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Dear buyer:Laws of procurement vary from state to state (meaning, which agent procured the sale); pulling in your agent-friend after you already viewed the property with the listing agent can cause conflict and possible legal repercussions. Here are a couple of things to consider. Did you respond to marketing that had the listing agent's name on it? Did you make an appointment and view the property with the listing agent? If you did, then it was that agent's efforts, money for marketing and time that brought you to the conclusion that you want to make an offer. If you bring your friend in to this after the fact and she writes and submits the contract without speaking to the listing agent, you may have some legal ramifications. To avoid that whole mess if you don't get this house, start again by working with your own agent and have them show you properties. Having your own agent will also assure that your interests are properly represented and you can have someone negotiate for you at arm's length. It doesn't mean that the listing agent won't help you if you move forward on this house- he or she is obligated to treat you fairly and honestly, but it's not the same relationship as someone who knows your wants and needs and works on your behalf.Working hard and occasionally getting the unrepresented buyer or having their own buyer does not make an agent greedy if they get both sides (6%). Yes, there are a few agents who do play games unfairly, but most of us are cooperative and thankful if we get to represent a seller and a buyer and earned it through hard marketing and work. Referrals and future sales are important to us, so if we are smart, we would bend over backward to treat you kindly and fairly. Unless you are working directly with a broker, most agents do not make 6%. They split a portion of their commission with their broker and then because most agents are subcontractors, not salaried employees, most pay for their own marketing fees, MLS fees, Realtor fees, gas and time. They make much less after you subtract all of these expenses and splits. If an agent does receive both sides of the commission, remember that a buyer came to them due to their activity and they will also have to assist the buyer in the transaction to bring it to a close. It's not like they are working for free. Having a buyer's agent cuts down the amount of work and that agent brought their own buyer, that is why they usually get half of the commission.If there was a personality conflict or some other issue that makes you not want to work with that listing agent, then you should have your agent-friend contact the listing agent on your behalf to discuss representing you. Chances are that the listing agent may say yes (maybe they could work out another arrangement such as a referral fee). The listing agent might also refuse. The point here is that as Realtors, we have to uphold good conduct, treat each other fairly and retain good relationships in our field, just as we have to do that with our prospects and clients. Agents see each other often. As Realtors, we want to provide professional service & advice but know that not every buyer and seller knows the rules, so it's important to ask questions. I'm glad you did. That's what we are here for. Happy hunting! Keep smiling and keep the faith...Leslie
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