You may be held liable to pay a commission if she showed you the property and then you choose to place the offer with another agent. If you are really concern that she is not competent I would go and talk to her office manager and tell them about your concerns and ask them if someone in management will supervise and work with her on the deal to ensure it goes through without a hitch.
Quite frankly like J R said, if your offer is lousy and the agent is an excellent negotiator the offer may still be turned down. The agent shouldn't have to "negotiate" anything at the offer stage, they are not conducting a garage sale and this ain't no flea market. I recognize that in certain cultures negotiations are expected and always done however in the U.S. quite often I find the buyer so concerned about the negotiations before an offer is even on the table is planning on insulting the seller with a ridiculously low offer to begin with in order to feel them out. As a sellers agent I inform the sellers not to dignify the offer with a counter offer and just flat out reject it and you'll also find the seller will be willing to give up a lot less then they would for a serious buyer who came in with a more realistic but low price to begin with.
Negotiation skills almost always come in after the home inspections, at the offer stage the agent must possess a different skill which is knowing the strong points of the contract offer and presenting them in a strong presentation. I've seen agents who "think" they are good at negotiating and/or presenting offers but stink at it. I am thinking of one right off the top of my head recently from a W****ert office, I'll withhold her name. But she felt it was necessary to give her summarized resume to the seller before presenting the offer to show she knew what she was talking about. "I live in this town for years", "I been through this market several times" (Obvious Lies), "I know the market", I know this and that... BORING.... the seller felt the same, get to the point and insult me already instead of the big setup!
Of course the agent really low balled the offer and insisted the house was over priced and the house was great and beautiful, gorgeous but the neighborâ€™s lawn is not cut so the neighborhood is shot to hell and there is a main road that backs to your house behind the stockade fence and so on...
Needless to say the seller rejected the offer and the agent came back another time to present another offer only slightly higher insisting her comps and better then the ones I showed her. The seller was not moved and asked not talk to her anymore. The agent came back again, slightly higher but still way low and stomping her feet and demanding this and that. I presented the offer over the phone and the seller said emphatically NO!!!!
Bottom line, even a good agent needs some ammunition to work with when presenting offers or negotiating otherwise itâ€™s like coming to a gun fight with no bullets.
I don't think you should have anything to worry about unless there is a multiple offer situation on the table, and then you need someone with mad skills. NOTE: I've met brokers and long time agents who were terrible at negotiating and presenting offers. Some agents, scratch that many agents don't even present their own offers, they somehow picked up a bad habit of Faxing them and letting the listing agent present them.
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All of us were new at some time, and we all had a first sale. I personally had a mentor in my office that helped me through the rough patches to make sure I always represented my clients best interests.
Give the Realtor a chance to provide you with some feedback on your doubts.
Do not try to use a variety of agents, keeping it a the secret from them. Use one agent, always your choice. Agents who are well trained and have experience in business and/or are intelligent will out perform old timers every time. Real estate is a profession of "keep doing whatever works". Many ask themselves, "what can I do different from before and be better." That is who you want to represent you.
On the offer, it is mostly about the money. But If you have a great credit score, reveal that to the seller thru your agent. The closing date might be the key to acceptance, if so emphasize it thru your agent. But stick with the agent who works and found the house and showed to you 3 times, if that is true.
For starters, it's "your" money and it's "your" future, not the agents ... you don't want to be sitting in a house in 6 months thinking you didn't get the very best deal, for whatever reason.
Second, you've lost all confidence in this person ... and confidence is 95% of any real estate transaction - so move on.
Third, there is no contract -- she's got zip.
Fourth, this is all about "you" and your future and your feelings - not anyone else's ... find an agent you feel comfortable with and go from there ...
Fifth ... get her a $50 gift certificate at the Olive Garden and call it a day.
This is pretty simple. You agent is inexperienced. Her supervising broker is not. Simply speak to him or her and explain that you want a thoroughly experienced agent to represent your interests in the transaction. Leave the commission battle to the supervising broker. He will sort that out internally.
You are correct in being concerned about being represented by an inexperienced agent who is part-time. That is not a good formula for you. In fact, it is scary-bad.
Other buyers reading this should learn from your mistake. Always retain your own experienced buyer's agent before going out to look at homes. Do not put the cart before the horse. Your representation is probably the most important decision in moving forward on a purchase.
It unfortunately takes nothing to get a real estate license. And there are a lot of part timers in the field, which is a huge disservice to the buying and selling public. Always insist on a FULL-TIME agent before even discussing other qualifications. You cannot do this business correctly on a part-time basis. Period.
My recommendation is to voice your concerns to the agent and his/her manager if need be so that additional support can be added and ease you jitters. If you are not satisfied - and quickly - so that you don't lose the opportunity, then move on.
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Not that it's something you did in your question, but I find it funny that there are people who think THEY can do a great job negotiating their own deals and if they have a little problem they ask it here, but on the flip side, a new agent can't negotiate, when they have the whole office behind them.