If an out of area buyer contacts a listing agent for additional information can the buyer later use a buyer's agent to make an offer?

Asked by daryluc, Harvard, IL Sat Jan 19, 2013

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Suzanne Hami…, Agent, Orland Park, IL
Mon Jan 21, 2013
It has to do with procuring cause. If the listing agent showed you the property than they would have to grant you permission to use a buyer agent, and they may not.

If you just called to ask questions and they did not show you the home and you didn't give your name and phone number - no problem. If the listing agent has your name, could be an issue, but probably not as they never showed you the property.

It is better for you to be represented by your own agent. I would let your buyer agent know the detail of your contact with the listing agent and have them see if they believe they should contact the listing agent to discuss procuring cause.
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Laura Lanz, Agent, McHenry, IL
Sat Jan 19, 2013
Yes you can, but if you are already working with an agent...ask him/her to find out your questions for you! Then there is no confusion!!!
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Cathy Speach, Agent, Barrington, IL
Sat Jan 19, 2013
Sure! It depends on the level of contact. If the listing agent simply provides information about the listing, they are only providing general information. However, if the listing agent is the agent to actually show the property, and dual agency has been agreed upon, then the seller will have an obligation to that agent as a representative of the buyer as well.

However, should the client only obtain information from the listing agent, but have another Realtor show the property, that is perfectly fine.
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