Inspections can make or break a deal. When a buyer hires an inspector to review a home, there's a lot on the line -- and it can be a difficult step for those on the seller side, who don't have as much control over the inspection as other parts of the closing process. So, should a listing agent leave such an integral part of the homebuying procedure entirely up to the buyer, buyer's agent and the inspector? The members of Lab Coat Agents put in their two cents on the issue and made compelling arguments for attending or skipping inspections. Here's what they had to say: Represent your client in all parts of the process -- including inspections 1. Listing agents should attend inspections to prevent misunderstandings. Gail Bass, a Realtor in Florida, says she attends buyer inspections or will send a team member on her behalf. "I find it typically prevents misunderstandings, makes the seller more comfortable and keeps overly aggressive and inappropriately invasive inspec...
- Attending the buyer's inspection can give you a chance to address a buyer or inspector's concerns and curb illegitimate or outrageous claims.
- Others say the inspection is the responsibility of the buyer, the buyer's agent and the inspector, so they should be the only ones present.
- States have different contract laws that may make it beneficial for you to attend or skip out on an inspection no matter how you feel personally.
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