Make sure you meet the person who will be filling in before your agent leaves town. Discuss how that agent will be compensated. If they are working for "free" you usually get the equivalent of a "free" service.
How available to your needs vs. the "filling in" agent's own clients, can you expect? Often the money determines that. If the "filling in" agent is doing your agent a favor, that could be a problem, especially during this time of year. In October through March, that is not so much an issue as it is now.
Will the agent only be available if you find a house and call them? These are important questions to ask before your agent leaves town.
A good agent will always have a helpful back up agent for you. Everyone enjoys a good vacation, but as a business owner (i.e. REALTOR) one should always have someone just as wonderful as themselves to help their clients while they're away.
Just tell your agent and I'm sure they will leave you in good hands while they're gone. After all, moving is tough and it's our job to help make your life a whole lot easier!
I want to chime in here again. Stopping in at an open house you pass by should do no harm. But be careful calling the listing agent and requesting s/he shows you the property. This act may reduce your agent's ability to collect a full portion of their commission. I agree with Keith that Listing Agents should be doing whatever it takes to sell their clien'ts home. Especially something so simple as opening a door and escorting a potential buyer around the property. But the onset of discount brokerage services has put some full-service agents on the defensive. The result is a reduced commission if the (buyer's) agent is not present at the showing and other required visits to the property. So if you want be 'faithful' to your agent and help retain her full share of the commission then make sure she provides you a contact for just such situations. In a pinch you can always ask the listing agent if your agent will be monetarily penalized if she is not present at the showing appointment. At that point you've gone above and beyond in honoring your relationship with your agent.
First I would like to start of by commending you for being loyal to your agent. I have not seen anyone so far say that that is a good thing. Agents need vacations too. And I think it shows bad character if other agents try to get you away from your current agent. Now if you don't like that agent it is a different story. But you would not of asked how to stay faithful. So again I commend you for saying faithful I wish the rest of the people out there were like that.
Now to answer your question.
When we do a buyers appt with our buyers we will leave them with a stack of business cards. The reason we do that is because sometimes buyers are driving around and they see an open house that they are just driving buy and they don't feel the need to call their agent if they are sitting in front of the house. So you can give them a card if you are out looking on a weekend our your agent is out of town.
The agent should give you a contact person of who can show you properties while they are out of town. That is normally someone your agent trusts to take good care of you.
And lastly. Try calling the listing agent. Sometimes they have an open house. But if you call the listing agent and explain to them that you have an agent and your agent is out of town and you would like to look at the house. The listing agent should understand and the bottom line is the listing agent should let you into the house because they should be doing everything possible to sell their listing. And that means showing you the house then they should be doing that. Now they do not have to show you any other homes but they should show you the listing they have. That is a sign of a good agent. But just be up front with them and let them know you have an agent and when you go look at the property give them your agents card.
I hope that helps. Good luck in your home search.
I always have a back up plan in place with agents who can show houses for me if I have to leave town. This is at my expense and not my client's expense and worked out between myself and that agent so that it is no detriment to my clients and their house viewing schedule or their pocketbooks.
Just aks her who will be showing you the houses while she is out of town. Good luck!
If really IS in your best interest to work with a buyer agent..they will protect you in the transaction.
We all need good clients like you. Good look on your home search.
Deal with it directly....tell her it is important for you to continue looking in her absence. Ask her to refer a colleague that could possibly support your interests.
With this approach she may be able to work out a referral with another agent and share the commission, should you be lucky enough to find a home.
It is unreasonable, that she expects you to sit on the sideline while she is out here playing... You need to set her streight.
The "Eckler Team"
If so, your agent should have an associate ready to work with you and make you a top priority. If not, your agent may have an associate on "standby" to field your calls & send you listings, & show you homes.
Ask her what you should do to keep seeing homes while she is gone! If she is as loyal to you, as you are to her, she will have made arrangements.
EXIT Realtys are great because most agents have a sponsor nearby, who is happy to take over for their sponsoree. The sponsor has a direct vested interest in the sponsoree's success, so they have a similar priority.
You are a good person. My best wishes to you! Linda
I also commend you on your loyalty to your agent, we all need vacations and are better at our jobs when we do take breaks. Most agents will explain who will be helping you when they tell you of their vacations plans and make arrangements with another agent who meets their professional criteria to cover for them while they are away. They may pay this agent a percentage of the transaction when you do purchase or pay them an hourly fee or just trade services. I, personally, think this is up to the agent(s) involved. The caliber of service should not be reduced whichever method they have selected. I'm sure that they have an ongoing relationship with an agent in their office to do this. If you have concerns, please ask them what their procedures are while they are away.
In my opinion, viewing homes is not considered "cheating", but that depends on your "arrangement".
In the future, I would not recommend sleeping with your agent.
It tends to confuse things.