Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No, Paul, this is not one I've ever run into! What a scream (but not for you). I did have a client who complained once because the inspector didn't find enough things wrong with the house! (There was nothing to find and she lives quite happily in it today without issues and she did pay for the inspection.)

Nov 04, 2015 08:10 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

No....the contract is between the client and inspector....gnerous of you to pay him.

Nov 04, 2015 06:32 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

The buyer sounds like a real 'piece of work' that should be fired.

Nov 04, 2015 09:25 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Lucky for me that has never happened.  It would be like not paying a Doctor because he discovered you had cancer.

Nov 04, 2015 09:11 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

NO! Have had occasions where the home inspector received a bonus for pointing out a number of concerns!

Nov 04, 2015 07:55 PM
Robert Smith
Preview Properties, PC - - Brighton, MI
SRES, Search for Homes Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan

That's a new one on me.  I've had deals fall apart over a horrible inspection, but never refusal to pay the inspector.

Nov 04, 2015 06:37 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Paul. Wow, that is crazy. The home inspector does a great job, too well and then the buyer refuses to pay. Not very smart, but I would have handled it the way you did.

Nov 04, 2015 05:44 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Thursday morning Paul. I had that happen to me once. Never got paid by either the client or the real estate agent. I refuse to do any more work with that agent.

Nov 04, 2015 05:13 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393


You did the right thing, Paul.

Never had this happened.

I would fire the client too. 



Nov 05, 2015 01:50 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's never happened.... the home inspector should have taken that buyer to small claims court....

Nov 05, 2015 01:06 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Thankfully I have not endured this one.  Not yet anyway. 

Nov 04, 2015 10:16 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

The client should have appreciated the inspector.

Nov 04, 2015 09:16 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

No - I have never had that one - good call to fire the client

Nov 04, 2015 08:52 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

A great example of an individual who had clear intention of doing what they had already planed to do...."BUY THE HOUSE" and the inspector made that logically impossible. Therefore...RESENTMENT usurped reason.

Before the gavel can fall on this case....we really need to see that report. There are inspectors ...well, you know.


Nov 04, 2015 08:34 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

That is just crazy.  And, LOL, I would have done the same.  Who wants a client like that?

Nov 04, 2015 05:30 PM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

That has never happened to me, glad you let that client go, I would have done the same thing. Someone willing to pull that is willing to do other things to mess up a deal that is for sure.

Nov 05, 2015 01:41 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington not yet! 

Once we had stopped the home inspection half-the-way with mutual understanding between the client and inspector where client did pay partial amount to the inspector.

Nov 04, 2015 11:44 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

No, thankfully.    I would not want to work with that buyer.

Nov 04, 2015 11:41 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Never had that happen but if it did I would pay the inspector and pay them a bonus. I take care of my vendors.

Nov 04, 2015 10:31 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not surprising.

Jan 21, 2019 10:17 PM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Never had that happen Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington ....I have heard of it though ....People never cease to amaze me

Great question!

Nov 09, 2015 08:18 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Sounds odd - but - that's strictly between the client and the inspector.

Nov 05, 2015 10:30 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

All home inspectors I deal with here in California want to be paid in advance outside of escrow.

Nov 05, 2015 05:39 AM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

I provide my Clients with brochures etc. from several different Home inspectors and let them choose who they like. I don't want to get into a situation where the Client claims that I led or recommended him/her to a particular Home inspector who then wrote a favorable / unfavorable report. The deal to inspect the house is between the inspector and the Client. I wouldn't work with the client anymore tho.

Nov 05, 2015 05:01 AM
Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

oh wow Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington . that is wackadoodle. 

Nov 05, 2015 04:42 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No, never had that happen.  But have had them go after inspectors when issues arose after they moved into the home.

Nov 05, 2015 02:32 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington No, I've never had this happen. Some complained, but they always paid the bill. Kudos for pay the home inspector.

Nov 05, 2015 02:13 AM