Working with Pinehurst Southern Pines Realtors

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Real Estate Agent with Real Living Hagan Realtors | Pinehurst ~ Southern Pines, NC

While all members of the Pinehurst Southern Pines Association of Realtors are able to provide Pinehurst Southern Pines MLS data to consumers seeking information on Pinehurst homes, Pinehurst realty, Pinehurst real estate, Pinehurst foreclosures, Southern Pines real estate, Southern Pines homes for sale, Southern Pines real estate MLS, real estate Southern Pines foreclosures, Southern Pines realty and Southern Pines rentals not all Realtors offer the same level of service and expertise.

In fact only a handful of Pinehurst Realtors can offer their clients Premier Service® and fewer are Quality Service Certified®.

Nevertheless real estate agents provide value to their clients through offering experience, resources and services that the average consumer may not even be aware of. 

This information is intended to addresses the various types of working agency relationships and how they may benefit you. 

It should help you decide which relationship you want to have with a Pinehurst - Southern Pines NC real estate agent. It will also give you useful information about the various services Pinehurst - Southern Pines NC real estate agents can provide buyers and sellers, and it will help explain how Pinehurst - Southern Pines NC real estate agents are compensated for their services.  

In all Moore County real estate transactions there's a buyer and seller... and in most cases the parties are represented by a licensed NC real estate agent

In some real estate transactions, the agents work for the seller. In others, the seller and buyer may each have agents. And sometimes the same agents work for both the buyer and the seller. So whether an agent is working for you, as your agent, or simply working with you, while acting as an agent of the other party, your ultimate success hinges on you having a clear understanding of whom the agents represent. 

SELLERS 

Pinehurst - Southern Pines NC Listing Agent

If you are selling real estate, you may want to "list" your property for sale with a Pinehurst Southern Pines real estate firm. To do so, you will need to sign a "listing agreement" authorizing the firm and its agents to represent you in your dealings with buyers as your seller's agent. You may also be asked to allow agents from other firms to help find a buyer for your property. Be sure to read and understand the listing agreement before you sign it. 

Pinehurst - Southern Pines NC Listing Agent Duties to the seller include...

  • Promote your best interests
  • Be loyal to you
  • Follow your lawful instructions
  • Provide you with all material facts that could influence your decisions
  • Use reasonable skill, care and diligence, and
  • Account for all monies they handle for you.

Once you have signed the listing agreement, the firm and its agents may not give any confidential information about you to prospective buyers or their agents, without your permission, so long as they represent you. But until you sign the listing agreement, you should avoid telling the listing agent anything you would not want a buyer to know.

Pinehurst - Southern Pines NC Real Estate Broker Services and Compensation

To help you sell your property, the listing firm and its agents will offer to perform a number of services for you including...

  • Helping you price your property.
  • Advertising and marketing your property.
  • Providing required property disclosure forms for you to complete.
  • Negotiating for you the best possible price and terms.
  • Reviewing the merits of all offers with you.
  • Promote and protect your interests.

For representing you and helping you sell your property, you will pay the listing firm a sales commission or fee. The listing agreement must state the amount or method for determining the commission or fee and whether you will allow the firm to share its commission with agents representing the buyer.

Pinehurst - Southern Pines NC Dual Agent 

You may even permit the listing firm and its agents to represent you and a buyer at the same time. This "dual agency relationship" is most likely to happen if an agent with your listing firm is working as a buyer's agent with someone who wants to purchase your property. 

If this occurs and you have not already agreed to a dual agency relationship in your listing agreement, your listing agent will ask you to sign a separate agreement or document permitting the agent to act as agent for both you and the buyer. 

It may be difficult for a dual agent to advance the interests of both the buyer and seller. Nevertheless, a dual agent must treat buyers and sellers fairly and equally. Although the dual agent owes them the same duties, buyers and sellers can prohibit dual agents from divulging certain confidential information about them to the other party.

Some firms also offer a form of dual agency called "designated agency" where one agent in the firm represents the seller and another agent represents the buyer. This option (when available) may allow each "designated agent" to more fully represent each party.

If you choose the "dual agency" option, remember that since a dual agent's loyalty is divided between parties with competing interests, it is especially important that you have a clear understanding of...

  1. What your relationship is with the dual agent?
  2. What the agent will be doing for you in the transaction?

BUYERS

When buying real estate, you may have several choices as to how you want a real estate firm and its agents to work with you. For example, you may want them to represent only you (as a buyer's agent). You may be willing for them to represent both you and the seller at the same time (as a dual agent ). Or you may agree to let them represent only the seller (seller's agent or subagent ). Some agents will offer you a choice of these services while others may not. 

