Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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Before I start the inspection, I ask the Buyer if it’s okay to discuss of disclose what I may find during the inspection with (1) their agent, (2) seller, and (3) sellers agent. I also ask to sit down with the parties who may be present (agents from both sides, seller and buyer) to discuss what I will and will not be doing. I invite the buyer to accompany me if they like, and give them a 2-way radio if they are not tagging along. I set the ground rules before doing any real inspecting. I also tell all parties how long I expect the inspection to take, barring any unforseen delays. I then ask the seller some simple questions about the home, like how long they’ve lived there, if they were the original owners, if they ever had a major repair or upgrade performed (like heating, roof doors, windows, water heater, kitchen, etc.) I also ask if they built anything, like a deck, room, or patio, etc since they’ve been there. Some agents freak out by this. Some REALLY freak out. Hey, the way I see it, it’s my job to discover the MOST about the home in the three hours I’m there, that is possible. Homeowners are a great source of information. Agents believe that I am endangering the sale by “disclosing” the seller in this manner. The buyer may hear something that they don’t like. Oh, well…
As far as an angry seller goes, I agree with Ben... walk away, clog the toilet, and leave Joe M's card...
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