Agents advise against home inspection for condo

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Dear Barry, I need to know if home inspections are required for cooperative living units such as condominiums and townhouses. As a buyer, home inspection is listed as an option in my purchase contract, but my Realtor and the listing agent both say that a home inspection is unnecessary. They assure me that the property management company performed a thorough inspection before the property was listed for sale and that there were no problems with any of the appliances. Should I rely on this advice? --Henrietta Dear Henrietta, For a real estate agent to advise against a home inspection is the height of professional irresponsibility and seriously undermines the trust that is essential between a client and agent. It is probably the most unreliable advice you are likely to receive in this or any future real estate transaction. Essentially, you are being misinformed about the substance and scope of a home inspection by comparing it to the walkthrough inspection likely to be conducted by a prop...