I really want to purchase a house, but don't want the hassle of working with an agent who doesn't know his business. Can I switch agents?

Asked by Tom Higgins, Spring House, PA Mon Jan 30, 2012

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Tom Higgins, Agent, Spring House, PA
Wed Feb 1, 2012
Thank you all for your answers. It was a training exercise in my office and I was demonstrating just how the online world is working and how the consumer is communicating with Agents today. I also know and have interacted with several of you in the past...all very ethical Agents.
Wishing you all a great 2012.
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Jackie Cunni…, Agent, Devon, PA
Mon Jan 30, 2012
The answer is yes, but it would be polite to explain to your agent why you no longer wish to work with them and give them an opportunity to respond, if you have signed a buyer agency agreement with them you need to give them a notice period which should have been discussed and agreed before signing. However, if you go on to purchase a property that this agent originally showed to you, then they are entitled to a commission payment.
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Carol Cei, Agent, Maple Glen, PA
Mon Jan 30, 2012
If a buyer has not signed an Exclusive Buyer Agency Contract, he/she has the opportunity to work with which ever agent he/she chooses. If the buyer determines that the agent is not knowledgeable or willing to give good service, there is no reason to stay with that agent.

There must be some hidden agenda here, for an agent to be posting this type of query.

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Renee Porsia, Agent, Newtown, PA
Mon Jan 30, 2012
Eric, I was going to say something similar to what you said but when I saw that it was an agent asking the question and then answering it, I was just completely confused. What also came to mind was, why would an agent ever tell anyone that it was unethical to switch agents. I wasn't aware that consumers could even violate our Code of Ethics in any way but I digress.. if an agent is not acting professional or doing the job for which they were hired to do, the consumer always has the right to fire that agent.

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R. Eric Axel…, Agent, Sewell, NJ
Mon Jan 30, 2012
Not only am I confused, but I disagree. If an agent is not knowledgable enough to do his or her fiduciary duties to their client, then the client can most certainly end that business relationship.
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Timothy Garr…, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Mon Jan 30, 2012
I'm confused as well.


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Renee Porsia, Agent, Newtown, PA
Mon Jan 30, 2012
Tom, I am confused. Why did you ask a question and then answer your own question?
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Tom Higgins, Agent, Spring House, PA
Mon Jan 30, 2012
No, it is not ethical to change from an Agent that you have a relationship with to someone else.
Web Reference:  http://tomhigginsre.com
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