Zillow Advice: Home Buying - Is it better to have the buyer agent and the seller agent from the same real estate firm or not? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-better-to-have-the-buyer-agent-and-the-seller-agent-from-the-same-real-estate-firm-or-not/420859/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I think you will find it ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-better-to-have-the-buyer-agent-and-the-seller-agent-from-the-same-real-estate-firm-or-not/420859/ I think you will find it goes nice and smooth.&nbsp; They both need to sign Dual Agency.&nbsp; I am doing one right now and it has been wonderful for both buyer and seller.&nbsp; I highly recommend it.&nbsp; Good Luck!! Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-better-to-have-the-buyer-agent-and-the-seller-agent-from-the-same-real-estate-firm-or-not/420859/ 2011-10-27T19:27:00Z Thanks for posting your question ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-better-to-have-the-buyer-agent-and-the-seller-agent-from-the-same-real-estate-firm-or-not/420859/ Thanks for posting your question on zillow.com "joan104".<br/><br/>There is no answer to this question as there are too many variables.&nbsp; Dual agency where the agent represents both parties can be disastrous or actually make the deal work.&nbsp; I personally was a dual agent on 3 transactions in my 6 years and I can tell you both parties were happy and the deal would have never been put together or held together if I were not a dual agent.<br/><br/>When it comes to dual agents with 2 different agents in the same office, that would depend on how ethical the individual agents are.&nbsp; Ultimately that broker is responsible for both.<br/><br/>Only you can answer that question &amp; unfortunately after the deal is done.<br/><br/>Good luck, hope everything works out for you. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-better-to-have-the-buyer-agent-and-the-seller-agent-from-the-same-real-estate-firm-or-not/420859/ 2011-10-27T17:56:00Z It's fine for the buyer and ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-better-to-have-the-buyer-agent-and-the-seller-agent-from-the-same-real-estate-firm-or-not/420859/ It's fine for the buyer and the seller&nbsp;to use&nbsp;agents from the same office, as long as&nbsp;all parties understand&nbsp;and sign the Dual Agency Agreement, which is there to protect all parties. Basically, the agents, even though they belong to the same office, are bound by rules that protect your confidentiality and cannot disclose confidential information to the other party without your express consent.&nbsp; Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-better-to-have-the-buyer-agent-and-the-seller-agent-from-the-same-real-estate-firm-or-not/420859/ 2011-10-27T17:28:00Z To be fair, it depends more ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-better-to-have-the-buyer-agent-and-the-seller-agent-from-the-same-real-estate-firm-or-not/420859/ To be fair, it depends more on the agents themselves than anything. I've been on&nbsp;either&nbsp;side of a transaction with people from my own company, and even my own office. NYS has what's called Dual Agency With Designated Sales Agents. Our broker is a dual agent (represents both sides) but we designate one agent to act in the interest of the buyer, and one in the interest of the seller. I treat that other agent the same as I would an agent from another company. Just like any industry, there are ethical and unethical people. It'll be up to you to bring up these issues and evaluate anyone you choose to represent your interest to make sure you feel you will be treated fairly. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-better-to-have-the-buyer-agent-and-the-seller-agent-from-the-same-real-estate-firm-or-not/420859/ 2011-10-27T17:26:00Z Absolutely not. Conflict ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-better-to-have-the-buyer-agent-and-the-seller-agent-from-the-same-real-estate-firm-or-not/420859/ Absolutely not. Conflict of interest for the broker and it is very difficult to keep information completely confidential in an office. With that said, there certainly are exceptions. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-better-to-have-the-buyer-agent-and-the-seller-agent-from-the-same-real-estate-firm-or-not/420859/ 2011-10-27T17:15:00Z