Inspector's speculation derails home sale

Presence of asbestos or lead in older homes not a given

DEAR BARRY: Our home was built in 1864 and recently fell out of escrow because of the home inspector. Our agent had been less than pleased with the buyer’s choice of inspector. She said that he had a reputation for stating speculation as fact, and that turned out to be just what he did.

When he arrived at our home, he stated that "because the house is old, it must have lead and asbestos."