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Can buyer's agent contact the builder's sales team before the buyer visit

Hi, We are trying to buy a new house and reached out to an agent who has very good reviews on every site we go. we met with her first getting our requirements, showed couple of potentials matches and in the next meet we planned to visit one of the new builders at a community which we are interested in. On our visit to the builder's place, we found that our agent who never had any earlier relationship with the builder at this community chatting with the sales manager and we went through the place checking out the different models. Over the conversations, It looked as if the agent wanted to close the model which we are interested as she was showing us more pros and upgrades that are coming with this model and the sales manager was backing her.

We are now confused whether it is normal or the agent might have striked a deal with the builder before we reached there. Can someone advise?
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It sounds like your agent was doing her homework, which is a good thing in my opinion (not a real estate professional, but a consumer like you.)    Even without doing homework, it is normal for agents to point out positives of properties.    If you prefer your agent to not talk as you tour properties, you certainly can make that request.  

If the agent happened to arrive a few minutes before you, would you have preferred for her to stand outside with her arms crossed and a grumpy look on her face?   Agents tend to be gregarious and reach out to the others around.   I would commend her for doing some homework/research, and keep asking questions.   The decision is yours (buy/not buy/what to buy).  
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I highly doubt it. The buyer agent you have engaged should be completely on your side and making your needs and pricing requirements number one priority.  To give them benefit of the doubt I think the agent is just trying to be friendly with the builder rep so they can learns as much helpful information from them as possible in order to help you get you your favorite home for the best price.  Hope this helps!
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In Vegas we can pre register our buyers online before we send them to the sales center where a home is located that may have all the features the home buyer is looking for...when they get to the new sales track a on site sales associate will show them other properties at other tracks of the same builders that might work for them if they would like to see them to make a sale
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I think you may be reading mor ein to this than there really is. Nothing wrong with the agent talking to the sales agent while waiting for you. Probably a good thing for her to do as she would learn more about the homes that way. I don't see anything that suggests she made a deal with the builder. Why would you think that? The vast majority of agents are extremely ethical.
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Its highly unethical but it does happen.
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