I agree, real estate agents and home inspectors should not be together during an inspection. In the years that I have been doing inspections I have made a lot of agents, both listing and buyers agents mad at me simply for doing my job and putting the client’s best interests first. I hate agents who stand behind thier client while I am talking to them about something, and they are making gestures and faces at me trying to get me to shut up. I tune them out. And the thing I hate the most is an agent who lets a client bring along a general contractor while I am inspecting a home, arguments errupt about what I see and what he sees, and in one case I walked out of the house telling both the agent and the client that if the contractor wants to inspect the house let him, but I guarantee that he will not be there if a problem comes up after closing.
Another thing, agents need to understand that this is our job, we are trained, licensed professionals and by them telling a client during an inspection that the leaking water valve under the kitchen sink is ok is totally wrong, and it has happened to me.
Lastly, a few years ago while inspecting an older home in Chicago, the seller clearly told everyone that was present not to open the garage vehicle door, that some thing was wrong with and was going to be repaired before closing, and what does the client’s agent do? opens the door anyway with it coming off one of the tracks and striking him in the head causing the Chicago Fire Department to respond and take him to the hospital. A few weeks later he tried to sue me and the seller for negligence, in the end his case was thrown out of court, and he was ordered to pay my legal expenses.
So if an agent gets in your way, tell them about it, most agents are pretty good about staying out of your way, but there are some who need the attention so they always butt in, don’t let it happen to you!!!