Dear Barry, Our Realtor recommended a home inspector who has a very good reputation for thoroughness and honesty. But the agent and broker for the seller have refused to allow that inspector on the property. They say the inspector is a "nitpicky deal-killer" and that their real estate office will not do business with him. They say I can choose any other inspector in the area, but not the one my agent recommended. Don't I have the right to hire a home inspector of my choice? --Andrea Dear Andrea, Your question raises two issues affecting the seller's agent and broker -- one of legality and one of liability. Let's begin with the legal question: whether you have the right to a home inspector of your choice. The answer depends largely on the wording of the purchase contr...
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