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Who do you contact if you are interested in purchasing a home on the Zillow's list?

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June 24 2011 - New Orleans
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You can find an agent you would like to work with several ways. You may get referrals from family or friends or go to an open house an watch an agent in action. You may contact a few agents before you find the right one, some people prefer agents from a certain company perhaps with a larger company. You want to find a knowledgeable agent you will enjoy working with also.
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August 02 2011
I do not recommend contacting the listing agent. You want to have your own buyer's agent who will only have your own interest in mind (not the seller's).

First and foremost, ask family and friends for their personal recommendations. I would then suggest looking for the Premier Agents listed to the right of the property you're interested in. Read through their review and see what experience their previous clients have had.
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June 24 2011
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Ah yes..the generous offer of a Referral from a Kind Agent...

Agents will kindly "Offer" to help you find another Agent...This is because Many of them if not all pay each other for  "Referrals "

"Referral Fees from One Brokerage to Another and Agent Split"


"Referrals come "off the top" before commission is split. The referral is a negotiated percentage paid to another company for sending a client, either as a seller or a buyer. Here's an example of a typical buyer referral:

1. Brokerage A has a client selling their home and leaving the area. They refer the buyer client to Brokerage B in another state with a written referral agreement at a certain percentage of the final commission earned by Brokerage B.

2. Using the $12,000 gross commission from above, and an agreed referral fee of 25% would give Brokerage A $3000 for the referral, and Brokerage B's agent and broker would split the remaining $9000.

3. Using the 50/50 split from the first example would yield $4500 for the agent in Brokerage B."..Link

You're not ordering Pizza... I would suggest you become as informed as possible so you can make wise decisions, protect yourself, your money and your future..

Perhaps you might be interested in reading this Information provided by the Department of Justice before choosing an Agent..
Consumers Can Save Thousands of Dollars in Commissions

Competing Models of Real Estate Brokerage

Competition and Real Estate

Ten states forbid buyers' brokers from rebating a portion of the sales commission to the consumer. Eight states require consumers to buy more services from sellers' brokers than they may want, with no option to waive the extra items. HUD recently clarified its rule that rebates are permissible under RESPA as long as they are reported on the HUD-1 form.

What are the laws in your state?

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June 24 2011
Two ways:

1. Contact the listing agent directly. Do note that the listing agent's primary responsibility is to the seller, and getting the highest possible price

2. Engage a local realtor to represent you as the buyer's agent whose primary responsibility is to get the lowest possible price for the buyer.

How to find a local agent?

On Zillow, you can find various realtors who are frequent contributors  (choose all stars or local experts). Then see which one gels with your personality or perspective. Might as well work with someone whose style is close to how you wish to be served.

Good luck!
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June 24 2011
Thanks for your question "geeagain".

You can contact the listing agent or you can look up agents in your/the property's area and read past client reviews and select a Realtor that way.



Good luck, hope this help.
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June 24 2011
I'd be more than happy to assist you with that.  [contact information removed by Zillow moderator as per Good Neighbor Policy.]
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