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Can a real estate agent advertise another agents listing in order to get a buyer?

I came upon a advertisement on Craigslist for a house for sale but when I called the real estate agent I found out that this house is being listed by another agent from a different company as the agent I contacted. Is this unethical?
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July 16 2013 - San Jose
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Yes, absolutely however permission from other listing agent must be obtained and a review of advertising text shows "good form".  I have done this when I had a page in a magazine and I had so many listings in pending I needed to fill space and I did not want to make the page about me but rather houses
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February 09
This can be done and is often done by agents looking for buyers. The proper way to go about it is to call the listing agent and get their permission, though this isn't always done.

I recently went on Craigslist and found several listings with pictures and information from the MLS and emailed a link to the listing agents. Most were grateful for the information and not pleased about the Craigslist ads.

Note: these Craigslist ads were not always accurate in the information they gave. I would find the MLS that is local for your area. If you go on the MLS website, there is often a public access that you can use to search the active MLS listings directly.
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February 09
Hire a realtor if you are a serious buyer.  Don't get scammed.

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February 09
There are fair amount of agents that look for buyers by using other listings with or often without their permission.  These agents often receive complaints.  Furthermore, there are agents advertise in the local newspaper other agents listing to lure buyers etc. It was especially true during the Great Recession. Some agents figure that these are free advertisement to precipitate cross sales and look other way. 

Many listing agents simple contact them to f*#$ O##.

It is time to charge realtors on Craigslist a fee. Right now it is full of spam. 
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February 08
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@Jay:   Do you have the listing agent's permission?
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February 08
Can I post other agents listings on Craigslist with a link to my IDX website?
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February 08
It is absolutely fine as long as the listing agent allows third party advertising. If the listing agent has not authorized third party advertisement, the craigslist author may be liable. Find yourself a good buyer's agent and stop worrying about unimportant stuff.  
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August 27 2013
In Colorado, it's very common. I'd let anyone advertise my listings, anytime.
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August 27 2013
Hi,

As mentioned below IDX is one scenario when this happens, another is when an agent posts listings from other agents in their own office with permission.

All the best,

Arpad

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August 27 2013
It is common practice due to IDX which posts all listings in a given area. Normally the "listing agent' will also be included in the ad. It is even common with large franchises on their own websites.
You need to work with your own Buyer Agent, so there's no reason not to talk to the Realtor who answers your call. It's in your best interest.
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August 08 2013
That happens often with or without an expressive written permission. There are a few realtors who posts every listing on the mls. In spite of protests by the listing agents it is hard to get these folks off Craiglist. 
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August 05 2013
This is fine providing the agent in question has the listing agent's permission. You will also find agents promoting listings to buyers via their IDX (Internet Data Exchange System) that is accepted practice as well.

In many ways this is advantageous to you, the buyer, because you are generally better off being represented by an agent with YOUR best interests at heart, not the sellers.
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July 16 2013
Yes. You can even go onto Trulia and claim a listing even if it is not yours but it will send that agent an email to authorize it. I know several short sale agents that don't double end their deals and allow others to claim theirs. This is especially nice when you are co-listing since a recent one I co-listed didn't add a second agent, claiming it allowed me to get the traffic I needed.
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July 16 2013
Yes it is legal but I would rather market my own!
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July 16 2013
It is legal if the agent has permission from the listing agent to market the property.
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July 16 2013
Yes, it is.  Which house are you referring to?
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