While I have heard various interpretations of why agents aren't allowed under the Code of "ethics" or under state regulations to accept compensation for services rendered outside of selling a deal, compensating them for legitimate professional services is part and parcel for treating them as a Professional and believe you are doing the right thing. It may be more difficult to find an agent to provide the professional service than it is to get a Professional Appraiser to provide an appraisal that won't be used for a loan at a discount, the last time I heard of someone doing they did it for about $150 less than the typical loan appraisal would have cost. Despite the agent comments my experience is the appraisal is less likely to be for more than you can sell for than a CMA (not sure about BPOs) but do keep in mind it is most likely an absolute maximum you could sell for.
If you do search for a competent Buying agent make sure you are protected by finding an agent that is going to look out for the Buyer's financial interests 1st, understands that their job is to find the Right deal, and is heavy on Due Diligence both before making an offer and through completion of the purchase. If you are signing a contract with a "buyer's" agent these items are not typically included so make sure you add clauses to the contract and line through initial and get the broker to initial any phrases in the standard contract that run contrary to the "buyer's" agent working exclusively within the your interest for your transaction.
My top 5 for representing the Buyer's interest in a Purchase transaction:#1 Doesn't act in a sales or marketing capacity when representing a Buyer#2 Understands what it means to represent a Buyer's financial interests #3 Represents the Buyer's financial interests with the same diligence and veracity someone acting in a sales capacity does for sellers#3 Understands due diligence has technical credentials to assist in it and the transactional neutrality not to interfere with the findings#4 Doesn't undermine Buyer's financial interests with emotional sales pitches#5 Has non-sales professional credentials/education/certificationsIn general is aware that "buyer's" agency by sales person should be considered fraudulent.
You will have to include it in the description. Zillow counts total baths, so if for example you had one full, one three quarter, and two half baths the correct total would be 2.75. It requires an explanation in the description to accurately list the situation you describe.
If no other properties in the price range are getting showings, you are all over priced. Something in your market has triggered a new price discovery paradigm but the sellers and their agents haven't caught on yet.
While I think it would be a great idea to use an attorney, you may also be able to get the forms from the title/closing company you are planning on using.
It means the seller thinks the Zestimate is off. It is up to you as a potential buyer to determine if the Zestimate is off, the market analysis is off or both are off. While I don't take the Zestimate as accurate on individual properties, personally I'd be wary of the market analysis even if they did get an agent to give them a CMA, it is entirely possible that it is a highly inflated suggested retail price than a true assessment of value.
Actually the buyer can try to negotiate on the commission offered to the Selling Agent. If the agent/broker tries to claim Tortuous Interference the FTC may be interested.
Both you and the buyer have a right to try to negotiate a reduced commission.
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