This will serve several purposes (beside the fact you get into the property). The listing agent now might not be the lsiting agent on another property and may be a good agent. Take the time to interview them while you are on the spot.
It might be adviseable to interview another agent while you are down there. Ask a few friends for referrals and setup a short meet and greet over coffee with them and listen to what the have to say.
Just a thought.
I'll be completely honest with you. Agents will commit to you after just a couple of things:
1. You commit to them by completing the buyer broker agreement
2. You are pre-approved
3. You are ready, willing and able to buy.
Now for me personally, if I have those things in place you could be 6 mos away from buying but I remain committed to your success and develop the plan based on what we find during your consultation.
I'll admit that I wouldn't not start by showing homes on the first trip rather I'd have you identify neighborhoods. You have to like the area you'll want to live etc.
So for this trip if you wish to remain "on your own" there is no reason you should not be able to "view" some homes by making those calls. Note, that agents will ask questions to "qualify" you. The role of the listing agent is to show the home and bring a "ready, willing, and able" buyer so some may verify this with you prior to showing.
Truth is you'll want the area prior to the home, you'll want the affordability prior to the home, then you'll want the best deal on that home. So identify neighborhood, price point (approval with lender) and then homes. I would take this trip in the next couple weeks to just drive areas and make note of neighborhoods. When you see an open house go on in. If an agent is able to show you quickly when you call on the sign, go on and do it. These are begining stages and you have to do what is comfortable to you.
My website for property search via map is http://www.DesertRidgeLifestyle.com so you can see homes that are available by neighborhood to "preview" where you may want to drive around when you are hear.
All my best
There is NO ethics problem with you representing you on your own asking listing agents to show you their homes for sale what so ever.
As long as they are all my listings then it's ok. :-)
Anyway, If you "normally" worked with a buyers agent then why not do that again? I'm sure you already understand the benefits and I can tell you dual agency right now is not the best situation to be in especially if you are purchasing a bank owned home.
So anyway, the choice is entirely up to you.
All The Best,
Signature Realty Group
2008-2009 Master Of Real Estate award
ABR, GRI, CNE, AHWD, Epro, MRE
So you have time to run all over doing the search yourself? Sounds like you have the time to find an agent that will be interested in helping you - after all we aren't that difficult to locate - ha ha! I would suggest doing a little upfront work that will end up saving you lots of time. Especially if you are an out of state buyer. Make your buyers agent do the work BEFORE you arrive by seraching for homes that fit your criteria. Get their feedback on area and advantages. Then when you get to town you only have a few homes to look see. Plus it will make it easier to finish all the paperwork and the back and forth work to finish the deal. It will pay to have an agent on your side.
Big Land & Homes
with the limited time you have to review, you might look at having the buyers agent preview the listings for you using video tours and uploading them to you tube as "S2NAZ".
This is what I do for most of my out of state or out of country buyers.
This saves an enormous amount of time.
- I am NOT considering making any offer without a buyers agent representing me
- I am coming to Scottsdale in less than two weeks and will have maybe 1/2 day to look around.
- I am just researching the possiblity or purchasing and it will depend on many factors, such as market trends, ROI, rental rates, vacancy rates, etc.
All I wanted to do now was pick up the bits of info you can't really get on the internet. I would not feel right getting a buyer's agent involved at this early stage and wanted to know if listing agents would either be put off by the prospect or could not do it for ethical reasons.
Active real estate agents are working 8 to 14 hours per day 6 days a week right now because are market is experiencing a market shift. Our pending sales on the MLS at the time this posting was made is over 10,600 and this is DOUBLE if not nearing TRIPLE the amount of homes that we normally see. Our inventory has dropped to around 48,000 homes for sale.
I have to be dedicated to my clients who are dedicated to me right now and take care of their needs. I believe most agents and REALTORS will feel that their clients come first. If you are just "looking around" unless you get a really desperate agent who has nothing to do in this VERY BUSY market, it will be hard to get into see the home.
As John said below, you really may want to consider retaining a BUYER'S AGENT to represent you incase you do find a home that you like that will represent your best interests. John is located in Scottsdale, why don't you give him a call.
There is not an ethics problem with listing agents showing you homes, but you could be facing a procuring cause issue and a dual agency issue. You are contact the seller's representative. This could be compared to being sued in a court of law and asking the prosecuting attorney to represent you. In other words you give all of your NEGOTIATION POWER to the SELLER - not a good idea. The listing agents are probably very busy too.
My recommendation - hire a buyer's representative - give John or anyone else in the area you are considering looking a call.
I hope this helps.
You can drive neighborhoods and call the listing agents and make appointments to see. Let them know you are working on your own so you do not have access to the home without them. They will make an appointment to let you see. They should not have a problem with this as the main goal is to get the property sold for the seller. The challenge could be in setting up the homes so you could see them in a timely manor. You would serve yourself better to interview a couple buyers agents who will make all the calls keep your time frame to view properties down to 3 hours or less and navigate the bank owned and short sale homes that dominate our market. You will spend more time without your own representation.
Typically a good buyers agent will interview with you, identify your goals, get you pre-approved with a lender so you know your price point and ability to buy then they will have you target your neighborhoods and from that point bring you to property to view and eventually buy the one you seek!
The good agents, listing and buyer, will be identified if they make sure they qualify you first. Those that don't want to take the time are willing to waste your time and theirs and usually speaks to their experience.
Let me know if I can provide the top 19 tips to ask your Realtor.