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Real estate agent accused of mishandling home inspection

Buyers hit with $30,000 in repair bills

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Dear Barry, Before we bought our home, our agent assured us that she would hire a home inspector and handle all the details. We were first-time buyers and had no idea how the inspection process works. We were not told when the inspection would take place and, therefore, never met the inspector. What's more, we never received a copy of the report. Instead, our agent simply told us that "everything checked out." So we trusted her and closed the deal. Since then, we've had to pay more than $30,000 for major repairs to the roof, the well, the septic system, and dryrot damage in the subfloor. No one will take responsibility for all of these undisclosed problems, and our agent just says, "The buyer must beware." We feel totally used and want to know if this is this the way unsuspecting buyers are routinely treated in the real estate business? – Nathan Dear Nathan, Your unfortunate experience is frustrating and unfair, but it is definitely not the norm. Clearly, your financial intere...