The InterNACHI member will not solicit referrals from a real estate agent(s) and/or broker(s) who are representing the seller in a real estate transaction when the referred client is, or is to be, the prospective home buyer.
Should a home buyer contact an InterNACHI member to arrange an inspection as a result of having been referred to him by a real estate agent who is representing the seller in the real estate transaction without solicitation, the InterNACHI member may conduct the inspection only if the client agrees to and separately initials or signs in the contract already required elsewhere in this code, the following statement: “I understand that the real estate sales agent referring me to this company/inspector has a fiduciary duty to the seller of the home. I further understand that it is a violation of his code of ethics for my home inspector to solicit home buyer referrals from real estate sales agents who are representing the seller in a real estate transaction. I am agreeing to hire this inspector based upon my own investigation of his qualifications and am not relying upon the seller’s agent’s referral as my sole reason to hire this inspector”.
Failure to comply with this provision of the code of ethics can result in sanctions by the association against the violating inspector up to and including expulsion from the association.