Are all people who work in real estate scum? Excuse my blogpost.

Are all people who work in real estate scum? Excuse my blogpost.

I'm a home inspector, I worked hard studying, learning all of the shit we have to know (and it is a LOT of shit we have to memorize and understand). I started my own company, and take pride in my work. I genuinely want to help my clients. I treat every inspection I do the same way I would if it were me myself who was buying the house.

My clients love me. I always work hard to make sure they know what they're getting into with a house. I never lie, ignore, or minimize problems that I find. I simply share the facts with my clients as I find them.

These real estate people on the other hand, the ones I've met so far, seem like total shyster scumbags. I haven't met ONE that I liked. The ones who I have tried to network with so they can refer jobs to me have ALL tried to pressure me into lying/obfuscating on reports.

This last one was this literal 70 year old boomer blowhard douchebag who showed up to the house in a 100k Porsche SUV and kept interrupting me during the inspection to try and "sugar coat" my findings with the clients. He actually got visibly upset when I pulled some of the basement carpeting up to reveal a crack in the basement slab. He told me in a passive aggressive tone as he was leaving later

"I've never seen an inspector pull up carpet before, maybe you should leave that photo out of the report, the seller might hold you liable if they find damage to the carpet"

The carpet was this nasty ass soiled and stained 20 year old carpet. He didn't care about the fucking carpet...

Needless to say, I refused to lie on my report, and that was the last inspection referral I got from that guy. Complete and total scumbag.

Are there any decent and honest people that work in real estate?

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've long considered trying to get that job. Where do you start and what tests do you have to pass?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Which job? Real estate garden gnome or home inspector?

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Having somewhere to live is, for most people, a need.
    THAT as a basis for business appeals to a certain type of businessman, doesn't it?

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Are there any decent and honest people that work in real estate?
    I was fairly happy with the realtor who sold me my house. She pointed out four of the three of the four issues herself. And didn't know about the fourth, (which I didn't consider an issue anyway -- appliances die .. NBD.) And even helped me arrive at a better number since I was making a cash offer. "I think if you're coming with cash, you can take about 10% off why you're thinking and the seller would happy."
    Nice lady, very fair to both sides. And later found out that she's well known for it all throughout town.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >out four of the three of the four issues
      *3 of the 4 issues
      It's late and I'm phone posting.
      Perfect sign it's time to try falling asleep again.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Witnessed.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    My agent was pretty good. First house I liked she said I think you won't like this one after the inspection and I said well let's see what he says... when I saw the cracks in the foundation and moisture she was like come on let's go. It was otherwise a great house but it ended up going into HUD possession and sold at auction.

    She convinced me to look at the house I own now, which I first said was too far away from work. But she was right, for my budget at the time and what I was looking for it was one of the best properties I could have found.

    Still sends me a Christmas card every year.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >cracks in foundation
      when does this become a bad thing? i thought concrete is supposed to crack

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Not horizontally

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >the seller might hold you liable if they find damage to the carpet

    cracks in the foundation
    oh no the cum stained carpet was lifted up

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Are all people who work in real estate scum?
    ours worked their asses off to sell our 2 houses. the amount of work they do is kinda insane. they earned every dollar.

    home inspector:
    >this outlet has a screw missing
    you need to hire professional to fix it.
    >there's a loose tile on the roof
    your whole roof needs to be replaced.
    >this faucet drips
    better call a licensed plumber don't try to fix it yourself.
    >unsightly cracks in concrete!
    further evaluation by the licensed contractor is recommended!
    >stucco observed to be touching grade covering!
    recommend repairs as needed by licensed professional!
    >Entry door dead bolt drags the strike plate!
    recommend repairs by licensed PROFESSIONAL!
    >multiple exterior hose bibs do not have anti siphon valves, and leak!
    OMG WHRTS WHARGRBLRT
    this is just a small sample of the bullshit minor crap flagged in our report.

    fuck your anti siphon valves

    fuck your licensed professional/plumber/contractor I fixed all the leaking hose bibs my self.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I suppose when your job is to point out liabilities, it's better to be safe than sorry

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        when our realtor presented a list to us of home inspection companies to choose from they were in the order of least to most "scary reports" that they provide.

        we chose a middle one.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Short answer is no, the agent who found us our forever home is a straight shooter and worked her ass off on that sale, and subsequent ones she's helped us and friends with. She won't hesitate to dissuade you from a bad deal, goes out of her way to note issues and recommend caution rather than pushing to close, etc. Absolute dream to work with.
    I've dealt with others who were sheisty as hell when doing home improvent type work, I think the general market will dictate which type prevails: where sales and value increases are slow it's important to build a long-term reputation for honesty, integrity and dependability, where markets are always hot and investment potential almost guaranteed regardless of condition it's way easier to do volume business and push quick money deals that don't serve the clients' best interests (buyers OR sellers), and get away with it since so many others do it to compete and survive.
    As for home inspectors and disclosures and all that, they serve a valuable purpose but in my experience their recommendations are often pretty uninformed...erring to the side of observing and noting every little blemish is one thing, but unless you're a qualified contractor, STFU about what needs to be done...and if you are a contractor, you have a conflict of interest.
    The nit picky observations and dire warnings and overkill remediation suggestions sound all conscientious and fair until you remember that all home inspection agreement fine print is primarily concerned with preemptively immunizing them from any legal liability or damages from what issues they miss regardless of the reason.
    In that sense, they literally don't *have* to point out anything or make recommendations unless maybe there's an active fire engulfing the structure or its at the bottom of a 30' deep sinkhole. Otherwise, hey, sorry, guess I missed that while I was noting the stained caulk around the garage utility sink.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    On our first house the inspector found basically nothing that I ended up replacing in the first 2 years (one of which being the boiler). My second house the guy found a ton of small things that I was able to attack after moving in, mostly sealing gaps and replacing outlets with grounded ones. So far so good.

