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Do Realtors from the same agency compete with each other?

I've been contacted by several realtors looking to help me sell my property, but 3 or 4 have been from the same agency. Are they competing with each other, or are they just unaware that I've already been contacted by a colleague?

Do I contact each of them individually and allow them to compete for the business?  
  • January 22 2014 - South Dorchester
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Some offices allow agents to compete and some do not. However, because this is your property and a big decision for you, you need to decide who you'd like to use. Ask questions and figure out who would help you best and you feel most comfortable with. Go with your gut and find the agent that best suits your needs!

Good luck with your sale!
  • June 04 2014
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Not a good thing.  Each agent apparently works as an independent contractor. You should narrow down to 1 or 2 agents .....

Sam Shueh
  • June 04 2014
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Yes, be sure to contact them individually and have them compete for your business.  it's your money that is on the line.  You want to work with the best agent that saves you the most money.
  • June 04 2014
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Yes, to a degree realtors of the same office are competing with each other in that we are all independent contractors.  However, in my experience, I would much rather "lose" a deal to someone in my own office than to another office.  When you work for a well-run agency, you are a member of a team and do work together and help each other.  In this case, maybe speak to the broker owner and see what he/she has to say.  Maybe the owner can recommend a certain agent in his or her office that specializes in your area or your type of sale.  Interview 3-5 agents and see which you like best, and as has been said before, don't automatically go for the one who wants to list your home the highest.  Homes that are listed too high end up selling lower.  You want a price that is competitive for your area and that will attract the most amount of buyers.
  • May 16 2014
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Yes.  Agents are independent contractors and each bring different styles and skills to the table.  Sometimes they are unaware who else is coming and may just all be doing a good job prospecting or they all somehow received the lead from somewhere you inquired about listing.  It's a great time of year to list ! Best of luck to you!
  • May 01 2014
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Yes, they compete. Ideally, it should be with the gloves on. The level of professional courtesy should be quite high within an office and there is often room for two agents to cooperate and share a client or a listing. Remember that our industry is one in which even fierce rivals from completing firms come together to cooperate on a particular transaction in the form of a co-broke.
  • May 01 2014
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Hello Jill:

My advise is to look past competition> As a "Seller" and / or a "Buyer" in today's market look for "Representation". Seek out a real estate professional - attorney, real estate broker, appraiser 
or knowledgeable / experienced party to represent your interests. Brokerage firms (companies 
that employ real estate brokers), have "policies" that set forth "brokerage relationships" that they
condone or offer to the public; few offer "Seller Agency" most offer transaction Brokerage, Buyer's Brokerage or Dual relationships. Consider an "Agency Relationship" rather than a competitive $$
agreement. If you intend to be a "Seller". Listing Agreements typically state in the first few sentences
that the Listing Agreement is "Irrevocable" !! Meaning you are stuck with the choices you have made.
I've represented Buyers & Sellers for over three decades; hope this helps you make informed decisions

Bert Vine 
  • January 23 2014
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All good answers here.  Trust your instincts and go with the agent that you like and trust.  I recommend interviewing, in person, 5 agents.  Do not go with the one that tells you they can sell your home for a price higher than anyone else….they are trying to either "buy" your business or they don't know what they are doing. 
  • January 23 2014
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Hello Jilla! This is a very good question. You see, being a realtor is like having our own business even if we work at the same agency. Your experience is actually quite common and I suggest that you let them compete. Interview them in person and choose the one that you'd feel most comfortable with, someone that listens and that would keep your best interest at heart. Feel free to contact me at [Contact information removed by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for more information.]if you have further questions.
  • January 23 2014
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This is a great question. Agents who work for the same company do compete against one another as we are all independent contractors. It is likely that they are unaware that other agents in their office are also contacting you.

The best advice I have is to look at what a company as a whole can offer you, as well as what the agent offers their seller clients. Not all agents are equal. Not all agents work as hard as others, some are part time, and some don't do as much additional marketing for their listings. It is also important that you trust your agent and you have good, open communication. I suggest interviewing at least 3 agents (they don't have to be from different offices though). You could also call the manager of a few local companies, tell them what you are looking for in an agent and they could make a recommendation to you.

Most important of all, trust your instincts! Good luck in the sale of your home.
  • January 23 2014
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I would have to say no. Real estate agents are independent contractors.Intill an agreement is officially made in a written contract agents are unaware of other agents contacts. 

  • January 23 2014
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Thanks for posting your question on Zillow.com & a good one it is.

Why yes, we compete with each other no matter the broker.  Do your research on the available agents in your area regardless of broker they work for.  Check their reviews & production out on Zillow.

Good luck!
  • January 23 2014
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The relationship you have with your agent is a personal one. Interview several until you find one you trust....for methods, diligence, honesty and work ethic. Use your instincts. It is quite possible none of these agent know each other is contacting you.
I for one do not tell others who I am calling on.
Best of luck,
Chris Gubb
Keller Williams Village Square
Ridgewood, NJ
  • January 22 2014
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Each agent works for him/herself first and foremost so even within the same brokerage they act as individual businesses. And each agent might have some unique things to offer, since we all come from different backgrounds and have different Skills in terms of technology, marketing, relationship management, etc. Plus the amount of attention you'll get will vary from agent to agent. Interview at least 2-3 agents to find the best fit for you.
  • January 22 2014
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Allow them to compete, some offices are so big that you never know who is working with who.
  • January 22 2014
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My guess that both options you mentioned are valid.  There is no law against different agents from the same company competing...in fact, the more they compete, the better for you.

When choosing an agent, I recommend interviewing 3 agents. See who you feel most comfortable with and relate to the best. In the end, your relationship your agent will make a huge difference.

Best of luck.

Cindy Davis, Broker

SD Home Source Realty

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  • January 22 2014
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Great question!! Some Agencies are so large, they probably do not know others have contacted you. As far as being competitors, I would liken to Sam's Club or Costco. Both will do similar things, but bring their own personal spin to it.
I would recommend doing a phone interview with the ones who grabbed your attention. If you feel a connection then certainly, interview them in person. See how you feel. Do they put you at ease and listen to your concerns? Have they sold several homes in the last few months? You want someone who is current, for sure! Real Estate changes quickly and you want to know you have someone who has their finger on the pulse of the market.
I hope it helps!! Good Luck with your Sell!!
  • January 22 2014
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Allow them to compete.  
They work in the same office but are their own agent.  
Look for honesty and integrity when speaking with them.
Also, I know that how many years they have been an agent is important but if one of your prospective agents are fairly new to the business, don't discount that.  Maybe this agent will work harder for you.  I know I worked very hard when I was a new agent.  I went to my broker for every question and was very thankful when a client put their trust in me to help them with their business.
Have your list of questions when they get to property and ask them why they think you should choose them.
Good luck in selling your home!
  • January 22 2014
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