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Is it ok to speak to the sellers agent directly instead of going through our agent...?

...we don't want to offend anyone and we don't know if the sellers agent only wants to talk through our agent. or is it a normal thing to talk to the sellers agent if you have extra questions or comments
  • August 24 2013 - US
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Please address the question directly to your buyer's agent.   Usually it is not appropriate to contact the seller's agent without the buyer's agent either being aware or part of the process.
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You should filter all communication through your agent. I am usually on the listing side of transaction and I hate when the buyer we are under contract with contacts me directly. It is a waste of my time and  inappropriate. Talk to your own agent!
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I worked with a buyer once who didn't understand the importance of allowing the seller time to make their own decisions and ended up taking the initiative to call the listing agent on their own because they just couldn't wait. They tipped their hand and I can guarantee it cost them about $2,000 in the negotiation.
If you are working with an experienced agent you'll find that silence, or no news, is as telling as a lot of communication. Let them do their job and work with your agent.
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You need to use your agent as that keeps everything and everybody on the same page and legal.  You also need to keep in mind that if it is not in writing, then it didn't happen.
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I recommend that you speak with your agent.  This will allow for them to best protect your interests.  Sometimes when buyers and sellers speak directly, they can be at a disadvantage because you have an emotional interest at stake.  Use your  [Embedded hotlink removed by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for information]to help!
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The reason sellers hire a real estate agent is so the agent can be a conduit between potential buyers and their agent. If you have questions, refer them to your agent who can then pass them onto the listing agent.
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Normal good practice is to have all communication via your buyer agent.
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