Pinehurst - Southern Pines NC Buyer's Agent duties to the buyer include...

  • Protect and promote your best interests.
  • Be loyal to you.
  • Follow your lawful instructions.
  • Provide you with all material facts that may influence your decisions. 
  • Use reasonable skill, care and diligence
  • Account for all monies they handle for you.

Once you have agreed (either orally or in writing) for the firm and its agent to be your buyer's agent, they may not give any confidential information about you to sellers or their agents without your permission so long as they represent you.

But until you make this agreement with your buyer's agent, you should avoid telling the agent anything you would not want a seller to know. 

Pinehurst Southern Pines NC Accredited Buyer Representative"For real estate consumers, the one credential to look for is the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designation from the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council of the National Association of REALTOR'S®"  -Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine-

Unwritten Agreements

Be aware that unwritten agreements are not enforceable and its important that you and the real estate firm have a clear understanding of what your relationship will be and what the firm will do for you.

Although some firms may be willing to represent and assist you for a time as a buyer's agent without a written agreement, professional experience has taught us the best way to avoid a misunderstanding is through a written agency agreement.  

If you decide to make an offer to purchase a particular property, the agent must obtain a written agency agreement. If you do not sign it, the agent can no longer represent and assist you and is no longer required to keep information about you confidential. Furthermore, if you later purchase the property through an agent with another firm, the agent who first showed you the property may seek compensation from the other firm.

Be sure to read and understand any agency agreement before you sign it.

Pinehurst - Southern Pines NC Real Estate Broker Services and Compensation

Whether you have a written or unwritten agreement, a buyer's agent will perform a number of services for you including the following...

  • Locate a suitable property.
  • Arrange financing, when applicable.
  • Assist with the due dillegence process.
  • Discover more about a property of interest.
  • Promote your best interests. 

When you have a written agency agreement, the agent can also help you prepare and submit a written offer to the seller. 

A buyer's agent can be compensated in different ways. For example, you can pay the agent out of your own pocket. Or the agent may seek compensation from the seller or listing agent first, but require you to pay if the listing agent refuses. Whatever the case, be sure your compensation arrangement with your buyer's agent is spelled out in a buyer agency agreement before you make an offer to purchase property and that you carefully read and understand the compensation provision. 

Pinehurst - Southern Pines NC Dual Agent

You may permit an agent or firm to represent you and the seller at the same time. This "dual agency relationship" is most likely to happen if you become interested in a property listed with your buyer's agent or the agent's firm. If this occurs and you have not already agreed to a dual agency relationship in your (written or oral) buyer agency agreement, your buyer's agent will ask you to sign a separate agreement or document permitting him or her to act as agent for both you and the seller. It may be difficult for a dual agent to advance the interests of both the buyer and seller. Nevertheless, a dual agent must treat buyers and sellers fairly and equally. Although the dual agent owes them the same duties, buyers and sellers can prohibit dual agents from divulging certain confidential information about them to the other party. 

Some firms also offer a form of dual agency called "designated agency" where one agent in the firm represents the seller and another agent represents the buyer. This option (when available) may allow each "designated agent" to more fully represent each party.

If you choose the "dual agency" option, remember that since a dual agent's loyalty is divided between parties with competing interests, it is especially important that you have a clear understanding of...

  1. What your relationship is with the dual agent
  2. What the agent will be doing for you in the transaction.

This can best be accomplished by putting the agreement in writing at the earliest possible time.

Pinehurst - Southern Pines NC  Seller's Agent Working With a Buyer

If the real estate agent or firm that you contact does not offer buyer agency or you do not want them to act as your buyer agent, you can still work with the firm and its agents. However, they will be acting as the seller's agent (or "subagent"). The agent can still help you find and purchase property and provide many of the same services as a buyer's agent.

The agent must be fair with you and provide you with any "material facts" (such as a leaky roof) about properties.

But remember, the agent represents the seller... not you... and therefore must try to obtain for the seller the best possible price and terms for the seller's property.

Furthermore, a seller's agent is required to give the seller any information about you (even personal, financial or confidential information) that would help the seller in the sale of his or her property.

Agents must tell you in writing if they are sellers' agents before you say anything that can help the seller. But until you are sure that an agent is not a seller's agent, you should avoid saying anything you do not want a seller to know.

Sellers' agents are compensated by the sellers.

For information about the Pinehurst - Southern Pines - Aberdeen, North Carolina area contact us for a free relocation report and search the Pinehurst Southern Pines MLS for all available properties matching your criteria.

Thank you for your interest and the privilege of serving you!

With our highest regard,                                                           

Wayne and Lynda Gomillion
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