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Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

I am not, or I will not take on any more clients.   I know some agents that dont take care of their clients needs, regardless of how busy they are or are not.  It may have more to do with their work ethic than how busy they are.   There are 24 hours in a day, I can always make the time to take care of the clients' I represent needs.

Jun 10, 2015 12:13 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Just because they missed a call does not mean it's a common practice.  You probably should have told the buyer to ask the seller and not put you in the middle.

Jun 09, 2015 10:49 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Not in my world.  

Jun 10, 2015 02:31 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I always attend home inspections.

Jun 10, 2015 02:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Some are, some aren't. I limit how many clients I work with a any given time to ensure that my service standards don't drop.

Jun 10, 2015 12:44 AM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Realty - Blue Bell, PA

These expectations of the seller leaving/not leaving should have been addressed prior to the home inspection date. 

I had an occassion where the seller was unable to leave during the home inspection due to a medical condition. I called the buyers agent and let them know that the seller would be home during the home inspection.

I would have had an issue with the home inspector if I was representing the sellers and the home inspector asked them to leave. 

Jun 10, 2015 12:18 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

why isn't there an agent there during the inspection??? unheard of.... both agents should be there if they are doing a good job of representing their clients....

Jun 09, 2015 10:53 PM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

I don't think so. That is why I step in where I can to help my agents. 

Jun 09, 2015 10:37 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If they are, then they aren't good agents.

Feb 10, 2019 07:01 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

The good ones? No

Apr 08, 2018 06:41 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I tell sellers to vacate their home during home inspections. I usually attend inspections with buyers but don't make an appearance until an hour before the inspector finishes. If the inspector calls me and I know he's inspecting one of my properties or conducting an inspection for my buyers, I am going to answer my phone. I am amazed at the number of agents who make no appearance at an inspection. I'm fortunate. If I'm unavailable, Tom can meet buyers and inspectors.

Aug 07, 2015 01:41 AM
Frank Carr

I probably talk to one or more agents daily, I have not found this to be the case.  I have never heard of a client mentioning any scenario similar to this in Central Fl.  Only once was I not able to get in touch with an agent when the client was in need and that was a mis-communication between the agent and the client over scheduling for an inspection. 

Jun 19, 2015 04:28 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

Some agents are to busy.  But a lot of it is time management for some agents. You have to plan out your day and week on when you are calling clients, follow up & propect.  

Jun 10, 2015 10:27 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Good agents usually attend the inspections. The home inspection is for inspection, not "private time" for the buyer. That desire should be satisfied by scheduling it with the agreement of the seller.

Jun 10, 2015 07:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi Michael - that was a difficult situation.  Personally, in your position, I wouldn't have asked the seller to leave.  

As far as your question --- it's too general and there isn't enough information here to be critical of any agent based on the scenario you present.  I believe that no one should be in the house without real estate representation during a transaction but I know this practice does vary depending on jurisdiction.   A homeowner could say things to an inspector, buyer, appraiser that will adversely impact their position in a transaction.   

Jun 10, 2015 02:48 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Michael Thornton Very awkward! The seller should have been told before hand they should not be at home during the inspection.

Jun 10, 2015 02:27 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


not the agents we work with. A

Jun 10, 2015 01:53 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Any agents that wants to grow has to learn not just about real estate, but also business in general. When you get to a point that you are busy you have 2 options: limit your business or built a team.

I always say built a team and a business you can sell down the road when you want to retire, if you get that busy obviously people want to work with you why not take it to the next level and help more peopl?

Jun 10, 2015 01:51 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Unless I know and respect the other agent, I call upon my parenting skills and simply assume I need to politely state the obvious regarding our expectations in escrow. The quality of agents varies so much, it's lowest common denominator time...

I pre-set my expectations with Seller through their agent: date, time & duration I need the house for the property inspection and AVID. I do this in e-mail so I have written proof. This is private time for my inspector, clients and I to discuss the house bluntly. It's also when I talk repair strategies and negotiation tactics (hence private time).  So, I emphasize how we need the house and privacy. Some listing agents here want to attend, so I advise them on what time they may arrive for the inspector's "verbal wrap up", but not prior. 

For all other inspections, I don't care if the owner is home, I typically want them to hear first hand about these second tier inspections that come out of the property inspection like  roof, chimney, termite, etc.

Jun 09, 2015 11:40 PM