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Is it normal for a RE Agent to give clients the combos to lockboxes?

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This is definitly not allowed and it is a violation of Realtor Code of Ethics.It does not matter that the property is not occupied, the fact is that she is being incredibly lazy and if reported would face serious consequences.  If she is working in this manner prior to writing your offer, imagine what shortcuts she may take with all of the incredibly important steps that follow. I would suggest finding another agent that will be proactive on your behalf.    

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Is it normal for a RE Agent to give clients the combos to lockboxes?

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This is definitly not allowed and it is a violation of Realtor Code of Ethics.It does not matter that the property is not occupied, the fact is that she is being incredibly lazy and if reported would face serious consequences.  If she is working in this manner prior to writing your offer, imagine what shortcuts she may take with all of the incredibly important steps that follow. I would suggest finding another agent that will be proactive on your behalf.    

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New agent, working for a company with no training..

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Like you, I was also given my license, some business cards and signs and sent out on my own with absolutely no training. I had been in marketing for over 18 years which was definitely a plus but it was trial by error in the beginning which is scary in this business. I agree that if you choose to stay with your current firm, you should definitely do all you can to work with those agents that are consistently producing. Offer to help in any way you can, you will be surprised at how much you learn from them.  I started with a small "boutique agency" that offered no training at all. I recently joined Keller Williams and am very impressed with the training they offer new agents with their "Ignite Program".  I came in as a seasoned agent and became a member of their Agent Leadership Council and every member of this council actually teaches these classes. The benefit of the different associates teaching the different classes is that you also have the opportunity to spend time with each one (all of which are very high producing agents) which allows you an insight as to how each of them work their territories, lead capture and marketing plans. You will gain great insight on a personal level as each instructor sincerely wants you to succeed and each has his or her own ideas which you may find very helpful which you would otherwise only gain with extensive experience. Our agency does charge new agents $250 for this class but offers to reimburse them the entire amount on their 1st two closings. So sometimes it is worth it to join a larger firm for this experience as long as they are an "agent based" and are looking to help you grow first which will in turn grow their firm.  

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We just closed on a refinance and closer had us sign a limited power of attorney. Is this normal

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I undestand that this is common in most states but in Ms. they do not actually require you sign a POA for this procedure. Closing Attorneys will always have you sign a document that states that you will be willing to return to make corrections to any documents that were overlooked or misprinted and will work with them should any errors be found once the closing has been completed. The document also states that they are allowed to correct minor errors that do not necessarily require your signature.  

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Should an agent honor a buyer's request to meet with seller and neighbor? Deed issue

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I had a similar issue recently also regading a driveway on a property where I was representing the buyer only. It was my responsibility to work on behalf of my buyer to do my best to resolve the issue which is exactly what I did. I talked with the list agent, we all agreed to meet with the sellers, and the neighbor in an effort to determine the best course of action. In the end the neighbors, at no additional expense to my buyers or the sellers, did legally deed the property over to the sellers which in turn was deeded to  my buyers upon the close of the property. I can't even imagine telling my buyer's no to a request in which we had a perfect opportunity to resolve the issue. Its sad more agents will not take the additional steps to resolve a problem and instead choose to simply decide on their own that there is no way past it. There is almost always a remedy and when you do take the additional measures to help your buyers will remember and will in turn refer you to anyone the come across needing to buy or sell Real Estate! Its honestly a no brainer, taking the extra steps in this profession is one way to maintain job security! There are plenty of agents out there occasionally selling real estate, but a much fewer number actually make an exceptional living at it for this very reason.  

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