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Yes, digest all that. I'll give you a moment.
Alright, now let's dive into this thing head first. I'll start with the reference to legislative attempts to license and the reference stating "CAR has always been opposed to tying the standards to their own governing body and attempts to limit liability." This line is the culmination of what the Inspection Industry, our Industry, has done to itself. When you look at other licensing standards and rules pertaining to liability limits and standards that are tied to (very minimal service) level SOP's developed by Associations within home inspection in a weird attempt to reduce liability (weird because both the limitation of liability and the limits on service make the product/service valueless), CAR has nailed this one. They are just absolutely in the right for preventing, through legislative means, any attempt to give State sanctioned credibility to low standards and even lower liability limits that disadvantage home buyers in the State of California (and elsewhere) so severely.
On this front, good for you CAR. For Standing up to such nonsense, you're my hero CAR. As a result, California didn't put in place senseless Inspector Licensing that has protected consumers so minimally that some of them have been rolled back. Good for you.
Moving on, CAR suggests that they will move towards a system that supports background checks, minimum liability insurance, education, and identified vendors that are using best practices in times of COVID-19. Some of this I think we can all agree with. It's my contention that all inspectors should have Professional Liability Insurance with $1 Million/$3 Million coverage. I think inspectors should pass background checks, since they're in homes alone with home buyers. The COVID thing is a little weird here, but let's go back to education...what's the standard? The three largest education providers in the industry (myself included) haven't been consulted or mentioned here. I'll reach out but the only mention of a school is one of the newest (and smallest). That's a little weird and makes it seem like a favor more than a legitimate calling for high level education that has been long established by the three largest associations and the two largest designations for inspectors in the state for decades now very successfully.
As for the references for "standards" and the now appraiser-like lists that agents might end up with, let's hope it doesn't send them down a very confused path.
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