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Mike Krueger
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« on: June 29, 2012, 06:00:54 PM »

A listing agent came to the home inspection today.  She asked me what issues I found.  
She asked me to send her the report as soon as it was finished.  
I told her I only release the report to my client.  She said it is in the contract that she gets a copy of the report.  I told her I am not bound by that contract.  

When she left she asked me to call her with the details.  I am seeing more and more of this these days.  
Is anyone else dealing with this?  
How do you handle this?
If the listing agent is present during the summary what do you do?

Have a great weekend!
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2012, 06:03:37 PM »

Just let her know she can get the report from the client or buyers agent. You can't legally give it to her without permission is most states.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2012, 08:29:55 PM »

Would this info be in the state sop? 

I have a comment in my inspection agreement asking my clients written permission to send the report to their agent (buyer's agent).  However I don't think this is covered in the WI sop.  I would like to know where to find this info for my State.  Anyone know?

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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2012, 04:21:42 PM »

Goggle is your friend. ? Google WISCONSIN HOME INSPECTOR SOP.

440.975 is the law reference number. ? Pages 27 and 28 Item 7b. ? Took me less than 30 seconds to find the information. ? Specifically states you can't share information with anyone but your client. ? If you don't have a copy of the SOP you work under, you need to get a copy and learn it yesterday. ? Its your job and if you don't follow the SOP, you are in danger of having your license revoked. ? 

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/1999/statutes/statutes/440.pdf
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2012, 12:09:21 AM »

Thanks Bruce,

I just about have the WI SOP memorized and I didn't remember this being stated in the sop.  I checked the copy I have that I actually attach to each report for my client and I can't find this statement in my copy.  I thought chapter 134 was the up to date version.  I will do some more checking on this.     

Chapter RL 134
WI STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
RL 134.01 Authority.
RL 134.02 General requirements.
RL 134.03 Mechanical and structural components included in a home inspection.
RL 134.04 Contents of a home inspection report.

* sop wis.pdf (21.09 KB - downloaded 89 times.)
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2012, 09:56:20 AM »

Your document is the SOP only.  The Statues are the complete set of rules and laws that govern licensing.  They layout everything about how to become and stay a home inspector, not just the SOP of how to inspect a home.  You are correct in that the specific statement that you can't share the report is NOT in the SOP. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2012, 10:14:21 AM »

Good info Bruce.

I learned something today!  Smiley

I plan to make a copy of the statutes and present it if I am confronted with this request again.   

Thank you for your help.
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2012, 10:14:39 AM »

I never go into that much detail. If the client is there, I simply tell the agent " Mr X is the one paying me, so it is his report. If it's okay with him, I can copy you when I send it, or he can just send it to you himself". When the agent asks if I found anything, I always say "I ALWAYS find something". Or they ask "did you find anything major". My reply: "People have different opinions of what Major is. To some, an exposed splice is major. To others, and S-Trap is major. I once performed and inspection where all the floor joists were rotten on the ends. The client did not see that as major. He planned on replacing them anyway. It would probably be best to ask the client if THEY see any of the issues as MAJOR".
 
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