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"Are you mainly a listing agent?"

"Are you mainly a listing agent" was the question posed to me by a seller yesterday. "You know, one of those who lists houses, then has other other agents bring you their buyers."
Although I satisfied his answer with a "no", it really is more complicated than that.
1. There are a lot of agents who ONLY do listings but then, normally, have a team or others in their brokerage that handle the selling side.
2. There are brokerages who specialize in listings only, but they are often "discount" ones.
3. And then there are the 3rd kind, like myself who will do both. Yes, that often includes "dual agency" but I am a licensed real estate broker in both California and Hawaii where it is legal.
Before you jump on the "dual agency" part, it is alive and well in brokerages in both my states, although sometimes brokerages make the listing agent have the selling agent be someone else in their brokerage (see #1, above) but it's still "dual agency".
To me, that's splitting hairs. I have found that the times that I have worked on dual agency transactions, they have worked out very smoothly. In fact, many buyers seek me out because I will do ... more

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