It is important when buying a home to have a Realtor working for you. When you find a home for sale and you do not yet have your own Realtor, you have the option of using the listing agent (the agent representing the seller), but having a separate Realtor who is working only for you is an important consideration. It is important to have a team of professionals to guide you through the process. This includes a Realtor and members of the IM Home Inspections team. While both professionals can offer valuable insights, it’s important to understand their roles and limitations.
Realtor Vs Home Inspector Duties
Per California Business and Professional Code, 7195(a)(1) “Home inspection” is a noninvasive, physical examination, performed for a fee of the mechanical, electrical, or plumbing systems or the structural and essential components of a residential dwelling designed to identify material defects in those systems, structures, and components. Home Inspectors are certified by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. We will provide you with a detailed report outlining the findings. However, as much as we love to help, we are not able to offer guidance on issues that are legally the responsibility of a real estate agent.
Real estate agents are licensed professionals, regulated by the California Department of Real Estate. They provide information and advice on a variety of topics related to the home-buying process, such as pricing, negotiations, and legal issues. They are also able to answer questions related to the buying process, such as how to make an offer or how to navigate the closing process. Realtors further belong to the National Association of REALTORS® or one of their local sub-organizations.
If a person does not have their own Realtor, it is important for them to understand that our home inspectors are not legally qualified to answer questions that should be directed at a professional Realtor. While our home inspectors will provide valuable information about the property, we cannot offer guidance on issues outside of our scope. A home inspector can not fill in the role of a Real Estate Agent or else said inspector can be liable for practicing Real Estate without a license.