There are two points of view....the customer's and the agent's and what's right for one isn't necessarily right for the other.
Robert I firmly agree with you, that buyers and sellers should be weary of these relationships and take precautions to minimize their risks. Because a law can be rationalized, doesn't insure it is just in all cases.
This is a highly contentious aw that will be debated as long as it exists but until then, buyers and sellers should be aware of the potential perils.
The California Association of Realtors has a form that you can submit to basically force the realtor to present the offer to the seller. In small towns and very "networked communities" I feel it is important to do this. You want make sure that you are getting a fair chance at the home, and this is the only way to ensure that.
Your Realtor should be able to provide additional opportunities for follow up and feedback on your offer. The squeaky wheel gets greased!... more
Carbon monoxide detectors are required across the board. Not only can automobiles cause a problem, so can propane, bbq's, and other sources for heating(usually not advised & may not be legal to use).... more