Major real estate companies (EXIT Realty, Coldwell Banker) charging fees to put home inspectors on their referral list. Do these companies not make enough money charging commissions! Real estate companies are creating their own little monopoly. They get three to six inspectors paying anywhere from $150 to $300 a month. If you’re not on the list the agent can’t give out your card, nor will your card be available at the main office for hand out to walk in clients.
This is not only wrong but will lead the new home buyers down a path for an inside deal for inspections. Realtors will now be leading the home inspector so they can stay on the list.
Just another hand in the pockets of a small America business. Just another payoff in the USA.
Step one…If you find any inspectors on that list that belong to ASHI or NACHI, turn them in to the appropriate ethics committee and have them booted out of their association for an ethics violation.
Step two … Market the list to consumers as an official list of unethical home inspectors who are ineligible for membership in any legitimate national association due to their payment of kickbacks to real estate agents.
K W is doing it in my hood. I was offered the so call opportunity (Prefer Vendor) TWO YEARS AGO. I send them to pound sand. However, others did not.
They push their prefer vendor to their clients. You pay a FEE, brings donuts/pastries’ to the meetings + more…How about that?? I know of at least one that is a INACHI member that took the position. Do you think that DBPR or INACHI can do anything to stop this practice??? I doubt…
It forbids its members from participating. So does ASHI. Don’t be afraid to turn in the offenders and exploit their shame and the unethical stain that their expulsion will have on their business record.
When someone refers to the list, respond “You do realize that an inspector must violate his code of ethics to join in with real estate salesmen and participate in that collusion, don’t you? I’m not that hard up for business. I wonder why they are.”
(2) Any person who is found to be in violation of any provision of this section commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
History.—s. 2, ch. 2007-235; s. 20, ch. 2010-106; s. 12, ch. 2010-176; s. 8, ch. 2011-222.
You have good reason, IMO, to feel as you do regarding the person you are referring to and many others (like myself) will agree with you but it really has no bearing on this case. BTW, your list is incomplete.
In this particular infraction that we are discussing, the action would probably not be a “committee” issue, anyway. If you have a NACHI member in your area who is paying to play … provide a link to the list to the committee chairman and, as are about 99.9% of all other issues that are brought to him, he will take the necessary action without ever involving the “committee”. The “committee” is only called into play (in whole or in part) at the invitation of the chairman when he needs assistance or input. I cannot see him needing anyone’s “assistance” or “input” when he has the link to the list with the violating member’s name on appearing on it.
It is a pretty cut and dried issue that needs little or no discussion. If you are a member and you paid to get on the list, you violated the code of ethics.
I’m sure that the offending member will be given a choice to remove himself immediately from the list or face expulsion and the outcome will be be the result of his choices.
In this case, Roy, there is no one “sitting in judgment”. There are no conflicting sets of facts to sort, testimonies to consider or rules to interpret.
There is simply a list with a name on it.
I am not dismissing your valid remarks concerning certain folks who are on the ethics committee. I am saying that it is extremely likely that action will be taken on a complaint regarding this type of infraction without the use of the committee, but by its chairman and Nick.