Can we have two agents searching non overlapping areas??

Asked by Kent, Washington County, OR Tue Aug 19, 2008

We have a real estate agent in Washington County that we signed a 6 mo. contract with, but we haven't been very pleased with. We are now expanding our search to another county, unknown to our agent. Can we have two agents searching non overlapping areas??

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ian cockburn, Agent, New Orleans, LA
Wed Aug 20, 2008
If you are not pleased with the agent, why work with them? It behooves you to pay those that work with you and for you...for the troubles don't get any better when you finally find a home
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Jonathan Dal…, Agent, Glendale, AZ
Wed Aug 20, 2008
It's going to depend on the wording of the agreement ... if there were geographic constraints stating the agreement was for only one county, then there shouldn't be an issue. If not, then you could end up owing the original agent a commission should you purchase.

Better to be up front with both and to discuss the situation with the first, how your expectations apparently are not being matched by your agent's work.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Tue Aug 19, 2008
yes and no, the easiest way is in writing to request a release from the first agent. the gray area is in the property description if you filled in only 1 county , whioch towns, and a property description. if it is vague or not filled in they may have some recourse if you buy something without them and try to collect a commission. good luck but try the release first
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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Tue Aug 19, 2008
I find nothing wrong with working w/ 2 different agents working 2 different areas, but I think you need to be up front with both.

You indicated that you signed an agreement with one. Does that agreement specify an area? If it does not, you may need to clarify, amend, and address this with that agent.

You mentioned that you are not pleased w/ this agent. You deserve to have good representation in both areas you are searching in order to help you make the best decisions. Sometimes communication can be valuable provide better results for you. I suggest you have a candid discussion with your Realtor about your expectations that are not being met. If your agent believes he/she cannot live up to the expectations, you might find a mutual agreement to part company and a release may be signed. If your agent believes he/she can better meet your objectives, the candid discussion may be your turning point for better results.

My first suggestion is a candid discussion with a clear definition of your needs and expectations. Next, if the relationship falls short, request a release from the agreement. If the inability to service you is a factor, a release request is reasonable.

If the geographies warrant different agents, work with two, but let each know that you are doing do. If one agent can service you properly, formulate a winning relationship w/ one and move forward.

Don’t be reluctant to say, ‘This is not working well for me. This is what I need……”

Good luck
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