The strategy of the Missouri Association of Realtors and those in the assembly who wish to please them will want us all to believe that “legislation is a sure thing” this year. It isn’t.
I met with a high ranking member of the State assembly for some coffee, yesterday morning, and he was uncharacteristically forthcoming in his description of the State’s priorities.
While admitting that the NAR had a strong lobby and infrastructure, he seems to feel that the skyrocketing number of foreclosures and unreasonably high title insurance fees (and kickbacks to the agent referring them) pose a more serious risk to Missouri consumers than unlicensed home inspectors. Comparing the exponential increase in foreclosures to the total of 5 BBB complaints against inspectors over the past three years, he said the NAR has an uphill battle to prove a need — beyond their own desire to affect the outcome of the sale — for any such legislation.
Still, it will be written and presented. The real estate salesmen will send in their lobbyist, Sam Licklider, to try to make it happen. The ASHI leadership will continue to work behind the scenes to push it as well.
So, be ready.
Be ready to help to keep the legislators focused on fact and not the fiction produced by real estate agents who want to control the licensing board for home inspectors.