Buying Real Estate, So What If I Have An Agent, Why Won't You Show Me That House?
Lately our Real Estate office has received several calls from people asking if we would show a property that interests them, usually we are glad to do this. The first question we ask of the caller is if they are working with an agent and when the response is...no, then it's a matter of getting a little information from the caller and off to the showing. However, when the answer is, "...yes, but my agent is busy now...", then we explain the different reasons why we can't or wouldn't show them the property and how it could be construed that we were soliciting the buyer. Also pointing out the reason they're working with a specific agent is for that agent to show them homes they want to see. I will admit that if it's my own listing...and working in the best interest of my seller client....I might arrange to show the property to a buyer who has an agent (if at all possible I clear it with the other agent first), making sure the potential buyer doesn't discuss anything with me about, how much they like the property, are willing to pay for it or anything that might be considered confidential hurting their position...I remind them that I am working for the seller. This all works out pretty well as my clients house gets shown even though I'm doing another agents work for them, but hey, we are all busy and sometimes we are not available...it just makes sense to help out.
There is another type of call we receive when the caller/consumer often gets a little belligerent...well a lot belligerent. The caller wants a lot of information, often rude and won't agree to coming into the office before a showing and gives up little information about themselves. With these callers/consumers we ask them to sign a Buyers Agency Agreement for the specific homes that we show, clearly stating that it's only for the homes we show them. The caller/consumer then won't agree to it, saying all they want to do is see the house, they're not signing anything and why won't we show them the home? We try best that we can once again, but they get angry and insist that we show them the house. We explain again...that if an agent comes out and opens a house for them that that agent expects the caller/consumer to work with them...at least on the properties the agent has shown them. That sounds like a fair trade to me.
BUYERS...please understand that Realtors are very much professionals working towards connecting, counseling and helping buyers & sellers wanting the same thing...to get to the closing table...but wanting the best deal for their own side. We like this, thrive on it and only want the best for our clients. We are not random chauffeurs, or tour guides waiting to show properties at the drop of a hat (unless working on our clients behalf and we are happy to take on that roll). If you are a client then you've already signed a Buyers Agency Agreement or Listing Agreement and know the advantages of having buyer or seller representation, but if you are a customer or caller/consumer who won't commit to an agent and still wants the agents, loyalty, time, gas and knowledge at a moments notice then please reconsider before calling.
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