Dear Barry, I am a newly certified home inspector and have a question that involves professional ethics. When I attended home inspection school, my instructor told the class that we should not be "deal-breakers," or real estate agents would not refer us to their clients. I thought that home inspectors were supposed to disclose substandard property conditions and other serious defects for the benefit of home buyers. How can we perform this function in a competent and ethical manner without losing the support and recommendations of agents? --James Dear James, You have invoked the most sensitive and controversial subject pertaining to the home inspection business. A central concern among professional home inspectors everywhere involves our relationship with real estate professionals. Home ins...
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