    Sales people in general are trash, worst offenders being car sales. The last 2 cars I purchased I walked in gave them the stock number and told them I wanted it ready in the next couple hours and they still gave me the whole going back and forth with the sales manager. Just give me the keys and let me slap my plates on it. I didn't need the "let me show you how the AC works" bullshit.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Our realtors are married couple the husband is a car broker. we told him what we wanted, he did the footwork for us, found the cars, prepped them, and did all the paper work. we just showed up, signed paper work and gave him a down payment. 45 minutes. 20 minutes was chatting because he was an old friend of my wifes.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Use the buddy network and make one if you don't have one (volunteering is a fantastic way to embed among motivated people in a new community). My realtor was my USAF supervisor and we're both motorheads. I told him I wanted as much acreage as I could get with at least one liveable home because I can renovate or add as needed and had the home I wanted in days with no fuss. Him being the inspector I got him to overlook stuff I fixed later so the loan would be approved. Would gleefully do again.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >are people who work in the business of selling shitheaps for 8x their actual value so the few rich enough to even afford a house at all are saddled with debt for decades SCUM????
    I wonder.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >the business of selling shitheaps for 8x their actual value
      You realize that houses are worth what people are willing to pay for them, right? Just like everything else.

      Also, you Doreens are welcome to go live in or build a non-profit cooperative housing project. There's plenty of them out there. But watch out though; they're full of the worst kind of people and you wouldn't want to live there.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Who the fuck are you to judge market value when the market itself does that to perfection?

      Sale price is market value. Nothing else.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Sale price is market value. Nothing else.

        *perceived* market value which may be based on comps that have no real world relationship to the property in question.
        You're not wrong about that anon being a brainlet, but this all just points out where the main problem lies for people who see RE as a ot against them- its one of the few areas in life where you are expected to be dependent on your own common sense and decisions and there's no legitimate way to pawn your own fuckups onto other people.
        Every step in the process is full of warnings in red ink and bold type about due diligence and risk and decisions being final.
        If your entire life is lazy "yeah, whatever" responses to details and calls for thorough reasoning and accepting responsibility for your actions you are a fool to enter that realm.
        Fools do it anyway and then blame everyone but themselves.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    How easy are houses to build? My grandfather built a log house from the ground up in the 90’s I feel like it can’t be that hard. Also I was watching him work on a kitchen last year and it seemed he basically just screwed a couple more beams into the load bearing one and then slapped some thick plywood on and tiled that bitch up. I feel like the general foundation and load bearing have to be the hardest, everything else seems easy.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hey, I'm a fairly new RE Agent in NY and I can say that my experiences thus far have been mostly negative. A lot of the brokerages are very scummy and try to nickel and dime even the agents they want to work with them from what I've heard. Dues are outrageous even in some of the boutique firms and constantly have additional fees/paid "trainings." The cost of getting started as an agent is already busted as it is. And thats not even getting into the lead referral services that (in my experience) can whittle your commission down to nothing asking for nearly 50%. That forces you to try and get big ticket homes just to scrape by, neglecting the smaller and cheaper homes. Interactions with other agents (especially the seller ones) can be infuriating because you can call and leave emails several times throughout the week and still have a slim chance of hearing back. It's almost like they want buyers that have cash in hand and are all set to go so they have to do as little as possible. I genuinely feel bad for some of those seller clients because of how unresponsive their listing agents are. Buyers can be a pain too, mostly the Indians...

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Recently went though a home inspection for a friend. Was amazed what the final report didn't include. OP is right make FSBO more popular

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Asking estate agents to recommend surveyors or lawyers is like asking nonces to babysit

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Are all people who work in real estate scum?
    No. Only 95% of them

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      and the other 5 percent are retarded bimbos.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        95% of agents are only trying to sell sell sell and get their percent for as little effort as possible. The last 5% are actually trying to match up buyers with the house they want.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, they are all out to fuck you for as much money as they can. They do not care if you are poor, they do not care if they made profit beyond the prior years. They will squeeze you for all they can.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You should market to buyers.
    As a buyer who got got I wish I had hired an inspector before buying.
    My real estate agent pulled extension cords through the walls to fake working outlets.
    They are all trash.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Tradesman here. I do tile and remodeling. Most realtors are human garbage. Don’t put up with their bullshit. They have zero actual power. You do.

    So don’t be afraid to argue with them and don’t be afraid to walk away from them and their jobs.

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