Listing agent & Sellers aka (Buyers) agent, there is a difference!

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty

This post is for clarification, I would hope all Buyers are educating themselves but I wonder..

Perhaps it is like beating your head against the wall over and over thinking it won't hurt each time, or the same song playing over and over in your head but not fully comprehending the words. 


A Listing agent is the real estate representative that has the best interest of the Seller in mind. They are negotiating for top dollar for the Seller. If you think calling the Listing agent to show you their listing is going to save you money think again.They are not going to have your best interest in mind. The commission has already been negotiated between the Listing agent and Seller. It is in a contract, to list the house. So thinking that the Seller will take that off the price is wishful thinking. The commission is split between the Listing broker and the Selling broker. In the state of Washington the Seller pays the commission so it would be in your best interest to have a separate agent to represent you as a Buyer. 



A Selling agent or what I like to say, a Buyers agent will represent you and your best interests. They will negotiate the best price and terms and will walk you through all the details of the transaction. Making sure you understand each point of the transaction. There are many steps to closing on your new home, having someone who is looking out for You is most important!


So tell me why wouldn't you have a Buyer's agent represent YOU


While I want to make the process as smooth and fun as possible, I want you to know that I will not lose site of the fact that I am assisting you in the purchase of Real Estate, which involves a knowledge of customary practice, what creates a binding contract, and the laws that govern each step of the process.

Protecting your interests means more than promising not to divulge confidential and material information, it means knowing when contingencies throughout the process are to be met according to the contract, educating you so that you can make an informed and timely decision in each step of the process, and making sure the other parties- your Lender, Escrow, and the Listing Agent- act in accordance with the customary practice and the law, and are true to the express intent of the contract agreed upon.

What I will do for you:
  • Digital Virtual Tours

  • Detailed Property Searches/ Info

  • Great Lender/Inspector/Appraisal/ Title company contacts.

  • Agent to Agent negotiations

  • Contract writing and assistance

  • 24 hour support up to and through the Close of Escrow

Looking forward to helping you,

Katharine-Agent Carey


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Renee L. Norton
Birmingham, AL

Excellent, concise information for buyers. Thanks for your post.

Jan 02, 2010 09:19 AM #1
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

As Renee #1 said, good and concise.  We SELL the home when working for the buyers! 

Jan 02, 2010 09:21 AM #2
Jim Dunlap
Roberts Realty - Yucca Valley, CA

In my experience, I've had some buyers prefer to work through the listing agent, as they seem to think that by doing this the agent will be in a position to get them a better deal.

Jan 02, 2010 09:40 AM #3
Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

I don't think consumers understand the difference or think they're going to save themselves something by going through the listing agent.  Nice icon BTW.

Jan 02, 2010 10:29 AM #4
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