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Old 09-29-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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Seriously? Home inspection

I paid 450 for a home inspection on a home we wanted to buy. Turns out the home had a slew of problems, including structural problems and a leak "under the slab". We walked. Well, I got an email from my idiot realtor today, which cc'd the realtor who was selling THAT home asking if we minded letting the new buyer have our inspection report. I ,of course, said no let them pay their own 450. I hate to be a jerk, but I spent my hard earned money getting that report and I am out that money. It is gone. Why would anyone give it over for free? Got another email from the realtor apologizing, she had already sent it over and didn't think we would mind. Is that even legal? The end of October cannot come soon enough. Is this a normal thing to do? I have never heard of anyone doing that before. I am mad that my 450 bucks is going to someone else's profit.
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I would be very mad, too. Maybe see if the person is willing to chip in half. or if your idiot Realtor will knock $450 off the commission they make from you...
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Yep I would not be happy either. as far as legal, I don't know. but she should have had your permission before she gave the report that you paid for
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I would be very mad, too. Maybe see if the person is willing to chip in half. or if your idiot Realtor will knock $450 off the commission they make from you...
Since they didn't buy and walked the Realtor received no commission
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:58 PM   #5
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I would write a letter of complaint to your realtor's broker. What she did is unethical and probably illegal. It was never her report. My dad is a realtor and would never do that, ever. It's just wrong, period.

It also sounds like she lives by the "it's easier to apologize than ask permission" which will probably come back to bite her. That's a terrible way to do business (and life in general)
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I'd be ticked too but would have gladly shared it for 1/2 the fee. If nothing else, this should be your ticket to end all relations with this realtor. Tell her based on her misassumption, you are requesting release from your contract with her effective immediately. If she has a boss, let them know why. I would not waste another month with her, you have lost enough buying time with her mishandling your business.
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I'd be ticked too but would have gladly shared it for 1/2 the fee. If nothing else, this should be your ticket to end all relations with this realtor. Tell her based on her misassumption, you are requesting release from your contract with her effective immediately. If she has a boss, let them know why. I would not waste another month with her, you have lost enough buying time with her mishandling your business.
If her contract with the inspector was like mine above, that would not be legal. It's illegal to pass it on, period. You can't resell it.

The OP said she was going to notify the inspector. He might be looking for reimbursement from either the realtor or the seller, it was his report and is being used without his permission.
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I paid 450 for a home inspection on a home we wanted to buy. Turns out the home had a slew of problems, including structural problems and a leak "under the slab". We walked. Well, I got an email from my idiot realtor today, which cc'd the realtor who was selling THAT home asking if we minded letting the new buyer have our inspection report. I ,of course, said no let them pay their own 450. I hate to be a jerk, but I spent my hard earned money getting that report and I am out that money. It is gone. Why would anyone give it over for free? Got another email from the realtor apologizing, she had already sent it over and didn't think we would mind. Is that even legal? The end of October cannot come soon enough. Is this a normal thing to do? I have never heard of anyone doing that before. I am mad that my 450 bucks is going to someone else's profit.
Too bad you could not offer it to them for half of your cost and recoup some of your money before the realtor handed it over. You could always tell your realtor that you would like half of your fee or change realtors since you do not agree with their policies.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:18 PM   #9
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I paid 450 for a home inspection on a home we wanted to buy. Turns out the home had a slew of problems, including structural problems and a leak "under the slab". We walked. Well, I got an email from my idiot realtor today, which cc'd the realtor who was selling THAT home asking if we minded letting the new buyer have our inspection report. I ,of course, said no let them pay their own 450. I hate to be a jerk, but I spent my hard earned money getting that report and I am out that money. It is gone. Why would anyone give it over for free? Got another email from the realtor apologizing, she had already sent it over and didn't think we would mind. Is that even legal? The end of October cannot come soon enough. Is this a normal thing to do? I have never heard of anyone doing that before. I am mad that my 450 bucks is going to someone else's profit.
Why did the realtor have the report to begin with? When I was buying my house and had my inspection done the report was sent to me and only me.
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To me, it would be a kind thing to do. We are in the process of purchasing a vacation home and some previous buyers (whose contract fell through) kindly allowed us to see their inspection report. It helped us decide whether to make an offer or not.

But of course, that should be entirely up to you. I think it just depends upon what kind of person you are.
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This wouldn't have even hit my radar.
I'd have let them use it.
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This wouldn't have even hit my radar.
I'd have let them use it.
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I bet legally they couldn't even use it to get out of a purchase or to get repairs done. More than likely since they didn't buy it, it can't be used by them, just looked at.
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I bet legally they couldn't even use it to get out of a purchase or to get repairs done. More than likely since they didn't buy it, it can't be used by them, just looked at.
Perhaps not. But the OP didn't say that these new prospective buyers had a contract on the house. Maybe they saw it online and came to the real estate agent who said "I had another family interested in that house, but they backed out after the inspection. Let me see if I can get a copy of it for you." Then those prospective buyers could walk away before they even got into a contract.

And if they are in contract, they would know that it would likely be well worth their money to get their own inspection report (if they hoped to negotiate repairs), or it might be worth walking away and losing their good faith money before they end up buying a money pit.

This is all, of course, assuming that the OP is free to share the report with whomever she wishes.
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To me, it would be a kind thing to do. We are in the process of purchasing a vacation home and some previous buyers (whose contract fell through) kindly allowed us to see their inspection report. It helped us decide whether to make an offer or not.

But of course, that should be entirely up to you. I think it just depends upon what kind of person you are.
Get back to me after you spend 450 on an inspection, the deal sours and the next buyer wants to use yours.
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