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Old 5/22/18, 12:27 PM
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Default Legal FAQ Video: Should Inspectors Pay Real Estate Agents to Be on a Referral List?

Mark Cohen, InterNACHI® Legal Counsel, explains why home inspectors should not pay real estate agents to be on a referral list.
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Old 5/22/18, 7:41 PM
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Nice.
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Old 5/23/18, 3:44 PM
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Default Re: Legal FAQ Video: Should Inspectors Pay Real Estate Agents to Be on a Referral Lis

So are InterNACHI inspectors allowed to pay an adverstising fee such as Keller Williams charges?



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Old 5/23/18, 4:54 PM
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You can pay for advertising but not for inspection work.
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Old 5/26/18, 11:45 PM
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Default Re: Legal FAQ Video: Should Inspectors Pay Real Estate Agents to Be on a Referral Lis

So as long as it is said differently it is okay. No wonder all the Realtors call pay for play as advertising.



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Old 5/27/18, 6:26 AM
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Default Re: Legal FAQ Video: Should Inspectors Pay Real Estate Agents to Be on a Referral Lis

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So as long as it is said differently it is okay. No wonder all the Realtors call pay for play as advertising.

Texas demonstrated this years ago. As a matter of fact Nick was on a news video about the Texas incident decrying the practice. You know what they say "It's only illegal if you use the wrong words to describe it".



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Old 5/27/18, 7:04 PM
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We've even heard of brokers who call it "Inspection Brochure Management Fees."
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Old 5/27/18, 7:14 PM
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Default Re: Legal FAQ Video: Should Inspectors Pay Real Estate Agents to Be on a Referral Lis

Yeah, and I also paid and learned the hard way that those Realtor brochures (aka: advertising) means absolutely little value as marketing. Most Realtors often have their preferred inspector.



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Old 5/27/18, 10:45 PM
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True.
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Old 5/28/18, 6:58 AM
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Default Re: Legal FAQ Video: Should Inspectors Pay Real Estate Agents to Be on a Referral Lis

It is called pay to play , Some inspectors will fall for it . It is better to work on a good inspection service rather than to cuddle up to agents . There are good agents out there just like any profession . Keller Williams may have some of the high pressure sales people i ever seen . Some use very questionable techniques . I personally will not advertise on anything from them .



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