DEAR BARRY: We are buying a mobile home, and our agent says we don't need a termite inspection or a home inspection. She disclosed water damage at the bathroom floor and said this was caused by a window being left open during heavy rain. She says that a contractor can assess the damage. What do you think about this? --Sharon DEAR SHARON: Any agent who advised clients to forgo a home inspection is either unethical or totally ignorant of the real estate profession. There is simply no excuse for giving that kind of irresponsible recommendation to a buyer. You need to look out for your own interests because your agent is apparently not doing so. As for the water damage: How does the agent know this was caused by an open window? Is she professionally qualified to make that kind of assessment? In most cases, moisture damage in a bathroom is caused by water from a tub, a shower, or a leaking toilet seal. You need to hire an experienced home inspector, someone who routinely inspec...
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