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Real estate agents fuel inspection fraud

Consumers fall victim to deceitful business agreements
Published on Jun 29, 2004

Dear Barry, As an expert witness in construction defect lawsuits, I see many cases involving home inspectors who fail to disclose defects or who minimize the findings in their reports. In most cases, these inspectors are members of the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) or a similar association. One inspector confided that too many problems in his report might "kill" a sale and the agent would no longer recommend him to buyers. Another inspector said he was expected to "work with the agents"–not to raise red flags or be too "nit-picky." This is disturbing, since home inspector referrals come mainly from agents. It also indicates that inspector organizations are not policing the industry very well. Perhaps CREIA or their insurance carriers could maintain a database of court rulings against inspectors and agents. The industry needs to do its job before the government steps in. – Ray Dear Ray, Your position as an expert witness exposes you to the worst ex...

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