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Should I talk to a new real estate agent?

Asked by Sally, Saint Louis County, MO Tue Dec 28, 2010

In 2009, I purchased a new home, working with a wonderful agent. Shortly after, she showed me an adjacent lot that I was considering. We discussed negotiating strategy etc but, I ultimately decided to not make an offer. I am again considering making an offer and would lover to work with my prior agent. The problem is that she is now the listing agent for the other property. Do I have any ethical or legal binding to her since she originally showed me the property? This is been about a year and a half. Would I be a significant disadvantage if I do make an offer with her? She already knows what I think the property is worth, and how much I can pay. I would appreciate any advice.

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Sal needs to share his secrets with us - all he says is...." I agree with Lynn".....and voila - he gets 5 thumbs up for that informative response! Pretty amazing...........

Ok Lynn, I agree with you..............................I really, really agree with you (maybe that's worth and extra TU !!)
4 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 3, 2011
Remember that the listing agent works for the seller.
Speak to someone who works for a different firm and knows your local laws for advice.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 6, 2011
I do mean well. And the funny part is yes, I know in great detail what it reads and how scary it reads on paper what the fine points are of fiduciary responsibility is and means.

When read by the average consumer it reads pretty horrible and makes the whole process seem as if a seller and the agent representing them are out to do nothing but hide everything from a potential buyer.. That these responsibilities create a major cover up for a seller on every transaction single out and if anyone speaks about anything.. the Realtor will g to prison.

I have argued with many, many agents that call themselves “exclusive buyer agents” That supposedly only work with buyers to avoid the big bad dual agency, to have a voice, to be represented only and exclusively for them. What these agents do is use this to “bait on a hook” to bring in buyers in to them so they can sell them a house based on the fears and use the written rules of agency to scare them out of their minds.
These agents use this to scare buyers into thinking they will be able to represent them better. When in fact there is absolutely nothing that this so called buyers agent can do differently than the listing agent. Nothing.

The REALITY is, 99.000% of home sellers will probably disclose more to a buyer then the average home inspector will find during a home inspection. 99.999% of home sellers will tell the agent what is wrong with a house and willingly tell the listing agent to disclose what is wrong.. WHY? Because they want to sell their home and move!

So enough of this baloney. I know the rules of agency and I follow them as do 99.999% of the agents I have interacted with.. I explain dual agency to my clients and have not a single one of them has ever had an issue or a wrong thought or a bad thought.. nothing other then.. Great job John.. I am glad we got this transaction done! And you did it yourself!

"John is right, "there is no magic wand," however there is representation which, in my opinion, is always a better way to go."

Dual agency is representation for teh client..
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 29, 2010
Call her. There is absolutely not reason that the listing agent can not sell you the property. Dual agency is not the crazy hide everything from the buyer that we can about the house or land to sell it at any cost. Nope.

In todays world, if you are a normal person you need to do your due diligence anyway.. hire an inspector or someone to look at the lot.. You can of course ask if the tests were done and you are entitield to see them... there will probably be tests already done in order to present the property for sale.

I have never been told by any seller anything like " O.k.. listen, we have 15 large oil tanks under the house and we are telling you.. but you better not break your fiducuary responsibility and tell anyone about it!
Never.. never, ever heard anyone say anything other then.. I understand dual agency john.. and heck, we HOPE you sell it yourself!

And so what if she knows what you can pay.. the land is going to sell for what it is worth. period. I seriously doubt that the listing agent or the seller is going to make you pay more then you want pay anyway.

Call that agent and tell her you are interested... do your homework and be smart.

Rememeber, there is nothing that a buyers agent can do in this situatiuon to get that house any cheaper for you then any other agent. There is no magic wand that will enlighten a new agent to any of the things mentioned below.. nothing.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 28, 2010
I would agree with Lynn, You have a relationship and she knows a lot about you. It's only a lot so there isn't a lot that is not right there to see or find out. She can write and present an offer and the seller will sell or counter based on your offer. I hear people say things like the agent wants to get more money so they get more commission, but I can tell you it is not worth screwing up a deal or loosing two friendships over $50 - $200 buck more in commission by squeezing out a larger sales price. Don't tell her anything you don't want the seller to know, such as your max price or what you feel the lot is really worth. Just get her to write up an offer. She can say nice things about you to the seller and assure them you are a serious buyer so that can work in your favor.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 28, 2010
Let. Us. Beat. This. Horse. To. Death.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 6, 2011
Your transaction to buy the home you are in now, is the end of your obligation to this agent! As a buyer there is very little that binds you to any one agent, listing properties have signed agreements which bind agent and seller to a solid or at least a more solid deal and commitment! Go oh Sally shop around for an agent you feel comfortable with. By the way since the market hasn't improved, prices you thought were okay a year and a half ago, don't hold to today's prices, most likely they are even less than when you were thinking of buying back then!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 4, 2011
Sally sorry to hijack your thread but...............

Debbie I had a post last week where some posted James is right and their answer was selected best answer and no it was not a question that I asked.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 3, 2011
Sally - if you had a comfortable realtionship with that agent, by all means work with her.

As to whether she has any type of claim - ie - "procuring cause", well, that's not a concern of yours. That is something the agents would work out among themselves.

You have to do what works best for you, and makes you happy.
If you do elect to use a new agent, just make sure to let them know what has occurred in the past.

Dual agency is one subject that ignites a lot of controversy and heated discussions online.
You are from MO, and I have absolutely no idea how dual agency is handled in your state.
EVERY state handles it differently. Some states have alternate titles for agents working in that capacity . It is legal in some states - not so in other states.

