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Buyer Agent Attendance at Home Inspections: My Perspective as an Alabama Home Inspector




As a home inspector in Alabama, I often encounter situations where buyer's agents are present during the inspection process. Recently, I learned that some agents have been asked not to be there, which surprised me. Having never considered it an issue, I started to wonder what the rationale behind such a request might be. From my experience, I've seen firsthand the numerous benefits of having a buyer's agent present during the inspection. Here are a few:

1.Expertise and Knowledge: Buyer's agents can identify potential property issues and understand their implications.They can provide valuable insights and guidance to help buyers make informed decisions about the purchase.

2. Client Advocacy: Buyer's agents act as your advocates throughout the transaction. They represent your interests and ensure that any concerns identified during the inspection are addressed appropriately.

3. Communication and Negotiation: Your agent can effectively communicate the inspection findings to the seller 's agent and negotiate repairs or concessions on your behalf.

4. Emotional Support: The home buying process can be stressful.Having your agent present can provide emotional support and reassurance.

5. Stronger Advocate: As a home inspector, I witness how knowledgeable buyer's agents can advocate for their clients. They understand the inspection report's nuances and ensure that your concerns are heard and addressed effectively.


Ethical Considerations: 

While I couldn't find the specific wording about interfering with a client's choice of agent in the current AREC Code of Ethics or the 2024 NAR Code of Ethics, the underlying principles remain relevant. Article 1 of the 2024 NAR Code of Ethics emphasizes the importance of "promoting and protecting the client's interests.". This includes ensuring that clients have access to the services of their chosen agent.


Conclusion:

In my opinion, there's no reason why a buyer's agent shouldn't be present during the home inspection. Their presence offers valuable expertise, advocacy, and support throughout the process. While some sellers may have reservations, open communication and a focus on ethical conduct can ensure a smooth and successful transaction for all parties involved.



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