I live and work in a state that does not license electricians…or other contractors or builders. Interestingly enough, this is okay with the Missouri Association of Realtors.
I live and work in a state that does not have or enforce building codes in more than half of its counties. This, too, seems to escape the interest of the Missouri Association of Realtors.
No…their priorities can be found in their commissions derived from the sale of the house. This is something that must fall under their control, according to them and their lobbiests, since it is their income at stake with every transaction.
There is nothing about protecting the “consumer” that motivates their desire to control home inspectors through legislation…much as the realtors do in your state, John.
Our Attorney General handles consumer complaints. In the last five years, there have been (are you ready for this?) zero complaints filed against home inspectors. Would you like to know how many thousands have been filed against real estate salesmen, builders and contractors during that same period?
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, in 1991 - of all of the licensed professions in the state - real estate agents outnumbered all of the others with criminal records. As a result, today they get background checks before licensing…but they are still licensed in spite of their record. They just serve a “probationary” like status for a while, first. These people think they should govern US!
As for the other political force behind these attempts at turning marketing plans into law, you will find ITA/Kaplan (with their promises to certain ASHI members to be hired to teach when they fill their classrooms with state mandated licensing students) as the other player.
No where in all of this will you find the consumer.
In fact, at the same time they were attempting to indenture us under HB 978, the Missouri Association of Realtors proposed another bill (HB 324) that would have given them immunity from prosecution for lying to a potential buyer about the proximity of a known sex offender to the house they were trying to sell him. These are the priorities of the Missouri Association of Realtors.
All real estate salesmen are not as greedy and as crooked as the association they have lobbying for them, but apparently enough are to empower this group.