If you would have just clarified that your agent not only serves buyers, he also servers his investors in helping them rent out the properties the investors bought, negotiate lease terms and option to buy deals and perhaps other services he might provide, I would not have made that incorrect assumption.
Seems to me that not only does he help one investor to rent one property, he handles quite a few rental properties, at least from his Craigslist. I guess my worry of his trying to sell those properties to buyers is not sound then.
Not saying that your agent is not doing a great job, but a little clarification upfront helps a lot.
As for me, I don't claim that I am a PURE Buyer Agent, but I do claim that when I work for my buyer, I am 100% my buyer's agent and I work with their goals, whether it's home or for investment or getting a house with option to buy.
I also help them rent out the property if needed. However, when it goes to property management, I turn that over to property management company. .
I stand corrected, as usual.
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I would be worried that the agent might be too busy handling rentals and persuading you to do an Option to Buy (which, by the way, is not the best way to purchase a property) instead of working on 100% Buyer representation. I am sure none of those would be Mr. Russo's property.
Jan - Your best bet is to get referrals from your friends / colleagues; interview them and decide one to work with. They will be able to schedule showings for you and bring you to not only this specific house and any others that might fit your criteria.
Try it, it's a Realtors Job to help you find the best property for you.
If Trulia shows a property as 'For Sale' we will display a link to the agent or broker's website on our property detail page. If you click on the link to see more photos you'll go to that site as well and you should be able to find contact information for the Realtor there.
If you don't find this information on the listing then we must not currently show that home as 'For Sale' on our site in which case you'll probably want to follow Cindy's advice.
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