The best thing a person can do is interview the agent in advance, and ask pressing questions about how they would handle such situations, and what you would expect. Remember that realtors are simply human beings - - - there are good ones and bad ones!
Let's put the story aside. The real question is: How do you know if your agent is truly representing you? The answer is, you don't - but that's not a reason to panic.
Negotiation is an art form, not a science. If you attempt to apply game theory to most real estate negotiations, you'll quickly find that the noise from trying to quantify the assumptions will drive you crazy.
We know that there are really only a few possible answers to an offer or counter-offer:
1. We accept.
2. We change.
3. We reject or ignore.
Part of the negotiating process is to know what your goal is and to have some strategy of how to get there. I may be asking 300 for my property, and my goal is to sell it for at least 275, but if you offer 220 I may not come back at 275, right? The strategy is to keep you in the negotiation with the objective of pulling you up.
Then, again, I might come back at 275, but with the warning that I'm not moving from there. Take it or leave it.
My telling you that I'm still willing to talk isn't "showing my hand" as much as it is telling you that, simply, I'm willing to talk, but your number is still too low.
Now, if I have an agent communicating this on my behalf, they are totally doing their job, even though it may look to you as if they're selling me out.
And that's the thing that isn't always apparent - whether the agent is, in fact, speaking for themselves, or for the clients.
That's my take.
problem solved. keep your cards close to your chest.
A "Buyers Agency Agreement" is legal and binding on the Realtor to represent the best interests of the Buyer.
Buyers and Sellers agents are legally bound not to provide information that may harm their Fiduciary. You should have a Buyers agency agreement and tell you agent that you expect them to abide by it. In my opinion.
I hate seeing these comments and would never use them without a sellers consent, "Bring all offers, Seller motivated" or "Divorce, bring all offers" isn't any seller with a sign in front of their home motivated? All phrases like this do is encourage low ball offers.
Mum is the word unless you have something in writing that authorizes it!
You should always interview a realtor and find someone with experience and a good success rate. More than likely, a successful agent got there by doing the right thing and making the client happy.
However we do have clients as a buyers agent who want to low ball offers by at least 50% of list price NOT ON A FORECLOSURE, a seller properties NOT A SHORT SALE, it at times can tarnish a realtor repetition in the trade not be taken serious at anytime submitting an offer.
With these clients "low ballers" we just decline service of representing them . I am not only a realtor but a real estate investor there is what considered reasonable offers submit.