Don’t need a home inspection? Think again

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Dear Barry, We bought our home about a year ago. At the time, we were renting and in a hurry to move because our landlord had given us notice. If it hadn't been for the rush, we might have had a home inspection, but our Realtor said we didn't need one because the house had been "well cared for." That advice would be laughable if it weren't for the thousands of dollars we've spent for plumbing, electrical and miscellaneous repairs. The seller omitted all these problems from his disclosure statement, but we're especially disappointed in our Realtor for the faulty advice she gave. Shouldn't she have recommended a home inspection, and isn't she or the seller liable for these repairs? --Pati Dear Pati, You had every right to expect full disclosure from the seller, as required by law, and proper advice from your agent, as required by the Realtors' Code of Ethics. Unfortunately, complaints such as these are not uncommon. Competent agents know that it is unethical to discourage a ...