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Am I obligated to use a realtor who showed me a home? They were not the listing agent and we didn't sign any agreements with them.

Asked by House Hunter, Alabama Wed Apr 18, 2012

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If you haven't signed any agreement with the agent you are free to use another agent. But once you sign a representation agreement with an agent you are bound to that agent unless you are given a release.

Procuring cause is only an issue if agent #2 helps you buy the home that agent #1 showed you. And it's an issue between agents and is not your problem. Procuring cause is also difficult to prove - especially with no signed representation agreement.

So is you would prefer to work with another agent (for whatever reason) go for it.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 18, 2012
ps someone below said you need to "check with procuring cause laws"

No, you don't...........that is something between the agents.

Consumers are not expected to "check it out", or understand how procuring cause works, or what is involved in such a case.

If it's an issue, it is handled between the agents and their Brokers.

Your purchase should not be impeded in any way.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 20, 2012
No, you're not obligated to use that realtor.

Is there a reason you don't want to continue working with him or her?

Are you planning on making an offer on the home this agent showed you?

If so, make sure you disclose what has occurred to the "2nd/new" agent you decide to use, so that any potential conflicts (procuring cause) can be worked out between them.
Their business discussion should have nothing to do with you proceeding with the offer /purchase.

Otherwise....you're free to do what you want.

Best wishes!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 20, 2012
You are never OBLIGATED to work with a Realtor you've yet to sign any contract with. If you thought they did a good job showing the house and they seemed to be someone you would feel comfortable working with, then ask them to be your Realtor. If not, then perhaps consider to continue looking for a Realtor.

Isiah Youngblood, Realtor®
RealtySouth - Trussville, AL
"Born in Birmingham - Working for you!"
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 20, 2012
Were you comfortable with the agent? If so, why would you not use them...remember, you don't pay a realtor for their services, the seller generally does that.....I agree with everything else said here in responsse to your question.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 19, 2012
Look at it this way..how would you feel if your went to work and the next day, week, or month your employer said to you, I'm not going to pay you...I was just using you to get this project started, I'm going to use "Jo Blo" over here to finish the job and pay him.....That's how it works...if we don't get the sale, we don't get paid. That's the bulk of it!! Unless the agent who showed you the house is just not compatible, stay with them to the end, they will appreciate it and you will get your job done
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 19, 2012
why would you not want to use the Realtor who showed you the home? Realize that we show homes in order to sell them. No closing, no paycheck for us. Please respect the effort this agent has put into the process.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 19, 2012
It is good form to use the broker who showed you the home. They did the work to get your project started.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 18, 2012
Besides the fact that it just isn't "nice" to do this, if you haven't signed an agreement, you could ostensibly use another agent, if you have a good reason not to use the first one. Even without a signed buyers agreement, if the first agent can show a continued paper trail of calls to you and follow up, and another agent writes up the offer, that second agent could be challenged by the first, as to who was the procuring cause.
Buyers need to know that we really don't show homes for the fun of it. Most of us take our business and loyalties very seriously, but hope to have loyalty from buyers -- with or without a signed buyers agreement.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 18, 2012
You have to check on "procuring cause" laws.

Good luck.


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