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You must keep in mind which side the broker is on


The following are excerpts from a Boston Globe article written by Kathleen Howley, Globe Correspondent, December 14, 1997, entitled “You must keep in mind which side the broker is on”.

“You've spent months looking at houses with a broker. She gives you advice. You told her how much of a mortgage you can afford. She knows what your timetable is. Sometimes, she feels like a best friend. Well, she's not. Unless you've gone out of your way to sign a contract with a buyer's broker, you are probably using a broker who represents the seller -- a so-called ``traditional broker.'' That means she has a solemn responsibility to get as much money out of you that she can -- legally. Her client is the person who is selling the house.”

It feels like she's working for you, but really, you are in an adversarial relationship. By state law, that fact has to be spelled out in your first meeting. It is called disclosure.

"If you divulge information to a traditional broker, it's like you are going to the attorney for the other side during a legal action and divulging information that can be used against you. A traditional agent has to let the seller know anything that will help to get a higher price;.."

David Drinkwater, president of the Plymouth County Board of Realtors, said the best motto for a buyer working with a traditional agent is: keep your mouth shut. Don't make statements such as, ``I've always wanted to live in this house,'' or, ``I would pay anything to own this,'' he said. ``If you don't want the seller of the house to know certain information, don't tell the seller's agent. A broker can't sift information, from an ethical point of view. It's against the law,'' he said.”

If you ask questions about the dwelling concerning the structural, electrical, mechanical systems and/or any other material defects and the Owner and/or the Seller's Representative decides to answer those questions, what ever the answers write them down. More importantly confirm the questions and answers in writing (certified mail return receipt requested); they may become useful should there be a dispute in the future.

Whether you are useing a Traditional Broker/Agent or a Buyer's Broker/Agent, when buying a house (one of the biggest investments of a life time) Middlesex Home Inspection recommends you consult an attorney to ensure your interests are protected.

Middlesex Home Inspection does not solicit referrals from
real-estate agents and/or companies.

Further, under Massachusetts Law, Chapter 112, section 87yy ½, real estate brokers and salesmen shall not directly recommend a specific home inspection company or home inspector but may, upon request, provide a complete list of licensed home inspectors prepared by the board.  

Be sure to check out the video on what the experts say about using the inspector recommended by the Realtor/Buyer's Agent; click here to see what they say.

In addition, at the time of the signing of the first written contract to purchase, real estate brokers and salesmen, or the seller if no broker or salesperson is involved in the sale, shall distribute a brochure, published by the office of consumer affairs and business regulations, educating consumers about the home inspection process.
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As a Buyer's Inspection Service, personalized, prompt attention is given to every matter. We look with pride at a roster of diverse clients, ranging from individuals and privately owned businesses to multi-state corporations. Other home inspectors and their firms often pay the ultimate compliment of consulting with Middlesex on areas of concern discovered during their clients’ inspection and retaining us for their personal real estate purchases.

If you need experienced inspectors for your first or twenty-first real estate purchase, an Expert Witness in a Home Inspector Dispute and/or Consumer Protection Matter, call the office of Middlesex Home Inspection, the Buyer’s Inspection Service, today and let our experience work to your advantage