An Asheville area Real Estate Agent and Home Inspector tackle the question
Author: Jason Bellamy
Should I buy this house?
Author: Suzanne Devane
Jason the Home Inspector
Hey Suzanne, as a real estate agent at Asheville Realty Group, do you ever get the question, “Would you buy this house?” It’s a question that I get all the time and sometimes dread. On the one hand, helping to answer this question is exactly why people are hiring me. When I bought my first house I wanted my home inspector to look me in the eye and tell me that the house was okay and that I was making a good purchase. I was disappointed when he didn’t.
On the other hand, how could someone ever answer this question for anyone else? People buy houses for different reasons. Some people love renovating, other buyers can’t stand the thought of basic maintenance. Home buying is very personal and people have distinct reasons for selecting the house that they do.
Home inspectors only hold a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to home selection process. We don’t consider location, schools, charm, or value when we perform an inspection. Our job is to seek and find defects and report them. Having said that there are a few rare cases when I am tempted to say something above and beyond my home inspection. Before I get into one of those cases, do you ever get this question? What are your thoughts?
Suzanne the Real Estate Agent
Jason – I know that question well, and I’ll always start by saying there’s a buyer for just about every home!
As a real estate agent, my top job is to understand my buyer’s needs and circumstances. Otherwise, it’s just a case of the blind leading the blind. Let me give you an example of a home that can demonstrate an ‘iffy’ situation and how an agent can ultimately help buyers answer that question in a way that makes sense for them.