We all have our own ways...

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

I was told, recently, by an agent that he was a buyer's agent.  Strictly a buyer's agent.  And he told me in a way to make it crystal clear that he felt that was "better" more honourable, more honest.

I represent both buyers and sellers.  I'm not talking about dual-agency... that's a different conversation.  I represent buyers and sellers equally, 50/50... sometimes 60/40, or 40/60, but all of my career I've represented both sides.

Now I don't think that makes me better.  But clearly he does.

Personally, I think working on both sides gives me insight into the mindset of the buyers and the sellers and keeps me current on what both of them are doing.

Working solely as a buyer's agent makes things simpler, cleaner and helps get deep into the psyche of today's buyers.

I would never suggest to a buyer's agent that my way was the better way for everyone.  My way is the better way for me.

We all have our own ways, and they work for each of us, but not for all of us.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Well Grouch0- I happen to agree.  You have to do what works best for you, and hopefully that person does what works best for them. 

Aug 08, 2020 06:22 PM #1
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

I also prefer the insight that comes with working with both sides of buying and selling a home.  It also reminds me to be considerate of the other side's viewpoint, something that I think is sometimes missed.  A buyer of mine withdrew her offer today after waiting almost 48 hours for a formal response by a seller.  It was a full price, clean offer, but per the listing agent seller wanted to see what two other offers that were SUPPOSEDLY coming would look like.  Well one bird in the hand flew away because the seller's rudeness overcame the buyer's love of the condo. 

Aug 08, 2020 08:51 PM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. Like your line of thinking. a little of both. I have worked as a dual agent in limited circumstances but prefer one side of the aisle or the other. Enjoy your day!

Aug 09, 2020 05:59 AM #3
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

I too work 50/50 buyers and sellers. There are things I prefer about both, but I prefer to have a client.

Aug 10, 2020 05:44 AM #4
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

I agree with you  , what works for you (as long as legal) allows you to be comfortable with your clients and self.  Providing the best overall service, regardless of your working relationship with a client, is key to a win win for all.

Aug 11, 2020 06:51 AM #5
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

I do both Buyers and Sellers. Don't really prefer one over the other. And when handling BOTH sides, I tell them up front my limits, and that if it gets too complicated, the Buyer will have to get another Agent as I had the Listing first. No problems or opt-outs in 12 years.

Aug 11, 2020 08:35 PM #6
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

That's a bit odd, the person seemed judgemental?  Just b/c you work w ith buyers and sellers doesn't mean you are always a dual agent or transactional broker.  WOrking only with buyers or only with sellers ...sounds boring.

Aug 13, 2020 08:48 AM #8
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