I am just curious how other agents feel about using the exclusive Buyer Brokerage Agreement. Sure, I've lost clients because of other unethical Realtors. Haven't we all? I still don't want a Buyer tied to me because of a piece of paper. Other agents are all telling me "First you get the paper signed, then you work with them." I just feel that if I provide the service my Buyers are entitled to, they will be happy with me, and won't go anywhere else. Just today I got a phone call off my sign. The gentleman was driving around town and saw my listing. One of my first questions was the required: "Are you currently working with an agent?". He replied: "Honestly, I had worked with an agent in the past, but I just don't feel that our personalities meshed." I completely feel that your agent is the one person you NEED to feel comfortable with. A person should have the right to move on if the business relationship is not working for them. On the other hand, clients who move from agent to agent to agent are a complete new issue. I just wrote a contract with a very nice couple. The husband was here alone at first and house-hunting. He called me off Realtor.com. He came to my office the following weekend and we sat down. He was very upfront about what had happened to him. He had met with another agent in another town (he wasn't sure where he wanted to buy and wanted the agent to be familiar with the area) and that agent was very ademant about him signing this agreement. He refused and moved on. I told him I would not make him sign this agreement because I wanted him to stay with me because my services were good enough for him to stay. That was 2 months ago. In the meantime, we have found them a house. We close on Nov 9th. They even went to FSBOs on their own and said their agent (me!) needed to be part of the deal. They later told me, that they had realized just how valuable my knowledge was to them.
Now my question.......How many of us really get these agreements signed and why? Am I living in my own dream-world thinking I will never need this piece of paper?