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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am sure the has something to do with that fact that only one of you get paid whether the sale goes through or not.

Aug 16, 2015 02:59 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I agree with Shirley Coomer and Gabe Sanders, both should be trusted for their contributions. But Barbara Todaro draws the best line regarding inspectors. They are a one-shot contributor and much less involved and responsible in the overall process. Don't work with a real estate agent you don't trust! 

Aug 16, 2015 06:24 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

This seems to be a silly question to me.  We, as Realtors, need to have knowledge of Home Condition, Appraisal Value, Future Investment, Loan Programs, Qualifying for a Loan, Ability to Pay, Motivation, Escrow Process, Title Issues and our clients best interest.  How do you compare one aspect of a transaction to all we are responsible for to our clients?

Aug 16, 2015 02:28 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

According to Mike Holmes, the home inspector!

In my part of the world, the Realtor has to sort the wheat from the chaff:  too many inspectors have learned to kill the first deal and create false trust with the Buyers to ensure another pay cheque on the 2nd deal.  Not all, but many.

Aug 15, 2015 11:43 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I'm working on a transaction now and the buyers are very unhappy with the inspector.  It varies.

Aug 15, 2015 11:00 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

The inspector obviously since he gets paid regardless if the home sells.

Aug 15, 2015 10:02 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Sounds like you wanted to answer your own question.

A seasoned professional knows the audience will make statements based on the audience they are with and the response they want.

It's is easy to throw stones at the real estate professional. The question you fail to present in your example is 'Why hire someone you do not trust?"

Do you see the contradiction? 

And the other missing piece is, "What did you say?"

Aug 15, 2015 09:49 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

home inspector - the buyer thinks that the agent is only in it for the big bucks 

Aug 15, 2015 08:56 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Why? Why are they distrusting their agents?

Nov 09, 2018 10:42 PM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Good morning Michael Thornton,

 I always recommend  trusted reputable home inspectors.

Aug 18, 2015 12:03 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I would not say '' this or that''. Some of us, agents are not able to establish solid relationships with some clients, same will apply to inspectors. You just can not please everyone, if someone tells that every client they work with trusted them~ they will greatly exaggerate.

Aug 16, 2015 05:03 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

That is a case by case situation...many times the Realtor is someone better known and too often especially now...the inspector is whoever is available with tight time tables.

Aug 15, 2015 09:35 PM
Stefanie Cohen, PA
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty - Boynton Beach, FL
"I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows"

It is not possible to answer because it all depends upon the particular parties involved.  However, if this home buyer has said "5 times in one week " that they did not trust someone, they should find someone that they do trust. 

Aug 17, 2015 02:47 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Michael Thornton - I think both of them should work hand-in-hand. Each of them have different responsibility so there should be no competition!

The Real Estate Agent must focus on transaction and home inspector - on home inspection and state the facts!

Now there are buyers who say 'they don't trust their agent' must not work with that agent. (However, I have seen some buyers who NEVER trust any agent!)

Aug 16, 2015 05:33 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Sorry Michael I do not think the home inspector is the most valuable player. Most of my buyers cannot even remember the name of the inspector they used and that is even after I have them arrange the inspection so they have control of the process. I will furnish a list of trusted inspectors.

Aug 16, 2015 12:35 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I would put my money on the inspector.

Aug 16, 2015 11:07 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

I don't trust real estate agents either...

The reason that the consumer does not trust them is easy to understand if you understand fiduciary and read the AR comments.

Most agents look for excuses that something is not their job, when in reality they are simply shirking their duties.


Aug 16, 2015 05:16 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would hope that the Realtor is trusted for issues dealing with the transaction and inspectors for dealing with inspection issues.  Not a good sign when the buyers are not trusting their agents.

Aug 16, 2015 03:51 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Both need to be trusted.  I have to wonder what made the buyer think they can't trust their agent?  And if they don't, why continue to use them or at least have an honest conversation. In Az home inspectors are required to be licensed and bonded.  That said, you need to check  a website to confirm they continue too have an active license.  The inspector should be a "disinterested" 3rd party .  Give them more than one name and have the do their own due diligence.

