Many of the homes I have seen in Kentwood are listed, Seller is Agent. So is that something I should avoid like the plague? Does it really matter?

Asked by Tony, Kentwood, MI Thu Apr 4, 2013

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Elvin Carroll, Agent, Grand Rapids, MI
Thu Apr 4, 2013
Hi Tony,

There are a couple of situations where you may see that the Realtor is the seller. Neither one is reason to avoid those homes if you are interested in viewing or potentially purchasing them. First, by law Realtors have to disclose to others whether they are the buyer or seller of a home that's listed for sale. So if you see that a Realtor is the seller just know that the Realtor is following the law by disclosing that they are the owners of the property. Second, sometimes Realtors are listed as "Agent for owner". If you see that, then it means the the real owners just did not want their name(s) listed on the MLS or internet. In that case the Realtor is not the owner, they are just listed that way to keep the name of the seller off the internet.

I hope this response answered your question Tony. But feel free to contact me if I was not clear in explaining what I wrote, or if you or anyone you know need help buying or selling real estate. I help people buy and sell residential real estate in all economic trends and fluctuating markets.
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Joseph Reed, Agent, Grandville, MI
Wed Aug 21, 2013
Like stated previously a lot of times when you see agent for owner it's merely to protect the identity of the actual seller of the property this is a normal thing and nothing to be concerned about in the process. Feel free to contact if you have any further questions at and best of luck in your home hunting experience
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Brek Schutten, Agent, Grand Rapids, MI
Thu Apr 4, 2013
There is nothing to worry about with the listing agent being the owner as long as you are represented by your own buyers agent. A buyers agent will work to represent you first and foremost. If you are not currently represented by an agent I would live to help.
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