One other thing that some of you may not know … 20 years ago in Missouri to become a real estate agent in Missouri you took a 40-45 hour long class that taught you to pass the state test (1 hr of law, 1 hr of finance, 2 hrs of math, etc, etc). Home, Termite, Environmental Inspections were NOT part of the training (I know because I took the class).
About 5-6 years ago Missouri changed their real estate laws AND now to enter the real estate business someone has to take a 48 hr class teaching how to pass the licensing exam; THEN they go and take (and PASS the exam) THEN once that is done the have up to 12 months to take a 24 hr class discussing the actual practice of real estate. In talking to several groups that teach these classes I’m told that **they can spend UP TO 30 minutes discussing the various types of inspections **in a real estate transaction.
IS THAT FREAKING AMAZING OR WHAT ???
We are allowing people with **MAYBE 30 minutes of home inspection training **to write state home inspection laws AND tell legislators what should / should NOT be part of those laws AND more importantly these PEOPLE are being allowed to consult and counsel home buyers and sellers regarding the results of our Inspection Reports, whether to get inspections or not, what to repair or not, what to negotiate for or NOT
I think everyone is aware this is NOT a Missouri thing / That the NAR back around 2000-2001 set up about 10 legislative goals for their long range program AND licensure of home inspectors was one of them. These goals were then passed down to the individual state board of realtors AND most state realtor groups started pushing them. When asked why the answer was simple - Their corporate attorneys had told them that in case of a law suit IF they could say - - “OH we didn’t know he was a bad inspector, the STATE deemed him qualified and gave him a license” - - This lowered their chances of being sued. ???
BUT even with the Realtors huge war chest for political contributions AND members to provide votes for legislators, you can’t just waltz in to a State Legislator and tell them you want to license another profession to LOWER or SHIFT your own professions liability, SO you gotta have a STORY. What is amazing is we’ve heard the exact same story in state after state, Home Inspectors HAVING hundreds of complaints; NO way to resolve a complaint WITHOUT licensure, etc, etc. KANSAS is a great example - - 2 years after inspector licensure the state has had 2 complaints for a valid reason (not the Realtors whiny … he stayed too long, he was so picky, 2 weeks after he was here the A/C quit SO he must have done something to hurt it AND we want him to pay for it, he KILLED my deal, etc, etc).
This ought to be criminal.
Dan Bowers, CMI, ACI, CRI