Aug 16, 2015 03:28 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

They perform different functions in the transaction - hopefully both are trusted.  

Aug 16, 2015 03:20 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Vague and ambiguous questions.  Each "trusted" person does a distinct job.  If a particular home buyer doesn't like their agent, this doesn't mean that one is more, or less, trusted than the other.  Sounds way too personal to put a generalized question out there and expect a one answer fits all.

Aug 16, 2015 03:08 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

They should both be trusted, if not, pick a new one to work with.   Not sure it is nor should it be a "trust contest".

Aug 16, 2015 01:37 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Neither, usually it is the mortgage person.

Aug 16, 2015 01:17 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the real estate agent probably earned that label him/herself!!!! the agent SHOULD CERTAINLY BE TRUSTED well beyond the degree of trust from a home're a one shot deal show up once and are never seen again.... 

Aug 16, 2015 01:02 AM
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

That's a loaded Question Michael...Never heard back from my Building inspectors comments like that...mmm. Then again usually by the time the building inspector gets involved we have an accepted offer(contract) subject to a satisfactory building inspection with a week. It doesn't seem that any buyers i have had would be upset with me at this point, sometimes they are disappointed with the results of a building inspection, which then I deal with.

Aug 16, 2015 12:54 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think both should have the seller's trust.  I think your question does not have enough info for me to respond to this question.  I would have to know more of the story behind it.  A

Aug 16, 2015 12:32 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Oh my.. cant really say on this one.. it varies.

Aug 16, 2015 12:31 AM
Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

Trust will quickly fade with negative action on either side. I think clients will probably trust both equally until proven otherwise.

Aug 16, 2015 12:15 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Ha! I think that is a trick question!

Aug 16, 2015 12:10 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I think communication, being available and answering their questions are the 3 MUSTS. Too many buyers didnt research the agent and hired the first or biggest and soon learn bigger isnt better

Aug 15, 2015 11:54 PM
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

All for one & one for all. My entire team or they wouldn't be on my team. 

To answer your sub-question; lack of competence or character loses trust.

Aug 15, 2015 11:45 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Michael Thornton If trust is based on competence, I would say both are trusted parties. I don't know if I could trust buyers who bad mouth their agent to outside parties.

Aug 15, 2015 11:19 PM
Shannon Thomas
Selling Indy Metro, LLC - Avon, IN
Managing Broker, E-Pro, ABR,SRS, SFR

I think it depends on the agent but also I believe my buyers would say they trusted the inspector more for their area of expertise but me as a trusted source of bringing out needed information from the inspector.  We have separate areas of expertise but due to our years of experience with past inspections, inspection reports and inspection responses we can be a great resource to our buyers and buyers recognize then your value.  Overall value in any transaction it should be us as the agent but a good inspector is certainly worth their weight in gold. 

Aug 15, 2015 11:17 PM
Jeanne Feenick
NextHome Premier - Basking Ridge, NJ
The Agent you choose REALLY does make a difference

At time of inspection, the inspector....


Aug 15, 2015 11:01 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

If you're buying a million dollar propoerty with someone you should trust them. Was a gun forced to their heads to use a specific agent?

5 times? Really? That's crazy.


Aug 15, 2015 10:38 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Based on your scenario, I don't think the real question is just between who is more trusted between the real estate agent and the home inspector... Your sub question is the real crux of the issue... "What makes one lose faith in their real estate advisor?"  That, my friend, is a whole 'nother kettle of worms or, in our case... blog post!

Aug 15, 2015 10:29 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

The real estate agent as the client is looking to us to refer them the inspector's, attorney's etc.

Aug 15, 2015 10:24 PM
Toronto, ON

It depends upon the specific person who needs to do the trusting as well as the particular people who are under consideration for being trusted.  It is not appropriate to make a blanket statement.

Aug 15, 2015 10:19 PM