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" Deal-breaker-listing-agents " Now what??

A few yrs ago, my husband and I found our ' dream home', and the sellers were looking for a buyer that could love it like they did. But..before anything was on paper, an emergency situation forced them to take their house off the mkt. We were very disapointed, but life goes on. Just recently, I saw their house back on the mkt, and with a OMG listing agent!! My opinion is based on my own personal experience with this agent, and I'm not alone,when I say: If she's not under investigation by now, she should be,as she's had numerous complaints filed against her! The sellers are elderly types, so I wouldn't expect them to know much else, other than she's local and works for a very nice broker. I need to know if it's 'OK' for us to bypass this agent, at least until it comes to the paperwork and such? I'm sure our ' Deal-breaker-agent' has thrown the fear of God into the sellers about these kinds of things, cuz she's known for that, as well. Bottom line: we REFUSE to deal with her, until we absolutely have to, and in this case, ONLY because this is our dream house.
  • March 09 2012 - Gillette
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Thank you ALL for your helpful answers!! You were ALL the best!!  Now, if we could just find a way to help the people that get sucked in by  " deal-breaker-agents'  period!!
  • March 09 2012
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I agree find yourself a good buyers agent.  They will work on your behalf and you will not have to deal personally with the agent in question.
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I agree with previous responses.  Find your own good agent to handle her so you don't have to deal with her directly.  A buyer's agent costs you nothing.
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If she is the listing agent then you need to get your own agent to handle your side of the contract. You need to not rely on ANY representations that that listing agent makes and investigate EVERY aspect of the disclosures on your own with your own agent.

While you cannot eliminate the listing agent, you can hold up your side of the transaction, keep EVERYTHING in writing and get inspections done to protect yourself. If anything starts to look fishy after you have an accepted contract your agent will need to go directly to her broker and not be sheepish in doing it.

It is so exciting that you have another chance to make an offer on your dream house. Don't let the listing agent's shady style ruin it. Move forward and get that offer in. Good luck!

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If she has the signed listing agreement with the sellers there is no way to bypass her. You may however contact a sales agent with a different company show the property and write the offer and instruct them to present the offer to the sellers in person with "the deal breakers" very nice broker present. The "deal breaker" agent will still be involved but this could limit her influence on the sellers.
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If the property is listed with an agent, the sellers have a legally binding contract and would have to pay the agent their commission even if you walked up to the owners door and handed them a check.

As Wetdawgs points out, get yourself an agent and let them deal with negotiating with the other agent. That's part of our job.
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The simplest solution is to find a buyer's agent and have your agent deal with the sellers and their agent.  It is not okay to skip the listing agent.

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