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Our property manager wants to be our buyers agent

This person just got their real estate license and has been the property manager of the house we have rented for 3 years.  He has been condecending at times and short.  We do not trust him or like him for that matter.  But would it be in our best interest to just use him in order to get our deposit back (we know that we will be nickeled and dimed anyways) and to hopefully make the exit process easier?

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January 17 2012 - Scottsdale
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Tug a War,
Are you from CA.. I think i saw you briefly on our site.
Next time stay an chat for a bit..
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January 18 2012
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@Brad

Really Tricky how you use "Brad" to link to your site and outsmart that Stupid Zillow and their Stupid Spam rules...pure Marketing Genius at work
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January 18 2012
Never use an agent you don't trust period!
You have a contract with the property management company.. it is your lease. If he gives you grief, chat with an attorney. Take a look at the landlord tenant act. It is there to protect you from being exploited.
Best of luck.
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January 18 2012
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If it were me, i'd use the potential commission as an incentive for him to be less of an axe-hat and deal with me fairly on the deposit front. Tell him that you wont decide whether or not he can be your agent until after your other business is concluded.

Since its your money and he wants your business, you have the leverage. Lets see him walk away from a couple grand over a bogus 50 dollar "carpet cleaning" fee. ofc AFTER hes refunded your deposit in full, run for the hills and don't look back. Sign no exclusivity agreement until you are free from the clutches of barney fife.

If you did sign with them, they then have a contract stating that they get a commission even if they keep your deposit and sue you for trash removal in the back yard which was there when you moved in. they could treat you as horribly as they wanted and you would still HAVE TO go with them.

Lie down with dogs//wake up with fleas.
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January 17 2012
There are plenty of very good and very experienced agents who would serve you better than an unlikable condecending jerk. Find a good buyer's agent, build a trust based relationship, and ask for help if you feel you're being unfairly handled by the property manager.

A good agent will be your advocate for any real estate related needs, including assessing if the amount of your deposit returned is appropriate.

You might lose out on a good opportunity, pay too much for a home, screw up paperwork, or get taken advantage of in another way if this guy is a bad apple. No matter how you look at it the deposit is pretty small compared to some of the problems or opportunity loss you might encounter.
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January 17 2012
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It can be difficult to say "no" to someone in this sort of role, but put him through a rigorous interview just like you would all other agents to find the right one for you.  
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January 17 2012
It's in your best interest not to use this agent, simply for the fact, you don't care for him.  Purchasing a home is a milestone, you need someone you can trust and will be knowledgable of the process.  As far as your deposit on your rental, I'd suggest doing what you are required to do and take pictures of the place when completed.  If charges are applied and deducted you'll have proof.
Politely, decline his offer of agency, explaining your choice to use a seasoned agent, was expressed to you to be the best, due to the current market conditions. Offer to forward his business card around if you hear of someone selling.  As a gesture of gratitude.
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January 17 2012
 "We do not trust him or like him for that matter."


Then, no.
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