In preparation for their push for legislation in 2008, the Missouri Association of Realtors (and members of some local chapters of home inspectors supporting them) are on a hunt.
Last year, a lobbiest for the MAR and the legislator who wrote HB 978 went to a television station in Jefferson City with a pre-written story that they had put together about a bad home inspection. They had a copy of the report (provided to them by the real estate salesman), the unhappy client all prepared for an on-air interview, and the whole shabang. They asked the news department to do a story on it that would highlight HB 978 as a solution to such problems. Unfortunately for them, the reporter put in charge of the story actually did research and found that he was being manipulated…he did a story, but did not include the “horror story” given to him by those pushing the bill.
This year, the same lobbiest and the MAR are on the same hunt.
I am asking Missouri home inspectors who, themselves, have any first hand stories regarding unethical requests made to them by Missouri real estate salespeople or first-hand knowledge of unethical/illegal activities by members of the MAR to send me an email with the information that you have.
Perhaps the knowledge that we are equally prepared with such information will be enough to discourage their use of it.