New Income Source for Florida Realtors

I had a call this morning from a woman that had questions about a inspection I had performed. I didn’t recall her name so I asked what her relationship was in the transaction. She told me that I had done the inspection for the previous buyer and she had bought the report and had some questions about the house. I asked her how much she paid for the report. She gave the buyers agent $100. I told her that she is not my client and I have no duty to her (she didn’t like that). The house was a total POS (flipper that made it look pretty) so I had no desire to inspect it again.

So it looks like agents have found a new way to supplement their income during these hard times.

I called DBPR and had to leave a message so I don’t know what their position is in a situation like this. I think that the agent should lose their license.

I called the Broker and was directed to the sells manager. The sells manager didn’t seem to see what the problem was until I asked if her office wanted all of the liability for the inspection if the new buyer had problems. She asked me under what circumstances would I allow a report to be sold to another buyer. I told her there was no situation where I would sell the report to someone else.

I will keep the thread updated as this progresses.

So…how much was your cut?:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Love it…I figure let them screw themselves over. Have the DBPR say that this is acceptable action and then we will all call and show how the Florida Home Inspectors are NOT to be treated.

Let’s ban together and make things happen. I say we all call on the same day if nothing is done, even if its only 1/3 of us, thats like 1250 inspectors. Watch and see what happens.

Lets make things happen. We are the big boys on the block getting bullied and its stupid! Lets sstart making a stand for the industry as a whole.

My bet it that they do absolutely nothing. I have never heard of a law stating that someone cannot sell information that was given to them. Kind of like me giving you a book and then you sell the book for 50 dollars. good for you / bad for me.

She did not perform the inspection so I see no LEGAL problem. She just sold info she had in her possession.

Technically the realtor didn’t own it to sell it. The report belonged to the buyer who paid for it. To me… the realtor stole the report for her own use and purpose and wrongfully gained 100 bucks. People Suck.

Exactly!

Think how you would feel Mike if you found out that someone was selling your inspection reports.

I just spoke with the listing agent (seller, broker) who set up the deal for the buyer to get $100 for the report. She gave the report to the new buyer. So in this case it wasn’t the buyers agent at fault. The lady that called really didn’t care about her liability. The new buyer is a cash investor and she was just trying to speed things along so they could close before the end of the month.

I know that we can’t control what happens with our reports, but the other professionals in the transaction should be required to keep the information confidential.

Don’t any of you claim Copywrite of your work?

Please do not misunderstand me. I am against it completely.

I just do not believe she broke any laws.

She sucks that is for sure.

The word “Fraud” comes to mind.

So then I can sell your car Mike, if I have it in my driveway?

She sold something that was not hers, to make her life easier. Its wrong, unethical, liable and illegal. She should be punished.

Greg want me to call DBPR and ask for a ruling so we can get it on receord?

Russel,
Why stop there?
House for sale in beautiful Dania Florida…call for pricing! :slight_smile:

Like I said I do not agree with what she did but someone gave it to her.

I just think you will get nowhere with it. I hope you do.

She may have called one of us for the needed inspection but instead she took a short cut.

Good Luck I hope you all get somewhere with it.

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/copyrightmystery/#/copyright/

**This Report has been prepared for the sole use of the CLIENT named in the Inspection Agreement. **

This Report is protected by U.S. Copyright laws and information is not transferable to third parties by any person or entity, including Real Estate Brokers and Agents, Realtors or Attorneys, without written permission from CRITICAL EYE PROPERTY INSPECTIONS and the CLIENT named in the Inspection Agreement.

**CRITICAL EYE PROPERTY INSPECTIONS will not release any information to anyone who is not a party to the Inspection Agreement which has been contracted prior to the inspection. **

**Duplication by any means is prohibited without prior written permission and authorization from CRITICAL EYE PROPERTY INSPECTIONS and the CLIENT named in the Inspection Agreement. **

Transfer to any other potential buyer or another agent is prohibited. If the client named in the Inspection Agreement fails to purchase the property, any person(s) not included in the Inspection Agreement may be prohibited from using information included in this report for any reason.

This inspection report is valid for the date the inspection was performed, unless otherwise noted. The inspection report is for the Client listed above. It may not be used by other entities for any purpose without the written consent of both the Client and Magnum Inspections Inc.

©This report is work product and is copyrighted by the company shown above (Magnum Inspections Inc.) as of the date of this report (September 22, 2011). Duplication by any means whatsoever, including sharing access to a protected copy, is prohibited without prior written permission and authorization from the company shown above.

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Unauthorized duplication of, use of, or reliance on this report has the effect of all parties agreeing to hold harmless, individually, jointly, and/or otherwise, this inspector, the Company, their successors and assigns AND IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL COPYRIGHT LAWS.

This is right at the top of our first page directly under the header. I get calls all the time when someone wants to use one of our reports because they read this. It makes a difference. Use something. It will not stop a dishonest person just like locks or gates won’t but it will sure as hell make the honest ones think twice. It is not saying you can’t use, but you damn sure better get our permission and it isn’t free for every T, D, and H.

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I like them all and will add one to my contract. Anyone ever had any of them reviewed by a lawyer?

Yes, feel free to use and modify it for your needs.

Thanks, I did think I like yours best upon my first quick reviews.