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how do I get the agent for a listed property?

  • October 07 2012 - Coral Way
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The main problem I see with dual agency is that the buyer is effectively left to represent themselves. The listing agent can't act in the buyers sole interest if any renegotiation is needed at some point. Not just price but also repairs etc.
  • October 08 2012
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Do your homework, and get a buyer's agent that has the credentials, kknowlege, and experience to hold your hand throughout the process. You will sleep at night knowing they are working in your best interest.  Best of luck!
  • October 08 2012
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Good Morning,

Why is the assumption made that a listing agent would not treat a buyer properly? I find this somewhat disappointing see. Just as in anything there are those that do their job with pride and professionalism and those that do not. For the most part, and in many instances we here in Florida are transation brokers, therefore we respresent the transaction as a whole, not just one side over the other. When a seller is looking at an offer from a buyer they are looking to see that the person making the offer is qualified to purchase the property and also what their net amount on the transaction will be. It is a myth that a buyer's agent can get a better price on a home than a seller's agent. Seller just like buyers know how to obtain market data and know how to analyse this information. Good luck with your home search. Should you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me.
Lila Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
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  • October 08 2012
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Think of it this way. The listing agent's job is to look out for the seller - NOT YOU the buyer. They are going to try and get the most money for their seller and NOT get you, the buyer, a deal.

And as the listing agent, they get paid both sides of the commission, more reason for them to look out for themselves and the seller.

A buyer's agent, who is usually paid in full by the seller, has your interest at heart. They will even have you sign something that says their ethical duties to you, the buyer, even though the seller pays them. They will work to get you a deal, make sure everything you need to know is disclosed, point out any flaws in the property that should be inspected, etc.

So tell me again why you would want to deal directly with the seller's agent?
  • October 07 2012
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Buyers should have a choice of whether they want to deal with a "Buyers" Agent or deal directly with the Listing Agent.  I would also stay clear of any agent that likes to play the sales/marketing shell game, now you see it now you don't, and makes the claim that "Buyers" Agents are free or at no cost to the buyer. 

Even at "free" you won't even get what you pay for upfront  with an agent claiming to be "free to the buyer" if they take such a narrow view of how agent costs effect transactions, you can pretty much expect that they will not even consider your financial best interests as a buyer.
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I'm a Buyers agent in the Fort Lauderdale area and I agree.. you should contact a buyers agent to represent you.
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As others have said, it is there at the bottom of the page in small print.

BUT....

It is a REALLY BAD IDEA for you to talk to the Listing Agent!

They have the Seller's interests at heart by law! Not yours.

Get yourself a Buyer's AGent. Their services are free to you and yet they are also Priceless!.

Let me know if you need an introduction to a great agent in your area.

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It's at the very bottom of the property profile page on Zillow.
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You dont have to use the Agent that is listed with the property. Id suggest rgetting a referral for an agent through friends and family..also a buyers agent  at times best because they negotiate and work for you rather than the seller and using an agent will not cost you anything as they are paid by the seller..
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Their name is often identified with the listed house. If not call an agent in the area and talk with them.
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