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Bernadette, Both Buyer and Seller in Maryland

Can I go to an open house without my agent ?

Asked by Bernadette, Maryland Mon Oct 17, 2011

Can I go to an open house without my agent ?

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Mary,

Ideally, your agent should have discussed this issue with you before signing the Buyer-Broker Agreement.

Two reasons:
1) If you signed the Exclusive Buyer-Broker Agreement and you decide to purchase the house directly from the listing agent (seller's agent hosting the open house), you may find yourself paying TWO broker commissions: one to the listing broker and another to your buyer broker as per Buyer Broker Agreement

2) If you happen to like the house and plan to submit an offer, you, as a buyer, need to be careful NOT to share any personal or financial information with the listing agent hosting the Open House, because that listing agent CAN and WILL use that information AGAINST YOU for the benefit of the Seller - as any GOOD listing agent should - which will make your own agent's, buyer agent's job much more difficult.

The same applies to Open Houses hosted by FSBOs, For Sale By Owner.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 19, 2011
Absolutely! Be careful what you say to the agent holding the open house though as they represent the Seller and everything you tell them "can & will be used" in negotiations. When I hold an open house, one of the first questions I ask is: "Are you represented by a Buyer's agent?". I totally respect client/agent loyalty and would never attempt to interfere with your relationship with your agent. I will ask who you agent is however so I may follow up with him/her to see if I can answer any questions/concerns. Hope this helps!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 27, 2012
Hi Mary,

You can preview homes that are having and Open House, two things, make sure you let the listing agent know that you are currently working with an agent and have hopefully signed your Buyer Broker agreement and secondly please do not share any information with the listing agent allow your agent to do so. Good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 22, 2011
Hi Mary,

Yes, you are allowed to visit open houses without your agent--as you may have gathered already. Your agent should have given you a stack of his/her business cards for you to give to other agents you may encounter while visiting an open house.

Also, make sure you make this clear if you are visiting new construction models. If you sign in without your agent's contact information, there is a very good chance that you will not be able to use your agents expertise as a result.

Good luck!

Mo A. Hashem
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 17, 2011
This is really the perfect question to ask your Realtor. "What do I do, if I want to attend an Open House, without you?".

Typically, Open Houses are "no man's land". You are free to view an open house, without worrying that the agent sitting the Open will automatically become your agent for the purchase of that house. But Open Houses are a tool that agents use to try to attract new clients, so the agent sitting the Open will likely try to "schmooze" you (a real-estate technical term)... and get you to like them and then use them to help you buy a house.

Your agent will probably tell you that when you attend an Open to tell the sitting agent that you "are currently working with an agent", and if/when you sign-in on the attendance sheet, to sign in with his/her name next to yours. If you do so, you probably won't be bothered by follow-up calls after the open house.

Good luck, and happy hunting.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 17, 2011
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
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Hi, Yes you can, just let the agent sitting the open house that you have an agent. You can even bring your agents business card so the listing agent can contact them for your feedback.

Christopher Pagli
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
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William Raveis Legends Realty Group
914.406.9023
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 17, 2011
Mary you could but with caution, if you have signed a buyer broker agreement you could be liable for paying them if you buy without them. the best possible scenario is you tell the open house agent you are working with a Realtor up front. If you have their card give it to the agent. Some listing agents will honor your agent, some do require the agent to accompany you on yoru first visit. If you are working with an agent, goving them the respect after they have worked with you is the norm
Web Reference: http://www.ScottSellsNH.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 17, 2011
That is what "Open Houses" are all about. Open access. I'm however not in complete agreement in the courtesy of disclosing your agent relationship with the representative holding the open house. Many times the representative holding the open house is not the listing agent, many times not even a licensed real estate agent or broker. What if you really liked the house and the representative holding the open house had already been approached about representing another open house visitor to write an offer. If they know you have an agent and you are showing interest, they are going to race to their office to get their offer submitted first, listing agent or not. When visiting an open house unrepresented keep your mouth shut if you have any interest. If you don't have any interest in the house, then by all means provide the courtesy disclosure. You can show your cards as much as you feel comfortable doing so. If you would like the listing agent to follow-up with your agent just let the open house representative the know the same.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 17, 2011
Yes you can. You can even go to more than one if you like.
Web Reference: http://www.321property.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 17, 2011
Yes certainly. Just make sure to mention to the agent holding the open house that you are already represented by an agent. If they have you fill out a registration card, provide your name (at least first) and your agents contact details so the open house agent can follow up with your agent about any feedback you had.


Good luck with your home search!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 17, 2011
Hi Mary

Yes, you can go to an open house without your agent with you. As Corey mentioned, please let the agent who is holding the open house know that you are working with an agent and if you have further questions or want to get back into see the house again, your agent will contact the listing agent.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 17, 2011
Mary,

Yes. You can go to an open house without your Realtor. But do your Realtor a favor and let the hosting agent know that you are working with a Realtor and that any interest in the home will be vetted out by that agent.

It protects your position of having an agent represent your interest if it comes down to you liking the home, while also protecting your Realtor and enabling them to continue making a living.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 17, 2011
Mary,

It sounds like the roads of communication between you and your agent are few and far between....

When you listed your home, your listing agreement may have identified the responsibilities of you, your agent and their broker. Doing an open house is much more than making the home available to potential buyers and putting a bowl of candy on the counter.

Check your listing agreement for a possible clarification prior to having a conversation with your agent about this topic.

Good luck,

Bill
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 17, 2011
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