A lot of home buyers get bad information about home inspectors. Most of that bad information seems to come from real estate agents.
I just heard about a buyer who purchased a seven year old home and they thought they were smart to have a home inspection. The trouble was, the inspector was more worried about making the real estate agent happy and getting repeat business than he was concerned with doing a good inspection.
45 minutes later the buyer thought they had an inspection and were told by the inspector that they were buying an “above average home”.
Unfortunately the inspector missed a lot of issues, including some very expensive water infiltration issues.
Problems that could cost a home buyer many thousands of dollars in repairs. And yes, it was just seven years old.
I’ve got to say that in general taking a real estate agent’s recommendation on a home inspector is very risky.
Our office is different. Since we only represent home buyers and never sellers, we have standards. We only recommend credible, buyer focused home inspectors.
In our role helping home buyers decide on homes we are often talking about the various floor plans and designs of homes and how they impact the quality of living.
One of the real references on this topic is a book called “The Not So Big House” by Sarah Susanka.
Well, this year Sarah had the opportunity to really showcase her talents in the village of Libertyville, Illinois, just North of Chicago. Construction is complete, and the Grand Opening event was held Saturday, November 19, 2011, with more than 500 visitors touring the house and meeting Sarah.
Our friend John McFarland keeps a directory of Exclusive Buyer’s Agents from around the country. We appreciate him and we have shared his directory on our website for about as long as I can remember having a website. Here is his latest update.
Exclusive Buyer Agents who will find the Real Estate that You’re searching for…
I’ve heard from a couple sources that some incoming physicians doing their residency here have been receiving bad information about available mortgages.
It is true that the mortgage market has changed dramatically over the last two years. There are now only about a half dozen zero downpayment mortgage options now where two years ago there were about twice that many.
But, when you are buying a home you only need one mortgage, and if you are a physican here for your residency then realatively easy zero downpayment options are still available.
It will take some preparation and there are some limitations, but in general the Midwest Financial Credit Union is still a good option.
Closing before first paycheck
Ignoring student loan obligations in most situations
No PMI (but a higher interest rate to compensate for some additonal risk.)
A physician friendly application process
Note: These loans are specifically for physicians, so they are not visible on the credit union’s website.
I’m active on a few different professional forums. A major thread on a real estate agent/broker forum just really pointed out the difference between a buyer agent and what most real estate agents do when they are acting as a “buyer’s rep.”
A buyer’s agent remember is a company and their agents who are representing a home buyer on a transaction. If they are truly looking out for the buyer they will make the buyer aware of the shortcomings of the home. Before the negotiation even begins.
Judging from this blog thread, most buyer’s reps are just opening the doors and letting the buyer look at the home. Some are even actively “selling” the home.
A “real” or “genuine” buyer’s agent isn’t afraid to point out the shortcomings and use their professional expertise to help a buyer critically evaluate a home.