Im working with agent saw a home got excited called listing agent to show house w/o informing my agent. What should I do now? Canx the showing?

Asked by Tazmore, Houston, TX Sun Jun 19, 2011

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Lisa Anderson, Agent, West Hollywood, CA
Mon Jun 20, 2011
Simple! Just call your agent and say exactly what you've stated here. The listing agent would prefer to know if you are already working with an agent, before he/she invests any time. Likewise, your agent would like to know that you were that excited about that home!

Your agent will surely be glad to accompany you or reschedule the appointment. Call your agent first, and let your agent worry about scheduling the showing with the listing agent. Good luck on getting that home!
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Eric J Soder…, , Pleasanton, CA
Sun Jun 19, 2011
Just call your agent and see if he can go with you. If not, have him reschedule. No biggie.

Eric Soderlund
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sun Jun 19, 2011

Unless you have an excluse agreement with your agent, you can view property with whom ever you wish. But many agents are very territorial and would view this as a "loyalty" issue and feel threatened.

Call the listing agent and explain that you are working with an agent but still have interest in and want to see this home. CANCELL! Then have your agent schedule a showing time.

If you purchase the property...everybody is happy. Each agent gets a fee for professional services and you get the home of your choice.

There is no "code of ethics" for buyers as there is for agents but your value system is alerting you that this is not right....good for you!

Eventhough you have done nothing can still do what's right and have no guilty conscience.

Good luck,

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Lance King, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Aug 24, 2011

Although you're probably better served by having your agent handle these things for you, there's nothing wrong with you contacting the agent to see the property. Tell your agent and hopefully he/she can join.

If you aren't happy with your current agent you can always change, but I strongly advise you not to use the listing agent of any property to represent you as well. Although it is legal - It's called dual representation - you want someone fighting for your interests and yours alone.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Wed Aug 24, 2011
Dear Tazmore,
Call your buyer agent and explain the situation. Have your buyer agent contact the listing agent and inform them that you are being represented and proceed together to the viewing. This would be the right thing to do (contract or not), since your agent has been faithful and tried to assist you in this purchase. It's only fair that they should be paid for their time.
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Maggie Quinn, , Jackson Township, NJ
Wed Jun 29, 2011
If you're not under contract with the agent you've been working with then you can do 1 of 2 things.

#1. You can go with the "listing" agent to see the house
#2. You can call the agent you've been working with and see the house (your agent will take care of informing the listing agent of your relationship)

It's that simple
Good Luck

Maggie Quinn
Crossroads Realty
Jackson/Millstone Office
Cell 732-299-1502
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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Mon Jun 20, 2011
As a common courtesy you should consider allowing your agent the opportunity to interface with listing agents on your behalf. Especially if they have invested some time in effort in trying to assist you. I know I certainly appreciate it.
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Elizabeth Sa…, , Fort Collins, CO
Mon Jun 20, 2011
Always go through your agent and ask him/her how to handle situations like this in the future. Inform the listing agent that you are working with an agent. Good luck with the purchase.
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Lance King, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Sun Jun 19, 2011
Their is no required protocol here, but if you are working with someone you should tell the listing agent and have your agent accompany you.
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Shel-lee Dav…, Agent, Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Sun Jun 19, 2011
Bill is spot on in his response. As a listing agent, I am always impressed when a buyer is honest with me and lets me know they are working with another agent. If you were my buyer, I would want you to do the same. Most listing agents honor the buyer / buyer's agent relationship. They would rather know now, before they take the time and make the effort to show you the property (thinking you might work with them if this property does not work out), rather than after they spend time with you. It is obvious that you know this instinctively, or you would not be asking the question.

At this time, just let your agent know what you did. They will most probably be willing to contact the listing agent on your behalf. They will also be very impressed with your honesty. Good luck in finding the house you really like. Dare to Dream.

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Phil Rotondo, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Sun Jun 19, 2011
Advise the listing agent that you are going to reschedule the appointment with your agent; and try and not get excited too much.
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allan erps,A…, Agent, Pearl River, NY
Sun Jun 19, 2011
Well said Bill! Keep in mind the Listing Agents "loyalty" at this point is to the Seller not you! Common sense says to cancel and let your Buyers Agent negotiate for you "if" interested.
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