Zillow Advice: Home Buying - What to do when the agent who is "the" expert on a neighborhood also has most of the listings? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-do-when-the-agent-who-is-the-expert-on-a-neighborhood-also-has-most-of-the-listings/360352/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate sounds like she already showed ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-do-when-the-agent-who-is-the-expert-on-a-neighborhood-also-has-most-of-the-listings/360352/ sounds like she already showed you a property that you like. <br/>if you didn't say you had an agent. a savy agent will claim you as a customer.<br/>so you really have no choice.<br/>this is why agents hold open houses.<br/> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 06:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-do-when-the-agent-who-is-the-expert-on-a-neighborhood-also-has-most-of-the-listings/360352/ 2010-11-30T06:04:00Z In the state of Florida, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-do-when-the-agent-who-is-the-expert-on-a-neighborhood-also-has-most-of-the-listings/360352/ In the state of Florida, we can not act as dual agents.&nbsp; If an agent "represents" both the seller and buyer, they become Transaction Agents.&nbsp; In other words, they are representing neither party and simply handling the transaction.&nbsp; <br/><br/>I highly suggest finding an agent that will represent YOU and protect your interests.<br/><br/>Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. <br/><br/>All the Best! Tue, 30 Nov 2010 04:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-do-when-the-agent-who-is-the-expert-on-a-neighborhood-also-has-most-of-the-listings/360352/ 2010-11-30T04:34:00Z There is a saying among lawyers:&nbsp; ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-do-when-the-agent-who-is-the-expert-on-a-neighborhood-also-has-most-of-the-listings/360352/ There is a saying among lawyers:&nbsp; "A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client."&nbsp; That holds true for just about everything we seek advice.&nbsp; As stated by the others, you are far better served by having your own personal agent than the listing agent.&nbsp; I do not represent both sides period.&nbsp; I agree with James that the dual agent disclosure forms are complicated to the average person and most buyers do not truly know what they are signing up.&nbsp; The logic of "the expert in the neighborhood" is a false assumption because any agent operating in a specific county pretty much knows what goes on in all the neighborhoods.&nbsp; If they do not they know how to get the information you need to make an informed decision.&nbsp; It is wise for you to ask questions before selecting an agent.&nbsp; I would be more concerned by a lazy agent than one who does not live in the housing complex you have interest. Sun, 01 Aug 2010 15:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-do-when-the-agent-who-is-the-expert-on-a-neighborhood-also-has-most-of-the-listings/360352/ 2010-08-01T15:37:00Z You are very bright. It is ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-do-when-the-agent-who-is-the-expert-on-a-neighborhood-also-has-most-of-the-listings/360352/ You are very bright. It is best to have a Realtor&copy; representing you as the buyer. Many agents will gladly work both sides, but in reality they can only represent fully one side. My rule is I represent the side that contacts me first. I explain on first meeting who I am representing. I also explain that I can assist the second contact party with the transaction as a customer. Most of the time it is not clear to them even when they are presented with the "Information about Broker Services" notification form.<br/><br/>Again you are correct to have your own Realtor&copy; representing your interest.<br/><br/>Good Luck!<br/><br/>James Callas - Realtor&copy; Sun, 01 Aug 2010 15:22:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-do-when-the-agent-who-is-the-expert-on-a-neighborhood-also-has-most-of-the-listings/360352/ 2010-08-01T15:22:00Z Hi,I understand if you would ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-do-when-the-agent-who-is-the-expert-on-a-neighborhood-also-has-most-of-the-listings/360352/ Hi,<br/>I understand if you would like someone who just represents your interests, that makes sense.&nbsp; I believe I would find a realtor who is also familiar with the area&nbsp;to represent you in your search, and he/she can show you any of the listings in this persons area, but your interests are being protected by your buyes agent.&nbsp; I think the agent you choose will have a less biased opinion and analysis than the agent who is immersed in that community.<br/><br/>Good luck!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sun, 01 Aug 2010 14:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-do-when-the-agent-who-is-the-expert-on-a-neighborhood-also-has-most-of-the-listings/360352/ 2010-08-01T14:41:00Z