Realtors ask if you already have a Realtor, because if you do, then your Realtor should be making the appointment for you... it's part of their job, and they want to do it.
We, as listing agents, don't want to step on the toes of an existing relationship that you have with your Realtor, if you already have one. If you tell us that you don't have one, then we see that as an opportunity to create our own relationship with you, and perhaps become your Realtor.
And no, it's not easier to see a home with the listing agent, in fact it can create some complications that you might want to avoid... situations that have been discussed all over Trulia and other websites, such as procuring cause problems, and dual agency situations. Do yourself a favour and search those terms, and learn about them.
Open houses are "neutral territory", and buyers are welcome with or without their Realtor... (although we'll likely still ask if you're working with a Realtor)...
Good luck and enjoy your search.
I'd be very hesitant to represent myself this way, as I am not an inspector, and am not qualified, nor insured, to assure my client that they're purchasing a home in good working order. That's the job of the professional inspector that I highly recommend they hire for any potential purchase.
if their website, sign, postcard, or any other marketing material leads you to call them directly without your buyer broker then they are entitled to the entire commission.
procuring cause is much more than just "who found, or showed them the home first"... just because the website, sign or postcard first attracted them, does not (in and of itself) entitle one to the entire commission. Procuring cause is an "unbroken chain of events leading to the eventual sale of a property". That bespeaks more than mere marketing... that presumes an ongoing relationship, that may involve: home search, writing a contract, negotiation, inspection, interaction with attorneys & lenders... and plenty more.
A seller's agent is working for the seller and trying to get them the best price. Their main interest is to get the best deal for their seller.
I hope this helps!
You know, I think that it's as easy for one to show as it is the other one, especially since we don't know how difficult it is for either one to get over to the house at a particular time.
So, generally speaking, I don't see any specific energy savings in having the Seller's agent show you the home, rather than your own agent.
1. Your buyer broker should view all homes with you to ensure the home is in good working order and that you are getting a good home.
2. Real estate is considered a business of procurring cause and that means that if their website, sign, postcard, or any other marketing material leads you to call them directly without your buyer broker then they are entitled to the entire commission.
3. The largest concern for you is if you sign a buyers agent contract and call the listing agent directly then you might find yourself in a situation where you might have two commissions to pay. You will have the listing agents and then have to pay your buyer broker out of your pocket.
Best of luck
Before the buyers agent shows homes the agent has information about the buyer . You do not want to give the seller's agent information that can hurt your negotiations. I am curious as to what you expect your agent to do for you . The most time consuming part of a buyer's agent's job is showing homes.
Agency contract and procuring cause are some of the things to be considered and you need to talk to an attorney about these things.
If you have a contract with an agent , another agent cannot interfere with the relationship and that is why they ask you if you are working with an agent.
If you sign an Exclusive Right for Representation, then you are bound to stay with the agent you are currently working with. No other agent can represent you. When times are slow (as they have been in the last year) agents are trying to hold on to their buyer.
Open Houses are shown thru the Listing Agent - he/she represents the Seller - if you walk into the property without you agent, the listing agent shows you the property and is working forthe full commission. If you do not tell them you are working with an agent, do not expect your agent (who did not accompany you) to put in the offer (the only change to this is if you realtor contacts the selling agent and tells them that you are coming without them).
A buyer working with an agent should not contact the selling agent for a viewing. Your agent is not considered the contributing factor to the sal. It's like you (selling agent) doing all the work and someone else getting paid for it.
More importantly, if your buyer agent has seen the home, or seen other homes that you're looking at, he can't help you very much with pricing, comparables, and developing options for finding you that right house. I would ask your question a different way: If you aren't seeing houses with your broker, why bother having one?
Here's another way to look at it. You pull in to get gas at a station that offer full serve, and self serve. The prices are more expensive at full serve. That's because the gas stations costs are higher to offer the service. Would you go to the self serve island and honk the horn until someone came out, pumped your gas, and then expected to pay self-serve rates? No, I don't think you would. And we're talking about $3.00 a tank here. A buyer agent is paid thousands in gross commissions, so they can get off the couch and show you the house.