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Viewing a House Without an Agent

Hello,

I have been looking casually for some time to buy a new house. We are in no rush to move, so we have just been looking online until the right house pops up. For that reason, we have not engaged with a buyers agent yet. Recently a house came up for sale that we are interested in. I'd like to see it, but don't want to go through the process of finding a buyer's agent if there are already multiple offers on the house. Can I call the seller's agent directly to see it?  If so, will I be able to engage a buyer's agent for myself later on, or will the seller's agent be entitled to both halves of the commission if she shows me the home first?

Thanks for your advice!

  • August 08 2013 - South Brunswick
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You cannot engage the listing agent.  They have already been engaged by the seller.  If you use the listing agent to buy the home you gave up your rights to aggressive and individualized representation by your own buyers representative.  Yes they get both sides of the commission.
  • August 10 2013
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In this case, if you engaged the listing agent to show you the home directly, and he/she does so, then yes they will be the procuring cause and will be entitled to the full commission.  Be aware that the agent will be put in a "disclosed dual agent" situation, and will not be able to put your needs ahead of the seller's needs and vice versa.

In my opinion you would be best served contacting an agent directly to show you the home and represent you as a buyer.  The best way to find an agent is to ask for a referral from family or friends, or use the zillow tool "Find a Pro" and search based on reviews.

Best of luck with your search.
  • August 10 2013
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It is always recommended you hire a buyers agent to represent you at all times.  If you commit to work with one agent (even if you will take more time to buy), your buyer's agent will commit to work with you and protect you at all times, advice you even if it means you won't but a specific house because of the inspection and due diligence, he/she will have to do.

The listing agent has obligations with the seller because he was hired by them first, and if he is representing both you and the seller, there is always some information he will not share with you.

The misconception among buyers is that if I contact the listing agent he will get my offer accepted, because of the commission. Please understand we have an obligation to present all offers, no matter how ridiculous they are, unless instructed not to.

Keep all the responses in mind and Happy House Hunting
  • August 08 2013
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You would be better served if you chose a buyer's agent to represent your interests. That agent can help you with other properties you want to look at, and can help you in many other ways besides finding a house to buy (which is just one of many things that agent can do for you).

If you contact the listing agent, and then the agent shows that property to you especially when you're not represented by an agent, the listing agent becomes the procuring cause should you decide to buy.

Also...please don't assume that the listing agent gets both halves of the commission. Agents will still have to split the commission with their brokerage(s) less expenses and other fees.

Finally, think of it this way: the listing's agent's first priority is to get the best and highest price for the seller who hired him. While the buyer's agent wants the best and lowest price for the buyer.
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Hi There,
the selling agent will be entitled to both halves of the commission since to be paid a commission the agent needs to be the procuring cause, they cannot be the procuring cause if you choose them after the fact
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Hi.  If you want to see a house and you contact the listing agent to show it to you, that agent would then be entitled to both halves of the comission if you decided to write an offer.

Speaking for myself and many other agents out there, we do not mind showing properties.  You might just be looking casually but see the perfect property and decide to make an offer.

If there is an agent that you have met that you like, contact them to show you the house.

Good luck!
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