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It is generally more wise to use your own buyer's agent to represent you through the home buying process. It sounds like the realtor at the open house just wants to get double commission.
The listing agent for the property is first working the seller, so he/she may not always have your best interest in mind.
It is important to use a good buyer's agent for many reasons. Your agent will guide you through the negotiation and often renegotiation process, make sure that you have the proper contingencies in place to protect your deposit, help you through the home inspection, and answer any other questions you might have throughout the escrow process.
Feel free to contact me directly at (310) 717-1321 or JamieTian@RodeoRE.com with any other questions/concerns. I would be happy to represent you and guide you through the home buying process.
Best of luck!
Ron Schwolsky, LEED AP, BPI
Wish / Sotheby's Int'l Realty
dre # 01254537 cslb # 920463
If not, how can you trust them to represent you as a buyer's agent?!
1. Contact a Realtor that specializes in Westchester.
2. Done! The Realtor will take care that your rights are protected and get you the best deal possible.
I live on the Westside, and I specialize in the area. Check my Westchester site at http://douglaslagos.com/westchester-ca/
While legal in CA, and as a general rule, Buyers should avoid Dual Agency!
There are specific duties an Agent must provide. When one individual represents both Buyer and Seller conflict between two of the most important duties occur.
â€œDual Agency: Why should I NOT use the listing Agent to buy a house?â€
With your own agent, you'll have aggressive representation for all of your transaction... that includes the negotiation... the inspection... and all the way through escrow and closing. Any money you "might" save from the "discount" will be far outweighed by a good buyer's agent.
Get yourself a buyer's agent that you feel comfortable with. You want someone who is going to have YOUR best interests in mind - not those of the seller.
The listing agent represents the seller and not you visiting the open house. If he is telling you this he maybe telling other prospective buyers coming to the open house the same thing. I would suggest getting a buyer's agent to represent you for this or any house.
Gail Mercedes Cole
What kind of discount can he give you if he represents the owners who he has promised to represent? Will you get a lower price? How in the world can he do that without getting in big trouble with the owners? I would walk away from this one and hire a good "Buyers Agent" to help you and represent your interests.
On the one hand, everybody is correct. He won't be YOUR agent, he'll represent The Deal. Which isn't the worst thing in the world, but still.
On another hand, if you go out and get an agent for this transaction, they also kinda have no other incentive besides putting this deal together. Yeah, maybe you'll stick with them if this deal falls apart, but maybe not - so their incentive is to see you agree with the seller so that they can get paid.
The best use of a buyer's agent is early on, so that you can look at homes together and benefit from their knowledge and wisdom.
All the best,
I will be happy to assist you