Mona's Real Estate Matters and a Myriad of Other Conversations

Are Home Sellers Entitled to a Copy of the Buyer's Home Inspection?

While I was perusing the ActiveRain Q&A section, I noticed that Kelyn Mills posted the question asking if buyer agents give the Home Inspection Report to sellers.  So many responses!  Different agents have different opinions (big surprise there) but what was really interesting in this particular thread was how different the laws are (or the agent's interpretation of the laws) in each state.


I can't speak to what happens in other states but I do have a handle on what happens in North Carolina.  In our state, while a home inspection is highly recommended it is in most cases not required when someone buys a house.  Of course, there may be exceptions such as when a home renovation allowance is included in the loan but for the majority of real estate transactions, a buyer may at their own expense have just about any type of inspection they wish.  Since they've paid for it, usually $350 to $ is considered the possession of the buyer.  The buyer's agent does not own it nor the right to distribute it without the permission of the buyer.


While it is true that many buyers may try to renegotiate repairs or concessions for repairs as a result of seeing their home inspection, just as many do not.  Throughout the Offer to Purchase, a buyer is advised that they are buying a house in "as is" condition UNLESS both parties agree to repairs becoming a new part of the contract.  In that case, the buyer generates a Due Diligence Request and informs the seller which items discovered in the home inspection are to be addressed as a condition of completing the contract.  There is a single line with a check box for yes or no to indicate whether or not the buyer will share the report with the seller.


For me personally, I usually advise my buyer clients that if they are making a request for a repair that we provide only the specific paragraphs from the portion of the inspection dealing with the issue of concern.  That has always worked for my buyers.  If sadly, the deal doesn't go through then the seller has the opportunity to reimburse the buyer for the report and read the entire report themselves.


It is that simple.  In NC at least.  I noticed the agents from Arizona and California state that the reports MUST be provided to the seller but they don't say whether or not the buyer MUST have a home inspection done!  I don't know since I'm not an attorney or a governing body but both premises seem heavy handed to me.


When buying a house anywhere, the buyers can be looking at spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars conducting their Due Diligence (inspections) which they ARE entitled to do.  Thankfully, in NC anyway, the sellers are NOT ENTITLED to receive a copy of home inspections that the buyer has paid for.  There are so many working parts to any transaction that buyers are well advised to find a good Buyer's Agent to help them navigate through the intricacies of a real estate transaction.  Want my number? lol.


 Working With Real Estate Agents Disclosure | www.MoonDancerRealty.comQ and A Home Inspections



Subscribe via email



MoonDancer Realty |     

MoonDancer Realty Team Photo Collage copyright 2012 Mona Gersky



Unless noted otherwise, all photographs & content are my own and will only be shared with the courtesy of a written request for permission. 




Tree Dude Border 1 copyright 2012 Mona Gersky

Tree Dude Border 2 copyright 2012 Mona Gersky


Comment balloon 3 commentsMona Gersky • June 21 2017 11:39AM
Are Home Sellers Entitled to a Copy of the Buyer's Home Inspection?
While I was perusing the ActiveRain Q&A section, I noticed that Kelyn Mills posted the question asking if buyer agents give the Home Inspection Report to sellers. So many responses! Different agents have different opinions (big surprise there)… more
I've Been Down the Rabbit Hole First Thing This Morning
When I first got my real estate license it came as a complete surprise that the profession of real estate is actually stepping from one rabbit hole into another and another and another. I've gotten used to the rabbit holes and have even learned to… more
No Matter How Busy… There's Always Bird Song… Real Estate in NC
So… again with the week or so absence from blogging? What's my excuse this time? Easy… working for the mantra "Fortune Smiles On Those Who Work Their Bottoms Off". The last couple of months have been fraught with bottom working for… more
A Heartbeat to the Smokies… 112 Iris Lane, Whittier, NC
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of listing and selling a retreat center in a small community in Whittier, North Carolina. Since then, the new owners have sold a portion and thoughtfully improved the remaining two buildings… a five bedroom… more
Kathryn Stripling Byer-Yes, The NC Poet Laureate but So Much More…
A vision in purple with flowing scarves and skirts, Ms Kathryn Stripling Byer, "Kay", passed away yesterday leaving family and friends with a rich plethora of stunning poems. She was the first female NC Poet Laureate and held the position… more
About Those Trees and the Clean Up
What a great community! I've gotten many messages of concern from so many of you over the clean up of the fallen trees and getting our property back in order… thank you so much! After I posted the photos to fb, one of my former buyers… now… more
The Connectivity of Real Estate, the Personal Side
There's no doubt that the real estate profession is a pretty serious way to make a living and not all agents will infuse their serious side with their personal side. Guess what? That's okay. The rest of us thinks that would make for a pretty dull… more
I Gave Up Quality Blog Time for Potato Time
There have been a few posts about balancing professional and personal life in our business… I guess any business. Yes, it can be done. This morning though, blogging is teetering between professional and personal. So, in the interest of kick… more
So Many Moving Parts to Every Real Estate Transaction
Most really good real estate agents never have to caution their clients to strap in for a bumpy ride once a real estate contract gets signed. The reason being is that the really good real estate agents are hard at work making all the moving parts… more
Meet Where? Sorry, I Don't Know You! Real Estate Agent Safety
To be crystal clear because I know my family and some friends will read this, I personally have never been in danger from a client above and beyond the occasional chance to have been bored to death by an incessant chatterer or the non-communicative… more