I find it hard to understand why an agent, especially the listing agent, wouldn't call you back in regard to an inquiry on their listing.
I can only speak for myself - I respond to questions on my listings promptly.and it has nothing to do with the possibility of having both sides of the transaction.
I am not sure how dual agency is handled in Michigan, but perhaps that has something to do with their lack of a response.
To me, the interesting part of your postition is that, like it or not, you will, in fact, be working with an agent.......just not one who will be representing you.
Good luck - hope you hear back soon.............give them another call...if you still don't hear back.......hire your own agent!
Kind of like taking a "test drive" to at least see if you have a comfort level before signing on.
In my area we don't use signed agreements in order to work with a buyer, so it is never an issue here.
Also, if it is a case of the forclosure selling agents being too busy to get back to me, wouldnt they still be too busy too get back to an agent I was using?
I am very sorry that your first experience with a realtor was a bad one. But if you have a great agent on your side, he or she will try their hardest to get the best possible deal and terms for you. If you decide to use an agent in the future, you should interview that person just as though you were interviewing them for a job. Because, in actuality, you are hiring them for the job of helping you find your new home with the best terms for you.
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The point you made is likely the only advantage you may get, and an all so light advantage or benefit by dealing with only listing agents. Some of the agent that deal with large accounts of foreclosures may be bogged down with their listing tasks and unable to provide the level of service that a buyer should require.
I am sorry that you had a bad experience as the value an agent can provide you can make a world of difference. Of course, depending on the Realtor, that difference could be on either end of the spectrum, same thing could be the case with the various listing agents you could deal with.
This is not the forum for solicitation, nor do I shove myself on buyers and sellers. However, I am a very consultative type of professional and would be happy to discuss your real estate objectives. Your best advantage is to have a Realtor working in your best interest. You have learned from past experience, so may I suggest you find a Realtor who can help make your home ownership process a smooth, stress free experience. Call me if you would like some guidance.