On the contrary, if you are trying to buy a house from the listing agent, is not a good idea to work with that agent, because he/she is looking on the best interest of the seller, not yours.
Best of Luck,
Century 21 Tenace
If you are buying a home should you call the listing agent? NO
The idea is on each home there should be two agents on representing the seller and one representing the buyer.
If you sell your home and that listing agent can assist you in buying a home.
Harold Sharpe - Broker
So Cal Homes
California Department of Real Estate Broker License # 01312992
According to me, i don't think there is any harm in having the same agent for selling and buying. As lon as the agent has full experience of working as a listing agent and a selling agent, you can keep the same agent to represent the two.
If you mean to represent you as seller and then double-end and represent the buyer for your home, that's a situation that should be avoided. It's just challenging to have quality representation when one person has to represent both sides.
Erica Glessing Nelson
Author & Co-Publisher "Sell Your House Fast for the Right Price," released now!
Whether you use an agent to buy, sell, or both, you must first determine the agentâ€™s expertise and experience as a listing agent and as a selling agent. This can best be done by asking some questions about past listings the agent has handled and how the agent stays on top of current market trends. Regardless, there is no obligation to use the same agent to represent you while selling your home or buying a new home. It is highly recommended, however, that whichever side of the transaction you are on that you use an agent to represent your best interests.
You may use the same agent to represent you as either buyer or seller, but first make certain that the agent is equally knowledgeable as a listing agent and a selling agent. Also be aware that an agent who acts as your listing agent and as selling agent to the buyer acts as a dual agent, and thus has a fiduciary duty to both the seller and the buyer. Fiduciary duty in this case means that the dual agent must show equal care, confidentiality, loyalty, obedience, accounting & disclosure to both the buyer and the seller.
However many strong listing agents do not represent very many buyers. Their time and efforts are focused on selling homes. Many very good buyer agents do not have their own advertising budget and connections to do a top job marketing a home. Specializing is one of the ways to develop superior skills. Both buyer agents and seller agents can understand the market prices and trends equally well.
I leverage my time by having my own team of specialists. I over see everything and do all negotiations myself. But I have specialists supporting me who can do various activities very well. This allows me to handle more sales (for sellers and buyers), to know more people, to know the best way to get the job done, and to have the time to get the best results.
Keller Williams Realty
Over a thousand home sales completed.
If you are happy and comfortable with your Agent, for Selling your home, and feel they have done a good job for you....then yes by all means you must stick with your agent and buy your next home with them.......only look for a new agent if your agent doent cover the area you want, otherwise be faithful to them! My clients work with me repeatedly, and are loyal to me as they have had a very good experience at each transaction! My entire business is "By Referral" amd that speaks for itself!
Wishing you only the Best, TC,
If you are moving far away and/or the first transaction is not going to your satisfaction - use another agent for the buy.
There is so many possibilities...
You are under no obligation to use the same agent. Reasons to use the same one for both the selling and buying: existing relationship; timing of selling / buying / moving / escrow dates; simpler communications. Reasons not to use the same agent: two homes are not covered by one agent; relationship not working well during the first part of the transaction.
Always do what is most comfortable for you...and share this with your agent.
Alain Pinel Realtors
Interesting question - If you are asking should you work directly with the listing agent in the purchase of a home, my answer is as follows...
I believe up to 1989, when you purchased a home, the commission was paid by the seller and both the buyers agent and sellers agent represented the seller in the transaction. Then there was a lawsuit brought by a buyer who was upset because they had no representation in the transaction. At that point the agency disclosure form was created to outline the specific duties we had as a fiduciary representative of our buyers or sellers. Essentially, when we take on someone as our client, it's like we become them. When we deal with another agent, and we are representing the seller of a home, it is like the other agent is dealing directly with the seller. Now, let's say you really like a house and you meet the listing agent at the property. The listing agent's first duty is too get the most money possible on the sale of the home. This is not to say that they can not help you purchase the home. It is just that you will not truly have a fiduciary representing you in the transaction and trying to negotiate the best terms for you on the purchase of that home.
If you are asking if you should work with the agent who listed your home and successfully closed the transaction for you, in the purchase of your next home, by all means, do!
I hope this makes sense.
Grace Morioka gave you an excellent answer to your question.
Yes. I recommend that you select the same agent to represent you on both the sale of your current home and on the purchase of your next home.
Once you have selected a good agent, that agent can represent you on the purchase of the property that you want to buy and on the sale of your property. You will find that coordinating the whole operation will go much better if you are represented by one agent on both the purchase and the sale rather than two different agents.
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your agent did a great job for you in selling your home AND the new home where you wish to purchase is in the same area, then, by all means, use the same agent. If, however, the area where you are planning to move is a distance from your current home, then it may make more sense for you to find a great agent in that locale that can help you get a feel for the neighborhoods and communities. If you don't know anyone in that area, then your agent can refer you to a great agent in the same company or through their connections with other agents.
It could be advantageous to have the same agent do both to be able to coordinate the timing of the closing of the sale and the purchase.
All my best,
Dot Chance, Realtor CDPE
Keller Williams Realty World Media Center