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    Default Relator Problems

    Hey guys I'm new to this site and have been doing inspections for almost two years. I just did an inspection and found a lot of issues. The relator never really cared about them, but he told me to change my report from saying Monitor to Acceptable because the furnace was near end of its life expectancy. He wanted me to say nothing about its age. I clearly told him that this information was for my client and its his right to know what he is getting into. He said he didn't want his deal to go south. Anyone have this issues, and what is the best way in dealing with realtors wanting to change the report? Thanks

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    You have been at this for 2 years and this is the first time a RE has crossed you?

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    You tell the Realtor you won't tell them how to do their jobs if they don't try to tell you how to do yours. The inspection is what it is. If they don't like it they can go pound sand. A Realtor will sell their mothers to make a sale.

    Might want to note the correct spelling of your foe. :-)

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    Ask the Realtor when he last took a course in ethics.

    That is an unacceptable request and the dope should know better. Its clear whose interests he does not care about.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Alberta View Post
    Hey guys I'm new to this site and have been doing inspections for almost two years. I just did an inspection and found a lot of issues. The relator never really cared about them, but he told me to change my report from saying Monitor to Acceptable because the furnace was near end of its life expectancy. He wanted me to say nothing about its age. I clearly told him that this information was for my client and its his right to know what he is getting into. He said he didn't want his deal to go south. Anyone have this issues, and what is the best way in dealing with realtors wanting to change the report? Thanks
    I would give him a $25 dollar cash referral fee in a*white envelope. This way if the deal goes south he has food money for the rest of the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Alberta View Post
    Hey guys I'm new to this site and have been doing inspections for almost two years. I just did an inspection and found a lot of issues. The relator never really cared about them, but he told me to change my report from saying Monitor to Acceptable because the furnace was near end of its life expectancy. He wanted me to say nothing about its age. I clearly told him that this information was for my client and its his right to know what he is getting into. He said he didn't want his deal to go south. Anyone have this issues, and what is the best way in dealing with realtors wanting to change the report? Thanks
    Tell Him you are very interested about his Sale,you are very busy and could he send you an email detailing what he wishes to change in your Inspection report.

    Forward his email to the Real estate Commissioner and file a complaint.

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    Hmmm. Perhaps Jon got this inspection through the REA and is conflicted as to who he is working for?

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    It's a test. If you get this one wrong you will eventually find yourself thrown under the bus by the same people that asked you to be nice and help them sell real estate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Alberta View Post
    Hey guys I'm new to this site and have been doing inspections for almost two years. I just did an inspection and found a lot of issues. The relator never really cared about them, but he told me to change my report from saying Monitor to Acceptable because the furnace was near end of its life expectancy. He wanted me to say nothing about its age. I clearly told him that this information was for my client and its his right to know what he is getting into. He said he didn't want his deal to go south. Anyone have this issues, and what is the best way in dealing with realtors wanting to change the report? Thanks
    Tell your client what the realtor wanted you to do.

    As for the term MONITOR, I don't think that term has a place in an inspection report but that's another matter.

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    I've been inspecting for over 10 years and have run into the occasional Realtors that want something changed in the report. I found that being somewhat flexible about the language doesn't hurt as long as the correct information is being conveyed to the buyer. Sometimes rewording your comment to be a little less alarming is acceptable if the defect being reported is not really all that alarming or needs that strong emphasis. If the request is just to soft-pedal something, not happening. Of course, if I've clearly made an error I will alter that. Out here in California, back in the day, builders had this habit of building what we call "cliffhangers" on stilts perched out over one of the canyons. The only portion of the structure that actually touched earth was a front edge of the platform at the road. I was feeling wild and crazy one day and called a spade a spade and used the term cliffhanger in the report. For some reason the Realtor took exception to that. Go figure! Okay, okay I changed it.

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    Simple:...Just tell him to take the shortest route to the nearest cliff and jump off.

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    A Real Estate Agent never sees my report before my client. And I always get permission (in writing) if the client wants a copy forwarded to their(?*)Agent.
    I have had agents call later and tried to get me to downplay something in the report. At that point, I will tell them they can have "my client" call me if they "need more clarification" but I really don't give the agent any information that they could take back to My Client as hear-say. I think most of the time, clients know when a Real Estate Agent is more concerned with the 3-6% than their interest...I Work for my client only...not the sale or the agent.


    *There is no such thing as a Buyers Agent unless the buyer is paying the Agent independent from the commission made on the sale of a home, it is called a fiduciary responsibility or relationship and this is almost always to the seller. In short the Agents (both)are working for the seller.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Harper View Post
    ...

    Might want to note the correct spelling...
    Relator
    Nucular
    Larnyx
    Jewlery
    etc.

    I give up. My parents were both English teachers.

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    Nothing to do with this thread
    Dana
    Seeing the photo you posted made me think of a house I was in.
    Many years ago I visited a friend who had a 3 story house in the hilly area outside San Francisco.
    The garage was on the 3rd story, slightly below the road.
    The first floor was on piers, about 6-7' up. That was a cliff hanger.

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Jon,
    Tell the realtor to take a hike. You are looking out for the client/buyer as he/she/realtor should be.
    You, do not make the "deal go south." The house and the buyer make that choice.
    Ralph Stakely


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    If you made a mistake that is one thing, reporting what you see so that your customer can make an informed decision is another. In your case, I would leave it alone. I had the same situation, furnace was 8 years old, mentioned it in the report. Listing agent went weapons grade crazy, calling me, threatening to have me "removed" from the office list. I just carry on smartly. She was even more angry at my surprise that I was even on their "list" since I don't go in their offices. Good times, good times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Harper View Post
    Might want to note the correct spelling of your foe. :-)
    The spelling I like is "Used House Salesperson"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    Nothing to do with this thread
    Dana
    Seeing the photo you posted made me think of a house I was in.
    Many years ago I visited a friend who had a 3 story house in the hilly area outside San Francisco.
    The garage was on the 3rd story, slightly below the road.
    The first floor was on piers, about 6-7' up. That was a cliff hanger.

    Rick & Dana,

    Hard to see because of the tree on the left, but I was looking at the underside of the pool. Not one I inspected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar Alquist View Post
    Rick & Dana,

    Hard to see because of the tree on the left, but I was looking at the underside of the pool. Not one I inspected.
    I'll bet it has a heck of a view

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Alberta View Post
    Hey guys I'm new to this site and have been doing inspections for almost two years. I just did an inspection and found a lot of issues. The relator never really cared about them, but he told me to change my report from saying Monitor to Acceptable because the furnace was near end of its life expectancy. He wanted me to say nothing about its age. I clearly told him that this information was for my client and its his right to know what he is getting into. He said he didn't want his deal to go south. Anyone have this issues, and what is the best way in dealing with realtors wanting to change the report? Thanks
    Don't worry it's very common most of realtors want their deals go through.But as a home inspectors we should also think about home buyers making most expensive investment.

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