Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)

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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
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I am surprised any state allows and unlicensed professional in such an important aspect of home selling.  Mark

Jan 26, 2016 01:37 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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What Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint said.  At least then the "bad apples" have a license to lose...

Jan 26, 2016 09:58 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Jeff, it's not a bad idea, but I don't think that license requirements necessarily result in competence. 

Jan 26, 2016 10:52 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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Co went through this, but it hasn't passed into law yet. It failed the last time around. I think all home inspectors should be licensed. 

Jan 26, 2016 10:51 AM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

It is crazy that anyone can pass themselves off as a professional.

Jan 26, 2016 10:12 PM
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Gita Bantwal
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yes

Jan 26, 2016 10:06 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Jeff, always a good idea for professionals to be licensed!

Jan 26, 2016 08:17 PM
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Jack Gerbehy
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

WoW..... Their not.... unreal

Jan 26, 2016 05:55 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
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 Good morning Jeff. I think inspectors in all states should be licensed.

Jan 26, 2016 05:34 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Jeff. Absolutely, as some of the reports I have read, the home inspector did an average or below job on the report.

Jan 26, 2016 05:08 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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They are in TN and think it is a good standard for all states.

Jan 26, 2016 01:20 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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I believe they should be, yes.

Jan 26, 2016 12:41 PM
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Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
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Wow that's kind of incredible (read as incredibly stupid) to not require this.

Jan 26, 2016 12:10 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
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Some states require home inspector license but PA does not yet.

Jan 26, 2016 10:15 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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NO to licensing. Yes to competency

Jan 26, 2016 09:49 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Jeff Pearl A home inspection is an important aspect of our industry. Home inspectors should probably be licensed.

Jan 26, 2016 09:16 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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Home Inspectors are licensed and under the supervision of the Georgia Real Estate Commission.

Jan 26, 2016 09:14 AM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
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Yes I think it would be a good thing for Home Inspecotrs to be licensed in our state!

Jan 26, 2016 08:29 AM
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Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
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Absolutely. Sometimes deals are killed by a home inspection report.

Jan 26, 2016 08:01 AM
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I think licensing for such an important position is a good idea

Jan 26, 2016 07:01 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
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Jeff - I would have to agree with Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint. I would say that all Home Inspectors should at least be "required" to get certified or licensed. It should never be voluntary.

I think licensing is a good thing.

Jan 29, 2016 09:02 AM
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Amelia Robinette
NoVa House and Home - Frankly Realty - Falls Church, VA
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I don't think the unlicensed ones do much business, so don't really see it as a big change.

 

I can't believe anything is making it though the VA legislature! There's probably some add-on to the bill that will kill it.

Jan 28, 2016 12:08 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

UPDATE: Senate Bill 453 (Sen. Bill Stanley), which creates a licensure system for home inspectors, passed overwhelmingly out of the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee with 10 votes in favor, zero opposed and two abstentions. The full Senate will consider the legislation later this week.

Jan 27, 2016 11:49 PM
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Bob Crane
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No, there is already too much government control in our country, let the market weed out the poor quality and reward the good ones.

Jan 27, 2016 09:57 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
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Jeff,
I am licensed in Texas where inspectors must be licensed and in Colorado where they aren’t. I am STRONGLY in favor of licensing if for no other reason than a common standard that inspectors use. In Colorado, with no standards, inspectors write up stuff all over the map.

Jan 27, 2016 02:48 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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They should. In Florida, with the licensing requirement; many disappeared.

Jan 27, 2016 12:42 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Jeff... inspectors in NC and SC must be licensed and insured. I just still can't believe how many states do not require this.

Jan 26, 2016 10:14 PM
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There is currently no licensing requirement in Ontario. 

Whether Virginia should require home inspectors to be licensed is a matter for the Virginia state legislature to determine based on whatever criteria they deem important.

Jan 26, 2016 04:07 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Jeff Pearl interesting! I thought they are required to be licensed everywhere!

I am sure this will be a welcome change.

Jan 26, 2016 03:38 PM