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katt, Both Buyer and Seller in Massachusetts

When searching for a home can you work with different agents if looking in communities which are miles apart.?

Asked by katt, Massachusetts Sun Apr 15, 2012

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Hi Katt!

Great question!

You could do that if you have not signed an Exclusive Buyer Agent Agreement with one agent. And even if you DID, I would recommend that you have that agent refer you to an agent that specializes in the other areas.

Ideally, you will find an agent that covers a large area and can effectively assist you in multiple areas!

Best of luck with the home search!

1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 15, 2012
Thanks so much for the "Best Answer" vote, Katt! I wish you all the best!
Flag Sat Apr 21, 2012
How far are we talking here? 20 miles? 100 miles? If it's 20 I say stick with one agent. Good luck to you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 19, 2012
If you are talking a total 30 mile radius you should stick with one. If you are looking at condos in Boston and victorian homes in Northampton you should get two different ones.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 19, 2012
Absolutely just don't sign multiple contracts. You can also find a buyer's agent who can help you in multiple towns, that is quite common.

Good luck!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 17, 2012
Be careful what you sign.
Each time you meet with an agent for the first time you should be shown a Disclosure Form".
If they don't provide one, they can be fined.

That "Disclosure Form" is not an agreement to work with that agent/broker.
It is only to help you understand what your options are.

You can sign many diffferent "Exclusive Buyer Agreements" which is a different form altogether.
It is an agreement that you owe them a commission when you buy a house under the conditins that the agreement lays out.
However unless they have specific limiting language about when and where you owe a commission to whom, you could be on the hook for more than one commission when you buy.

I am not a lawyer so none of this is legal advice, but you could have an agreement with a different agent for each town(s) that limits their compensation to properties in a specified town(s).
Then you can have a rep in each town without conflict.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 17, 2012
Yes you can.! Just place the specific towns in the designated area on the buyer’s agent agreement. Then the local agent will focus on their towns you want them to explore for you. Please communicate this strategy with each of the agents you choose so they understand your approach from the beginning.

I specialize in Medfield, Westwood, Dover, Needham, Walpole, Norfolk, Millis and Medway. Please call me if I may help you.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 15, 2012
Miles? How many? Our market consists of 800 sq. miles business is often referred, to other Realtors®. You are free to work with anyone as long as you have not signed an exclusive buyer’s agency agreement. If it’s still in the same area 10 miles then you need to be loyal to your Realtor® if they show knowledge of the area and are doing a good job. What follows are guidelines for choosing a good Realtor®: Picking a Realtor®; you should interview several Realtors® before making a decision. Do not solely rely on a referral! Do the work yourself and interview several. Here’s a short check list of questions to ask & things to consider:
1) The paperwork involved in this process is extremely complicated, having stated this It is important that a Realtor be “practiced at our trade” pick a Realtor® which has completed 15+ transactions the previous year
2) Interview 3-5 full time Realtors® (very few part-time agents have the same skills as a person who works Real Estate on a full time basis)
3) Do a basic back ground check on your Realtor® use a site like PIPL or just goggle their name, this usually turns up items such as lawsuits, bankruptcies or other items which you feel might interfere or conflict with a Realtor® representing your best interest. Ps: this does not work for a John Smith
4) Once you have interviewed your potential Realtors® and if you are still unsure and want a “trail run” sign an exclusive buyers agency for 48 hours with the Realtor® and explain if all goes well in the beginning then you will be willing to commit for 1- 3 months.
5) Work with a Realtor® which is local to your area. Meaning a 10-20 mile radius, they will know the schools, shopping and the growth potential of the area without having to go look it up!

Before you even start this process consider purchasing the book by Dave Ramsey “The Total Money Makeover” this will provide valuable information in regard to having a successful financial life & make a prudent home purchase!

That’s your list! Good Luck!
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