• “Soft touch” building inspectors are being recommended to vendors and buyers by some real estate agents, inspectors say.

Up to three quarters of homes sold in the heated Wellington market are now going through with vendors supplying a building report, a Harcourts manager has estimated.

Some agents are encouraging sellers to provide builders reports to prospective buyers, and are even telling them who to use – or who not to use.


Agents Acused

Louie Douvis
The Building Officials Institute of New Zealand claims it hears of up to three cases a month where agents steer vendors away from accredited building inspectors.

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