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By Brian Miller | Agent in Bensalem, PA

Can a Real Estate Agent Show Any Home?

It is a often thought that a real estate agent can only show the homes that they (or their broker) have listed for sale, however, that is false. A real estate agent can show you just about any home that is professionally listed for sale. In fact, it is likely that most homes your agent will show you are not their listings.

Say, for instance, you are working with your agent Brian Miller from Century 21 Alliance in Bucks County, PA, and you happen to drive by a home that is for sale, listed by Jane Smith at ABC Real Estate Co. All you need to do is tell Brian about the home you liked, and he can easily set an appointment to go see it, get you information about it, and help you all the way to the settlement table.

How is this possible you ask?

After all, you can't buy GAP jeans at Express, so how is it that a Century 21 agent could sell another company's listing? Most agents subscribe to a Multiple Listing Service (MLS), in which all of the information about the homes they have for sale is entered. This is a large database that agents can then search through to find homes for their clients, based on the criteria a buyer is looking for. Included in this information are showing instructions. After all, other agents want their listings to be shown as much as possible in order to sell it, so the best way to do that is by allowing other real estate professionals who are working with buyers to take tours.

Wondering who you will be working with when it comes time to buy?

That's easy - your agent and their broker (hopefully Brian Miller from Century 21 Alliance!). There are typically two sides of a transaction, which are the buying and selling side. If Century 21 showed you the home you wish to buy, they will help you all the way through the transaction, working in your best interest.

Ready to get started?

Contact me, Brian Miller of Century 21 Alliance in Bucks County, PA at BPMRealEstate@gmail.com


By Wes Black,  Sun Oct 9 2011, 21:17
It is amazing how many new buyers do not understand that realtors can show homes listed by other brokers.
By Richard Garza,  Sun Oct 9 2011, 21:38
You are right Wes, everyday I meet people who think that I can only show homes that are listed by my company. They are always surprised when I tell them that I can show them all homes listed on MLS, and can facilitate those that are FSBO.
By Frank Dolski Associate Broker,  Mon Oct 10 2011, 05:24
It is amazing that some buyers do not realize that they should use a realtor to represent them on new construction. The fact is that the site agent represents only the buyer! At least here in Pennsylvania!
By Allan Erps,  Mon Oct 10 2011, 05:29
Face this all the time. Educating the consumer/buyer is extremely important from day one. Just had the experience of two Buyer wanting a showing of one of my listings. Told both that they probably were not buying this house before we went inside. After the showing, I gathered their information to automatically send them similar listings and "tweak" each particular customers needs. One is signing a contract today, the other is still my loyal client!
By Rick Jackson,  Mon Oct 10 2011, 05:43
Great topic. I hear it a lot. Buyers feel like it's not fair to the listing agent not to buy from them. They don't mind us doing the research though.

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