New business article for inspectors: A RESPA-Compliant Way to Give a Real Estate Agent a Gift Certificate

If you’re not taking advantage of InterNACHI’s free benefit “A Gift from Your Inspector,” you’re missing out on an easy way to cultivate more business with both past clients and future ones, especially those referred by local real estate agents.  And you can use this free gift without fear of violating any codes of ethics. Read our latest article to find out how:  A RESPA-Compliant Way to Give a Real Estate Agent a Gift Certificate.

New consumer article: Why Get a Home Inspection If You’re Buying “As Is”?

Buying a home is an expensive proposition, and most people understandably try to save on costs however they can.  But especially if you’re buying an “as is” house in order to pour your own sweat equity into making it a home (or even just to flip it), it’s no time to skimp on the home inspection.  Read our latest article by InterNACHI General Counsel Mark Cohen and Founder Nick Gromicko to find out why:  Why Get a Home Inspection If You’re Buying “As Is”? (Inspectors:  Post this article on your website!)

InterNACHI releases its new Walk-Through Agreement

Get the protection you need for conducting walk-throughs of residential and commercial properties by using InterNACHI’s new Walk-Through Agreement. Even though walk-throughs are less formal and don’t require you to generate a written report for your clients, you still need to be protected from any potential liability.  We offer it as an editable Word.docx and a ready-to-download PDF.

New legal article for inspectors: Unsigned Inspection Contracts

Some inspectors think that an informal, handshake agreement is good enough to get the ball rolling on an inspection appointment, saving the legalities for when money actually changes hands.  But it’s vital for home inspectors to protect their legal interests, as well as manage their clients’ expectations, by having their contract signed before performing any services.  Read about the problems that can arise in InterNACHI General Counsel Mark Cohen’s latest article, Unsigned Inspection Contracts.

Writing Inspection Reports in the Past Tense

Should inspectors write their report observations in the past tense?

I say, “Yes.” It may help reduce your liability.

Isn’t the report a document stating the condition of the property at the time of the inspection? Yes. Then why use the present tense?

Read “Inspection Reports:  Past or Present Tense?” here.

Washington State Home Inspector Licensing Board approves InterNACHI’s free, online courses.

InterNACHI is pleased to announce that the Washington State Licensing Board has approved InterNACHI’s free, online inspector training courses including:

  • How to Inspect the Attic, Insulation, Ventilation and Interior course for 14 hours of home inspector continuing education.
  • Electrical Inspection course for 4 hours of home inspector education.
  • Safe Practices for the Home Inspector course for 4 hours of home inspector education.
  • How to Perform Exterior Inspections for 16 hours of home inspector education.
  • How to Inspect HVAC Systems course for 12 hours of home inspector education.
  • Structural Issues for Home Inspectors for 4 hours of home inspector education.
  • Roofing Inspection course for 4 hours of home inspector education.
  • Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors course for 8 hours.
  • Moisture Intrusion Inspections for 8 hours.
  • Deck Inspections course for 3 hours of home inspector education.

CLICK HERE to see actual approvals from the Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board of the Department of Licensing.

Tennesee approved another one of InterNACHI’s free, online home inspector continuing education courses.

InterNACHI is pleased to announce that the State of Tennessee, Department of Commerce and Insurance, Division of Regulatory Board, Home Inspector Licensing Division has approved InterNACHI’s free, online “How to Inspect the Attic, Insulation, Ventilation and Interior” course today for 14 hours.
Tennessee has also approved the following courses:
InterNACHI’s free pre-licensing courses have also been approved by the State of Tennesse for home inspector pre-licensing and continuing education. CLICK HERE for information on free pre-licensing courses and becoming a licensed home inspector in Tennessee.

And the  State of Tennessee Real Estate Commission approved InterNACHI’s What Every Real Estate Agent Needs to Know about Home Inspections course for 4 hours of CE.

InterNACHI is also approved in bordering states:

InterNACHI… #1 in inspector education!

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Oklahoma approves InterNACHI’s online courses for pre-licensing and continuing education.

InterNACHI is pleased to announce that today the Oklahoma Committee of Home Inspector Examiners approved InerNACHI’s free, online home inspection courses for pre-licensing of home inspectors.  InterNACHI’s 134-hour pre-licensing course was approved along with two other free, online inspector courses.

Oklahoma had previously approved InterNACHI’s free, online home inspection courses for continuing education purposes.

For more information visit the Oklahoma home inspector approved education page.

Inspector Selection, A Real Estate Agent’s Duty.

By Nick Gromicko
Former REALTOR
Founder, International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

The seller has accepted your clients’ offer and now with your help, your clients must choose a home inspector.   Should you steer them toward the inspector who writes the softest reports?  Should you steer them toward the inspector that pays to be on your office’s preferred vendor list?  Should you help them find the cheapest inspector?  The answers to these questions are of course no, no, and hell no.

You have fiduciary duty to your client and therefore must recommend the very best inspectors.  If you recommend a patty-cake inspector, an inspector who indirectly pays for your recommendation, or a cheap inspector, you violate your fiduciary duty to your client.

The National Association of REALTORs defines your duties in their Code of EthicsArticle 1 requires you to protect and promote your client’s interests.  Article 6 requires you to disclose any financial benefit you may receive from recommending related real estate services (this includes benefit to your broker also).

Because most real estate agents only get paid if the real estate transaction successfully takes place, your personal interests and your fiduciary duties already conflict.  Don’t make your situation any worse.  The best way to avoid negligent referral claims, operate ethically, and fulfill your fiduciary duty is to help your client find an inspector based solely on merit.  And although no real estate agent can guarantee the thoroughness of any particular inspector, there is a strong correlation between an inspector’s fees and his/her competence (you get what you pay for).  Helping your client find a cheap inspector during the purchase of their lifetime, is a violation of your fiduciary duty.    When in doubt, shop price, and seek out the most expensive inspectors for your clients.