Are gifts considered financial compensation?

InterNACHI Code of Ethics states:

The InterNACHI® member shall not offer or provide any disclosed or undisclosed financial compensation directly or indirectly to any real estate agent, real estate broker, or real estate company for referrals or for inclusion on lists of preferred and/or affiliated inspectors or inspection companies.

Are non-monetary gifts with monetary value, such as gift cards, sports tickets and concert tickets considered financial compensation?

I would say so.


Best to stay at arm’s length from anyone who benefits from the closing of the deal, in my opinion. A thank you and maybe a $3 branded tape measure is my limit. If an agent is referring you because you give them gifts of significant value, then that reflects poorly on all involved.


I’d do what it takes to pay the bills groceries and the utilities.

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I would say that those are definitely indirect financial compensation. I agree with Ryan and it goes both ways. No agents are giving me anything. I like to say that I don’t even get a Christmas card from anyone (although one always sends me a birthday card from his constant contact service) If a dispute arises, it’s better if a disgruntled client cannot point to some cozy relationship between you and a referring agent.


I have good evidence that suggests a competitor is engaging in this type of activity, which is against state code of ethics.

Do I report this to the state licensing board OR extend professional courtesy and inform them that a social media post is exposing their impropriety?

What would you prefer if the shoe was on the other foot?


Yes, IMO it is considered “compensation”.

It’s your choice whether or not you report or turn in someone who is not playing by the rules.

  1. No licensee shall accept or offer commissions or allowances, directly or indirectly, from other
    parties dealing with the client in connection with work for which the licensee is responsible
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I see what you’re saying, but I would have never put that shoe on in the first place. Good advice though :+1: