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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

They take it personally, doesn't make the inspector wrong.

Sep 18, 2017 08:09 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Yeah, and 99% of the time it just makes an ass out of them.

Sep 18, 2017 07:09 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yes I had it happen one time. The inspector called me to find out what I thought about how to respond. It was a legitimate issue but the seller did not like it!

Sep 18, 2017 09:02 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Yes - sometimes they're right, other times...not so much! Just have a GC look at the issue and write an opinion - easy peasy (typically)!

No need to let your emotions get in the way - just deal with the issue(s) in question and move on!

Sep 18, 2017 08:54 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have had my professionals dispute items on an inspection.

Sep 18, 2017 07:29 PM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Yup. Always a hoot!

Sep 18, 2017 07:17 PM
Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
E*Rae Realty - Austin, TX
Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction

Yes, I have had a seller's agent dispute moisture readings an inspector obtained and questioned if he was using the device correctly.  It was a messy deal all around.

Sep 18, 2017 06:40 PM
Jay McHugh
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert - Boston, MA
YOUR SendOutCard Mentor

Yes..and the seller was right.....the inspector claimed improper cut of the basement for door to the addition..scared the buyer and deal went south.....Seller pulled permits; was a 20 year pipe fitter; respected small business owner...put on a beautiful addition etc....Next buyer up had no issues etc....took another 63 days to find that buyer though... Silver lining that buyer choose to list with me 7 years later and not his agent.....    Click here to see this great home

Sep 19, 2017 03:03 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Let these two fight out. I suggest let hin get another inspector.....

Sep 18, 2017 08:49 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Oh Yea...I tell the seller to get their own opinion

Sep 18, 2017 08:23 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Just once;  I had the buyer, but the seller denied the results of the home inspection.  It was completely undeniable (and there was evidence the seller had tried to cover it up), yet the seller insisted the home inspector was wrong.  I got a great blog post of the experience.  LOL  As the transaction wore on, it became more and more evident the seller had issues.   Oh, yes, and he took down our license plate numbers when we viewed the house for the first time - THAT should have been the first red flag.

Sep 19, 2017 04:30 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We've had Buyer Agents request improvements and enhancements (not repairs) who found their nose out of joint when they walked face first into the "NO" door! 

Sep 19, 2017 04:25 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I've not had a seller contact and inspector directly, but they've made their feelings known to me. I often hear about the "over-zealous" inspector, who actually provided a very clean report. Just part of the job and I spend a lot of time upfront explaining to buyers and sellers how this process works in NC and not to take it personally or to over-react.

Sep 19, 2017 03:24 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Sure, just be glad they weren't blasting you or your buyer directly.

Sep 18, 2017 09:23 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Yes, but about half the time, the seller is correct.  We recently busted a very reliable home inspector who said "Cracks in driveway", and there were absolutely NO cracks...


Just need to be careful.  Most pros will correct an error

Sep 18, 2017 08:09 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It does happen.

Sep 18, 2017 07:06 PM
Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

I've done that a couple of times myself. Some inspectors try to make a name for themselves or add things to their report that don't even match the house. When that happens, I call for corrections.

Oct 18, 2017 01:41 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have buyers currently, where they are selling a home out of town, and got their inspection report, and were very angry over the inspector's comments.  Did not hear they called him though.

Sep 21, 2017 07:41 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I've had them grumble to me, but never all the inspector to my knowledge

Sep 20, 2017 01:59 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - oh yes. On almost 3 years old unit with everything in perfect shape.

The inspector comes up with the laundry list.

The seller rejected the list and guess what, the home was sold for about $5K higher price to the next buyer.

Sep 19, 2017 10:56 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Never happened yet to me, but it is only a matter of time

Sep 19, 2017 11:33 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I don't think it's ever gotten to a screaming match, but I've come close to filing a complaint when an inspector stepped over the line.  That inspector is not allowed to set foot on any of my listings.

Sep 19, 2017 10:26 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Facts are another matter

Sep 19, 2017 10:05 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Yes, but not that vehemently.

Sep 19, 2017 10:05 AM
Bonnie Coakley
ERA Grizzard Realty - Orlando, FL
Orlando residential, relocation, military

Yes, I was working with the buyer, the seller stayed for the inspection, continued to interrupt the inspector to explain things (or deny them).  The inspector told her to be quiet that the buyers were paying for the inspection.  That set her off, she threatened to sue, complained to the owner of the inspection company, and it took work to not have my buyers cancel because of the attitude of the seller.  The irony is, the only thing that was a safety issue was the GFCI wasn't working, and it was an easy fix.  

Sep 19, 2017 09:25 AM
Berkshire Hathaway Baton Rouge
Berkshire Hathaway - Baton Rouge, LA

Absolutely. I have had several sellers question my inspector, my choice of an inspector, and the list of repair suggestions. I have usually had the inspector come back and walk through the list with sellers to ease their mind. 

Sep 19, 2017 08:43 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

My best story is the listing agent/broker of big office.  She had owned the property previously, sold it to the current seller and did not want to admit that there was anything wrong with "her" former house.

NONE of the windows opened, and she started screeeeming at the inspector that she lived there for 5 years and the windows DO NOT NEED TO OPEN.  There were many issues with the house...every deficiency she came unglued about.  The inspector was about ready to give up and leave when Mike put her in her place...

Later she refused to agree to a closing time and then tried to sell the property to someone else (her own buyer)...I kid you not.  My buyer had to hire an attorney to file an emergency lis pendins against the property so that seller could not sell it to anyone else.  As it turned out, my buyer closed on the property.

BTW she was the chairman of the grievance committee...a real peach.  I refuse to show any of her listings, because it is not in the best interest of my client to have to deal with a crazy listing agent.


Sep 19, 2017 08:15 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

No. I warn sellers in advance.  I also warn them about what they might see on my agent visual inspection disclosure.  

Sep 19, 2017 07:41 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Oh yes, many times.

Sep 19, 2017 07:37 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Yes, just last month, an insoector tore the home apart and wrote lack of maintenance which set him off, especially saying furnace had not been serviced for years when it was last May with a new burner.

Sep 19, 2017 06:19 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin I've never had this happen. Most of the denials come when the purchaser wants the repairs or replacements done.

Sep 19, 2017 06:08 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Once , but PHOTOS tell the tale !!!

Sep 19, 2017 05:46 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

no...never in 39 years.... I made sure it didn't happen.... that's a good way to lose a deal.... 

Sep 19, 2017 05:36 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes, and refused to do any repairs to his gem of a house. Last I checked, he still owns it and it is getting worse!

Sep 19, 2017 05:36 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Sep 19, 2017 05:31 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Yes.  Not all inspectors are created equal.  Or sellers/buyers.  Or agents. Stuff happens.   Depending on the people involved, the situation, the reports, timing, the market and other factors -- the issue is either resolved or a transaction can fall apart.   We pick up the pieces and move on.   

Sep 19, 2017 05:29 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

It has happened and the inspector was extremely reasonable and gracious.

Sep 19, 2017 05:04 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Sellers take it so personally. Some things are petty & the seller can use this option even though it won't solve any problems.

Sep 19, 2017 04:43 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Sep 19, 2017 04:36 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Sometimes. Usually the homeowner had done several projects and repairs and didn't know half of what he thought he knew.

Sep 19, 2017 03:41 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Sep 19, 2017 03:17 AM