Here in New York State, real estate agents are required by law to explain to clients and customers who they're working for. If you see a house that's listed for sale and you call the office that listed the house, that agent is working for seller, not for you. Many people decide to work with the listing agent, which is fine, but the agent is required to tell you who he/she is working for.
My cousin is lookig for her first home. She wants my mom and me to represent her as her buyers' agent. But a couple of weeks ago, before she really started looking, she saw a house listed on-line and called the listing office. The listing agent set up appointments for my cousin and her boyfriend to look at 8 houses with him- they were all his listings or his office's listings. After she went out with him, she e-mailed me and asked if I would mind helping her find a house. I asked if she signed anything with the agent she went out with. She said no, he didn't even ask her to sign an agency disclosure. This form is required by New York State, everytime we show a house to someone, we must explain to the buyer who we're working for. He never asked her to sign one of these forms. The listing agent never brought up agency or the fact that he was representing the seller for all the listing agent on all the houses he showed her. I told her I could work with her.
After he showed her the 8 houses, the listing agent started to harrass her. When she told him she wanted to work with a buyer's agent, he told her that was fine, but if she bought any of his listings, she had to buy through him. This is not true. Then my mom called the agent to talk to him about my cousin's situation. She explained that my cousin is a first time homebuyer, she doesn't really understand how real estate works, she's sorry she took up a few hours of his time, but she really feels more comfortable working with a buyer's agent, especially since we're family members. The agent said, "You and I both know that they whole agency thing is bull****, everyone works for the seller." Again.. not true. Luckily, my cousin has found a house listed by another agent, and we won't have to deal with this guy anymore!
If you're in the market for a house and you're working with an agent, don't be afraid to ask who the agent is working for. If they say they're working for the seller, you have a right to a buyer's agent if you want one. Don't let agents bully you into thinking you must buy through them.
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