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You are asking a professional to take their time and resources to show you homes. Certainly, as a professional, they want to be sure that you are a qualified buyer. They also owe that duty to the seller of the property. Sellers should not be subjected to unqualified buyers viewing their homes, unless they are having an Open House. Most sellers go to great lengths to be sure their home looks its very best for each showing and they get their hopes up that it will "the" buyer for their home. In Virginia, the law requires you to sign some form of acknowledgement of agency, even if it is nothing more than acknowledging that you are viewing a home unrepresented.
@HPVANC- Here is a great disclosure that I'd like you to read to better understand the Agency in GA.
THE ABC'S OF AGENCY UNDERSTANDING REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE
RELATIONSHIPS IN GEORGIA
Real estate brokers are licensed professionals trained to help consumers buy, sell, or lease real property. The business relationship between real estate brokers and consumers can take many forms, each of which is called a brokerage relationship. This brochure describes the types of brokerage relationships most commonly offered by real estate brokers. Hopefully, the brochure will make it easier for consumers to make informed choices on how best to work with a real estate broker. It should be noted that real estate brokers are not required to offer all of the brokerage relationships described in this brochure. Instead, each real estate broker is free to decide which of these relationships he or she will offer.
II. Real Estate Brokerage Generally:
As a general rule, only licensed real estate brokers can be paid a fee to help consumers buy, sell, or lease property. Many brokers have licensed real estate salespersons, commonly known as real estate agents, who act on behalf of the broker in helping consumers buy, sell, or lease property. While real estate agents can be employees of the real estate broker, most act as independent contractors. Real estate brokers often incorporate or set themselves up as limited liability companies or partnerships. All brokerage firms, however, are required to have a responsible or a qualifying broker. In the majority of real estate transactions, the consumer interacts only with his or her real estate agent and not the real estate broker. The real estate broker in those instances works behind the scenes to solve problems and support, supervise and assist his or her agents.
III. Client vs. Customer in Brokerage Relationships:
All brokerage relationships fall into one of two broad categories: (1) broker-client relationships; and (2) broker-customer relationships. In a broker-client relationship, the real estate broker is representing the client and is acting as his or her legal agent in buying, selling, or leasing property. In Georgia, a broker-client relationship can only be formed by the parties entering into a written agreement. The agreement must explain, among other things, how the broker will be paid, the duty of the broker to keep client confidences, and the types of client or agency relationships offered by the broker.
The other type of brokerage relationship is known as a broker-customer relationship. With this type of relationship, the broker is not representing the customer in a legal or agency capacity. However, the broker can still work with the customer and help him or her by performing what are known as ministerial acts. These include, for example, identifying property for sale or lease, providing pre-printed real estate form contracts, preparing real estate contracts at the direction of the customer, and locating lenders, inspectors, and closing attorneys on behalf of the customer. The different types of brokerage relationships within each of these categories are discussed below:
This isn't about "tying up" buyers. It's about formalizing the relationship between the licensee and the customer. What makes anyone think that they should be able to walk into a real estate office and demand to be shown property?
Right, hpvanc, you have to show that you can afford to buy the stuff you're looking at. Absolutely. Like I said, Christie's doesn't have to allow me to prowl the halls just because I may be in the market sometime in the future.I completely disagree with your assertion that "forcing a buyer to sign a 'buyer's' representation agreement . . . is collusion." That is ridiculous. It should be the Industry Standard that before showing properties, brokers and customers have a written agreement specifying:1. The agency relationship. Does the agent represent the buyer, the seller, both, or neither? Exclusive or non-exclusive?2. Scope of the relationship. What duties will the agent provide to the buyer? Search, showing, previewing?3. The criteria. Neighborhoods, styles, price . . .4. Compensation.5. Whether a proof of funds was received and reviewed.Our OP complains that there are no open houses in the neighborhoods they're looking at - well, the sellers have the right to restrict showings, and if you asked, I think they'd expect that when their home was being shown, it was to somebody who was at least able to afford it, don't you?Throw all that collusion and DOJ and ACLU stuff away, will ya?
Buyer agreements are not required in the state of Florida. I know of many agents who try to use them and I have seen many of them lose perfectly good buyers because of it. I have found hard work, honesty and communication works just as well for me. Every now and then, I may lose a buyer to another agent, but for the most part, I find that the golden rule applies. Treat People the Way You Want to Be Treated....
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