Not that agents do it IF the report is tuff, BUT another inspector last year called me … He’d done a report for a client. The deal went south. Few months later he got a call from someone saying they bought the house because of his report and now they’ve moved in, this wasn’t mentioned, that wasn’t mentioned, etc, etc. He apparently asked who are you and where did you get my report because you’re NOT my past client, AND oh by the way MY clients were planning on gutting the house so some things they did not care about and were not discussed per their direction.
He was told that at an open house several months before 20-30 copies of the report were laid out for potential buyers AND when they decided to make an offer their agent told them they could save $$$$ and just use this report since it was done very recently.
The inspector wrote a letter to the brokerage telling them it was not theirs to give out and to cease and desist, etc, etc. The inspector then went on to tell me the brokerage then contacted the KC Realtor Boards attorney and asked him for an opinion, AND his opinion was that once it was provided to the seller and listing agent (they had to give it out to get out of the deal) it was public knowledge and the agents / brokerage was obligated to give it out to potential new buyers.
The inspector then showed me a copy of an email or letter (can’t remember which) that the brokerage apparently distributed to MANY other local brokerages or agents talking about the inspector that was trying to tell a RE Brokerage what they could OR could not do with his report.
The inspector told me he felt he was losing business hand over fist because of that … Forgot who it was, but I kept wondering about the outcome. Agents can be real vindicative in cases like this when an inspector stands up and says … You guys don’t run the show.