We're Realtors, Not Inspectors

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Real Estate Agent with Red Soil Real Estate Inc.

We get a call as Realtors from a potential buyer about a house, let's say a fixer upper, and the client asks "What is the house like?"...What are we as Realtors supposed to say in response?...We could say that we are not inspectors, we are sales people, and refer them to a bonifide house inspector...or we could give the client our assessment of the condition of the house...but there's a "fine line" here...we can't speak as having the expertise to assess a structure as a home inspector could...the safe response may be to generally give the client a description of the house on the premise that we are not experts to do so...if we don't answer the client, the client will think we are not very capable as Realtors...nothing is "cut and dry" in the Real Estate business, we always straddle a fine line with clients...we have to look after vendors and purchasers for sure, but we must also look after ourselves..if we are put ourselves out of the business, we are no good to anyone...

That's it for now...

George W. Jordan, Owner/Broker, Red Soil Real Estate Inc., www.buysellpei.com

 

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Rainer
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Daniel J. Hansmeier
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I would offer my opinion and thoughts and inform him that a professional inspector would be a good idea.

Feb 28, 2011 11:09 AM #1
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Karen Crowson
Alain Pinel Realtors, Pleasanton, CA - Livermore, CA
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I'd just offer that opinions of a house are very subjective. The potential buyer should see it for themself.  Once you get that far, then see where the conversation goes.

Feb 28, 2011 11:14 AM #2
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George W. Jordan
Red Soil Real Estate Inc. - Murray Harbour, PE

thanks for your valued opinions...

Feb 28, 2011 11:44 AM #3
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

If a client asks me for my opinion of a property, I will give it to my client, but I will also add that he should get the advice of the appropriate experts.

Feb 28, 2011 01:21 PM #4
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