It boils down to what one values most, a great fire department or a good fire prevention program.
Which do you place value in?
Citizens wandering into environments where they are at a disadvantage can result in consequences that were unexpected. Your agent can try to put humpty-dumpty back together or protect you from taking a tumble. Would you rather be repaired or spared?
If you are a serious buyer, you need to have your agent by your side.
However, if you are indecisive, testing the market, kicking tires, non-specific, looking for a deal, perhaps your agent has read the mail correctly and has given you the liberty to chase the bus. It is the buyer who has demonstrated they are ready, willing and able, that the buyer agents want to spend their time with. Have you decribed in concrete terms the 'deal' you willl actually buy?
It is a shame so many are eager to throw other agents under the bus without asking a single question. If you want to solo through open houses, and have the intent of using the services of your current agent, you should be carrying your agents card with your initials on the back. Hand them to the host of the Open House. This simple action keeps Humpty-Dumpty safe and sound.
No, there is not more pressure when two agents are there. It may be worth while to visit again the critieria you provided your agent. I am confident your agent has already presented you with homes that match your criteria and you have found them unstatisfactory. Open House homes would be on that list also. Your need to walk the streets visiting open houses that do not meet your criteria suggests either you have not been clear regarding your neeeds to your agent or you belieive your agent is hiding the good stuff from you. What would be the motive for that? There is none.
Where the rubber meets the road is HOMES ARE NOT SOLD VIA OPEN HOUSES! Yes, i know, even a blind pig finds an acorn accaisionally, that however does not equate to a good plan. If you are ready and able to buy, have your agent put together a show list and schedule all that is needed.
However, as you may have perceived, this action if followed by questions from your agent. These questions will bore down to reveal the intent and sincereity of your buying goal. Those buyers who are content to troll open houses, who have no time constraint, are nebulous regarding what they really want, do not require their agent to be present. Such buyers, whether they know it or not, are still in the information gathering stage. Open houses are suitible for that 'window shopping' purpose. When the window shopping is over, and you now know what you did not know before, and you clearly know what you WILL BUY, your agent will want to spend time by your side.
Why aren't open houses croweded anymore? All those potential buyers have decided to stay home and fix up their existing house. There are fewer buyers and fewer selleer than before and both know open houses are not effective ways to sell a home...UNLESS the hosting agent has abandoned the 1998 open house format. Now, that is a different story, and I'm not sure a unprepared buyer would find it suitable for their casual appraoch.
Best of Success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL