[FONT=Arial][size=3]To: Commerce and Labor Committee[/size][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]I am President of Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings, a national grass roots not for profit (501c3) advocating for the safe and sound construction of new homes. A home is often the largest purchase a family will ever make. At this time, in the state of Kansas, there is no consumer protection for that purchase. Our organization would find it far more important to pass legislation that would hold a home builder accountable and responsible for shoddy construction than to license Home Inspectors who are the only neutral party working for the buyer in the purchase of a new or resale home. Every other person involved in the transaction has a vested interest in the sale.
In the 15 years that I have been dealing with homeowners in Kansas, and across the nation, I have never had a complaint against a Home Inspector. At the same time there have been tens of thousands of complaints about home builders cutting corners to add to the bottom line. The lack of window flashing, roofing felt, and improper grading, all of which allow water intrusion, and are issues that buyers count on Home Inspectors to find.
I might add that I have heard numerous complaints from Home Inspectors that some Realtors refuse to add their names to lists they give to prospective buyers if the Home Inspector has ever found issues that killed a deal. Honest Home Inspectors and honest Appraisers need protection from Realtors and Mortgage Brokers who only list professionals who do their bidding.
I am certain that the Attorney General’s consumer protection division would tell you that complaints against Home Inspectors are minimal as compared to other issues regarding home ownership like fraudulent appraisals, fraudulent lending, and shoddy construction.
Please do not pass HB 2260. At this time Home Inspections are affordable for purchasers. This legislation will certainly raise the cost and in my opinion will do nothing to protect the public since it seems to me that on this issue there is nothing to protect the public from.
Because Builders Owe a Duty Beyond Cashing Your Checks
Request for a Congressional hearing concerning accountability of the home builders in Missouri.
Nancy Seats, President
Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings INC. (HADD INC](http://www.hadd.com/))
Member: National Alliance Against Construction Defects