Real estate agents and home inspections

People’s perception of the real-estate agent is most ambivalent. On the one hand, the agent is seen as a “person ?” who would do anything to sell, and would sell anything to make a buck. At the same time, the real-estate agent is perceived as a prestigious professional.

The agents’ function is to sell homes, property and buildings. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of the real-estate transaction. They are the central piece of a complex puzzle. Anyone buying or selling a home knows what I’m talking about.

Some people selling their home can well do without an agent. Nowadays, there are specialized businesses and many resources to help you prepare and sell your property. Then, there are the rest of us.

Agents are usually paid by commission. That is to say that the higher the price you pay, the bigger the commission. Objectively considering, the agent’s interests are in contradiction with that of the buyer’s (and, to a certain point, that of the vendor's). Fortunately, there are other aspects of the transaction. For example, a professional real-estate agent knows that satisfied clients are repeat customers. That is the best publicity one can get. To protect their clients from making a big mistake, the professional agent will insure that all information is made available. That is the reason why a professional agent will want a thorough inspection done by an experienced, independent professional inspector. The agent knows there is always a risk the transaction may fall if major problems are found. Better that, than an unsatisfied customer.