Inspection advice to avoid buying a money pit

Protecting financial interests more important than not offending agent

DEAR BARRY: We are in escrow to buy a home, and we hired the home inspector who was chosen by our real estate agent. When we asked if we could attend the inspection, our agent said this was not necessary and that most homebuyers don’t. Not knowing any better, we agreed and waited for the inspection report.

Since then, we’ve read articles that say an agent should give buyers a list of home inspectors from which to make their own choice.