In short, I would call the agent, tell them you'l like to see the said property. If they ask if you are working with an agent let them no you are not. At the showing do not give out any information you wouldn't want the seller to know. If you decide the house is not for you...you might talk to the agent about their being your Exclusive Buyers Agent. Remembering to ask, how they handle intermediary situations.
Hope you were able to see the home you wrote about. I was hoping to get feedback on whether you contacted a REALTOR and how that worked for you.
The reason for my inquiry is that it struck me how an agent could not only open this home for you - but point you in the direction of other similar properties. If so - did the agent do it without requiring a "buyers" contract? Please advise - you're sort of a test study!
Certified Buyer Representative
Century 21 Princeton Properties
There are not any legal ramifications about getting a realtor to show you a home.
Once you have a few homes you want to view, it is actually easier for you, to have me make all the phones calls and book the appointments. I also pick up the keys and return them. Sometimes the home has restrictive showing instructions for an example, 24 hr notice.
If there were 5 homes you wanted to see on your own you would have to call 5 real estate offices and be met by five different real estate agents, it can get confusing for you and time consuming. Than what if the home is empty with a lock box code. You be build a trusting relationship with an agent and enjoy the buying process.
Charles Rutenberg Realy
My name is Joe Sinnona and i can represent you as a buyers broker or if you want i can represent the seller as a sellers agent. I would be more than happy to work with you on this home and any others. For a complete line of listings...visit my webpage: TheJoeSinnonaGroup.com or call me at my office 516.897.2700
Sounds like you are just starting out. Wherever you happened upon the house you want to see I'm sure it gave you the listing agent or firm as a contact (unless it's a For Sale By Owner). If you contact the agent with the listing - they would be representing the Seller.
This would be a great opportunity for you to contact another local firm and have an agent you might consider representing you, show you the property. Should you decide to purchase this property you may owe a commission to the agent that shows it to you. Ask the agent to explain your options and responsabilites before showing you the property. Representation (Agency) can differ from state to state. If an agent can't explain your options, I'd look for another.
In most cases the first property you see is not the property you will end up purchasing.
Best of luck to you.
this practice is NOT common in NY fo rseveral reasons. nevertheless, You can go see that house with agent "A" - however, if you ever go back to that house to make an offer, you should not go back with agent "B"... as agent "A" showed you the home first and does have rights, but NONE that can harm you - only the 2nd agent.
So to be fair, most people in NYC work with a few agents, until they find one they like. Or they go to Open Houses without an agent and just ask questions of the listing agent.
I actually think I may know you matthew, so we can talk more this weekend.
Long staory short, you have nothing to worry about unless you sign a "buyer's agency" form - please note that in NYS we require an agency disclosure to be shown, do not confuse the disclosure with an agency agreement. The disclosure just states that you are aware whether the agent you are dealing with is representing the seller or you.
you can see the form and laws at the link below.
The Board need to know about agents that are not willing to cooperate. I also agree with the fact that if it is a listing agent, they ARE working for the best interest of the "seller". Even if they tell you otherwise!
Contacting a realtor to see a house is not going to land you in legal trouble. But keep this in mind. The realtor whose name appears on the sign, aka. the listing agent, is working on behalf of, and for the best interests of the the home seller. You'd rather have some working in your best interests when it comes t o buying a home. Therefore, we'd encourage you to cantact an agent you trust and ask them to show you the house. If after you've met and feel you have a rapport with the agent you may ask that agent to represent you.
I suggest that you find someone to work with. It's sort of like dating. You'll be working closely with this person for at least two months. So be sure you like the person. Finding an agent before you start looking will also allow them to prepare you for what's to come, especially if it's your first purchase.
One of my more recent clients asked me some great questions before they committed to working with me. I believe he got the questions from a book sold by the National Association of Realtors. I put a link below for you to get ideas of what you could ask.