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Not All Home Inspection Laws Are Created Equal


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  • 4 weeks later...

That is strange that Lousisna has the highest ranking. Many of that state's very weak laws invite corruption, misrepresentation and obvious fraud. I have seen evidence of it first hand in the often backwards LA. May the buyer beware of poor inspectors and their associations with real estate agents etc.

ASHI (and others) has a vested interest in trying to control the inspection industry so you have to wonder how valid their views are since their main function may be in collecting necessary membership dollars. I don't think that since they have an obvious vested interest that they can be actually fair and balanced in evaluating any other organization. It is all about money flowing into certain people's pockets.

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" That is strange that Lousisna has the highest ranking. Many of that state's very weak laws invite corruption, misrepresentation and obvious fraud. "id="blue">

Al,

What portion of the Louisiana law do you feel falls into this category?

"ASHI (and others) has a vested interest in trying to control the inspection industry so you have to wonder how valid their views are"id="blue">

This is a quote from the 2006 ASHI Position Statement:

"Given that 27 states (current number) have enacted laws regulating home inspections in the past 9 years, ASHI leadership recognizes that the remaining states will likely consider the adoption of similar regulatory legislation. This document outlines ASHI’s official position on the regulation of the home inspection profession. ASHI maintains that where regulation is determined to be advisable for the protection of public health, safety or welfare, any laws regulating home inspection should include standards of practice and a code of ethics, and should require proven experience, continuing education and demonstrated knowledge through passage of a psychometrically valid examination. (According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, psychometrics is the systematic use of tests to quantify psychophysical behavior, abilities and problems and to make predictions about psychological performance.) Legislative proposals that do not include these criteria will not adequately protect the consumer and will be opposed by ASHI. When a need for regulation is recognized, ASHI is dedicated to working with legislators to enact regulation that will clearly protect the interests of consumers and qualified home inspectors. ASHI has successfully worked with state legislators and regulators to draft, pass and implement legislation and will continue to make its resources available to those states considering the regulation of home inspection as one means of protecting the homebuying public."

Previous versions took an opposing stance to legislation.

Perhaps you might like to take the time to read up on the subject. Mike posted a link to ASHI above. The Position Statement and links to specific state legislation are open to the public.

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What ever ASHI proposes or disagrees with is possibally ethically tainted by their obnoxious branding program.

Having personally seen an ASHI representative with a hyped up sales pitch at association of State real estate commission persons and lic inpectors, it was clear that ASHI wants the last and only word on the subject. No thanks. ASHI is an option not the final authority. That is the way it needs to stay.

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What a crock. Kentucky moved up in the ranking by "adding" stuff. Bull. It was all there when the law was passed 2 1/2 years ago.

Actually issuing licenses started as of 7-1-06. As of 1-4-07 we're up to 302 licensed inspectors. Two that I pesonally know of are already back out of business. Wouldn't surprise me that more were out. Ain't easy being a hick redneck HI.[:-slaphap

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Hi All,

Erby and others. Please, when you post something that refers to something written in a previous post in the same thread, use the "reply with quote" icon over the post in question when formulating responses like this. Then, when you are formulating your answer in the composition box, eliminate those portions of the quoted text that you don't need. In this case, Erby could have said:

The post that started this thread says:

Kentucky improved its rank from 24 to 18 by adding experience, education and exam requirements to its state law.
What a crock. Kentucky moved up in the ranking by "adding" stuff. Bull. It was all there when....id="blue">

Erby, I'm not specifically picking on you, because this is happening throughout the forums. You guys and gals have to remember that some of these threads were initiated, days, weeks or months - sometimes even years - ago, and most of us will have forgotten where the discussion has gone. Using the "reply with quotes" feature will greatly help the rest of us know what you are referring to so we won't have to re-read the entire thread.

Sorry about the PSA. You may now return to your regularly scheduled discussion.

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike

In Erby's case, it was relatively easy to find it - it was in the first post in this thread - but if it had not been in the first post I might have had to re-read everything to find it.

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The Great and General Court of Mass. requires a home inspector to have a license to inspect homes since 5/1/01. The ASHI-NE group has provided much time and money to insure the law be enacted to protect the consumer. IMHO the law also protects the Inspector.

Some very smart and dedicated people wrote,then guided the bill thru the various branches of goverment.

We are currently promoting a statewide HIPAC to continue the HI vigilance. There is approx. 600 HIs registered and approx. 100 ASHI-NE HIs.This PAC will have no affiliation with any national organizations. Looking back, we should have had all the statewide inspectors involved.Time did not allow this! Little bit like pushing a rope!!

Advice to the other states(HIs) that are considering licensing. Get involved-do not let the other stakeholders(RE Agents- Legal -Insurance- Mortgage-Appraisers) write your operating procedures.

Be aware that there are some national organizations that would attempt to impose their SOPs/Rules to your law writers.This could mean a soft& lopsided legislated HI bill There are enough state laws written to use as a model. [:-banghea[:-banghea

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