I’ve read a lot of helpful advice here on the forum about realtor referrals. But despite putting different aspects of the advice to use, I’m not having much luck getting realtors to refer me. Here’s the problem: almost every realtor I’ve approached claims they aren’t allowed to refer inspectors.
They say that all they’re allowed to do is give the buyer a list of area inspectors and let the client pick one. However, the more honest ones admit that more often than not, the buyer doesn’t know which inspector to pick or doesn’t have a preference, so the realtor will tell the buyer something like, “Well, I’ve worked with/used inspectors a, b, and c.” In other words, they pretty much refer inspectors while claiming not to.
There is also the matter of actually getting on a realtor’s inspector list, which some brokers here have been really cagey about. What I mean is, they pretty much won’t tell me whether or not they’ll put me on the magical list or not. I give them a copy of my license, some cards, and some brochures in order to be put on the list, but they still won’t confirm or deny that I’m on the list.
Also, it seems to me that if they’re being truthful about not being able to recommend inspectors, then all area inspectors should automatically be on realtors’ lists for two reasons: 1) all inspectors have the sanction/approval of the state and 2) if some area inspectors are left off the list, that’s tantamount to a tacit referral of those select inspectors that are on the list.
And finally, I’m not sure that being on the list would really help that much anyway because the vast majority of realtors around here can’t honestly tell a buyer that they’ve worked with me. That’s because they haven’t worked with me due to the fact that when I approach them they say they can’t/won’t refer me. So I’d likely just end up a name on a list that neither the buyer nor the realtor would gravitate toward.
That’s some catch, that catch-22. Anybody have any similar experiences or know anything about any legal reasons why a realtor can’t refer an inspector? Or is that just a broker policy–of every broker I’ve approached? Or maybe that’s just the law here in Mississippi? Or maybe it’s just a bunch of BS?
Hope I’ve described my problem accurately enough–any comments and/or guidance would be appreciated.