Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Experience and reality...not scare tactics...no estimates of costs for replacement or repairs...suggestion to call licensed tradespeople when necessary,,,not for every teeny tiny thing. Suggestions for preventative maintenance.

May 12, 2016 10:31 AM
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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

There are no perfect houses. I don't mind an inspector pointing out what needs to be pointed out, but I hate it when they put the fear of God in a first-time home buyer and do nothing but scare them. I look for someone with a good 'bedside manner.'

May 12, 2016 01:19 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I look for reputation and how that inspector has handled past transactions for me. I want a bit of finesse.

May 12, 2016 12:50 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Evelyn Johnston 

    "New" inspectors - I have an exception... a retired foreman/supervisor for one of the largest home builders in Tallahassee recently retired from that company... now he does Home Inspections... the guy knows houses like the back of his hand.

May 12, 2016 11:22 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I'll give anyone a first shot if they prove to me they are worth taking the risk

Seldom does it work out and I conitnue to use only a few.

I prefer experience and background and if they nit pick and reoprt the house is falling down and they can fix it, that's it for them!

May 12, 2016 09:48 PM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

There's one in Honolulu that I plan to suggest to clients. He is the first home inspector licensed by the FAA there to use a drone to inspect roofs for example.

May 12, 2016 02:46 PM
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Yes to all and I do not want someone that lacks the ability to present the report without scaring the buyers right out of their contract. 

May 12, 2016 02:02 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Knlowledgeable

May 12, 2016 12:39 PM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I want a home inspector that enjoys his work. Not someone who is just going thru the motions for a meal ticket. Attention to detail but not overboard that scares the buyers.

May 12, 2016 12:35 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I use the inspector that I do because of his personality, he does a good job, and he doesn't cause unneccessary fear with an 80 page report.

May 12, 2016 12:14 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Someone who does a thorough job, puts out an easily understood report, and a guy with a good, professional houseside manner.  I don't like the other ones.

May 12, 2016 12:13 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I look for experience and an inspector who is active in the commuity of real estate agents. I do not want a new inspector.

May 12, 2016 11:17 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

All of the above Fred Griffin 

May 12, 2016 10:21 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Mine is a lic contractor.

Jun 17, 2017 08:57 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

The inspector needs to be certified in my opnion, know the different facets of the home and operations.    Years of experience and definitely relay the real issues without the fear factor.   Just state the facts.   

May 15, 2016 01:21 AM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Mine is a former contractor and give a good report with photos.

May 13, 2016 02:20 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I want one that is sensible and not an alarmist.  Someone who won't call out something for not being to code, when that code didn't exist when the house was built.  I have a list of inspectors I like and a list we won't allow back.

May 13, 2016 06:55 AM
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Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC
Realtor/Broker

I like an inspector with a background in construction, as opposed to someone who took a class.

May 12, 2016 11:34 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

someone who talks too much about non inspection issues

May 12, 2016 11:03 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

unless I'm the Buyer...I don't!

May 12, 2016 11:00 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I want an inspector who will use an educational approach.

May 12, 2016 10:36 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Fabulous picture, Fred! I look for a license, lots of liability insurance, experience, and a report that is issued on-line within 24 hours of the inspection. And I expect that the inspector be readily available via phone if I need to call with questions or for clarification. I also don't want inspectors who run businesses on the side that would "repair" found items for my clients. We'll get our own estimates, thank you very much.

May 12, 2016 10:21 PM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

I only use those who have been referred to me by experienced agents who I trust.

May 12, 2016 09:33 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

The others have answered the question.

May 12, 2016 09:21 PM
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Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

i prefer to use tradesment instead of home inspectors.  they know more and can actually quote on a problem instead of find it 30% of the time.

May 12, 2016 04:37 PM