For example, in NJ - any agent who shows a COMPANY listing is considered to be a dual agent. It doesn't have to be their own listing - theyare bound by dual agency restrictions and rules.
Thus, If I were working with a buyer, and that buyer didn't gvie me permission for work as a dual agent IF the opportunity arises (when showing any company listing) , I couldn't show them a whole lot of listings, as I work for a large company, and the chances are high that along the way we will be faced with seeing other company lisitngs.
All of this is explained in advance to any consumer when we give them a state issued "Consumer Information Statement".

Bottom line - find out what is legal in your state - decide what makes you most comfortable......and good luck with the purchase whatever you decide!

Happy 2011!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 1, 2011
" The truth is that the listing agent cannot show you comparable sales on the property in question unless they show that the property is worth what the seller is asking. She cannot suggest a price or give you any advice or give the seller advice without risking violating her agency agreement with both you and the seller. You are on your own as is the seller as far as representation is concerned under a dual agency situation"

Nope, you can absolutely do that CMA for the buyer in a dual agency situation.
It represents the facts of of the current market. Not hearsay.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 31, 2010
Dear Sally,

Brenda is correct if we are still talking about dual agency. And it is as a direct result of her answer that I am choosing to remove my answers from this thread.

Unfortunately, because of the length of some of our answers, I'm afraid that buyer agency and dual agency and sub agency have become quite convoluted. It is no longer clear as to what we are responding to. And at the risk of confusing you anymore than you already were, I am removing my answers.

As I stated earlier, I think your best bet is to discuss this with a real estate attorney to get the facts as you need them explained. I'm not sure about MO, but in my state there are some attorneys that offer first half hour consultation free. You might want to check in your state to see if there is such a thing offered.

I wish you the best of luck and I still hope you come back to let us know the outcome.

Have a Happy New Year.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 31, 2010
Looks like Mr. Bill is upset for some reason.

99.9% would happen to be my actual numbers in the given category. The 1% was a listing appointment that was going well, and then asked me to not disclose my knowledge of a previous oil tank after they pulled the filling tube from the ground. I did not list the house because of this. As I heard, the house was listed by another company, but given the area the buyers did a oil tank search and the tank was discovered anyway.
Given that hypothetical CMA that was done... mine was done in an ethical manner and presented to the buyer. Yes it was the same one given to the seller when we listed the hypothetical house. ( as I would do in a real situation) but the seller thinks he lives in the Taj Mahal with many, many upgrades and feels his house is worth at least $460k. Sorry buyers agent. The 425k price ain't gonna work for you... But I will use this offer to pursue a reduction in the list price and discuss the declined offer price with my client to bring them to reality.

I personally would not be in this situation. My listings know that there is a possibility of me acting as a dual agent if the situation arises and they understand the position in detail and act accordingly with regards to me disclosing information -or- the seller themselves disclose the information.

Try to Remember the point of all of this is to sell the house.. not hold onto it and fight with agency relationships. Agency relationships are great rules to be followed on how an agent has to act, when it comes down to it most sellers in the real world will allow any and all negotiation, disclosure and conversation about the house and property to sell the property.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 31, 2010
"If I am working with a buyer and they ask me to do a CMA and let them know how this property compares with others, I am not at liberty to do so. I would be breaking my fiduciary responsibility to the seller if, in fact, the home was listed at $500,000 and I my CMA produced a fair asking price of $425,000. And the list goes on."

A CMA is a factual document that compares listings that are sold, active and expired and can be given to that buyer. these are public figures and available to anyone who looks for them. -or- Did you doctor that CMA to look like it is a $425,00 house and not use ALL of the infoprmation in the area to create a CMA that works i your advantage.. that would be unethical. But the actual facts of the sold comps are public knowledge.

So tell me.. ( and I have been here) you now have your $425,000- CMA and you have all your ducks in line.. and go in blazing.. and the listing agent says, thanks, we want $459,000 to make this deal work. No O.k.. Have a good day. You call the next day and state that you are very, very insistant on advocating your stance on this $425,000 sales price.

At what point did you put you cape on, place him in a leg lock around his neck.. and get him to accept your $425,000 ? When do your exclusive buyer agent powers kick in? What are you now doing different then anyone else? You have been stone walled and the seller wants $459,000. Period, a $49,000 reduction from the list price to make the deal? Take care, bye-bye exclusive buyers agent. There is nothing you can do.

Dual Agency Dos and Don'ts

Because disclosed dual agency is not a concept that consumers, and in some cases salespeople, understand well, spend time educating them on its benefits and limitations if you choose to offer this representation option. Also, make sure dual agency is legal in your state. Here are some more pointers:

Disclose all material facts about the property.
Treat the buyer and seller honestly.
Provide information about the property and neighborhood within U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines.
Convey all of the buyer's questions to the seller and get answers in writing.
Disclose the buyer's ability to buy and the seller's ability to sell.
Explain real estate terms and procedures.
Explain closing costs and procedures.
Help the buyer obtain financing.
Help the buyer arrange for property inspections.
Assist in the standard purchase agreement.
Work diligently to complete the sale after the purchase agreement is accepted.

Work to the detriment of either party.
Discuss the motivation of either party.
Disclose the price the seller will accept or the price the buyer will pay.
Disclose terms other than those in the agreements.
Say anything that would hinder the bargaining position of either party.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 31, 2010
I would agree with Lynn. You have a comfort with this agent and she does already know your situation. I don't see any problem with you using her services at this point. Good luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 30, 2010
John, even if 99% of sellers honestly disclose all problems who says I am not looking at a house that was tried to be sold by the bad 1%?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 30, 2010

I know that John means well, but in realtity, the listing agent cannot (legally or ethically) give you information about the seller nor give the seller information about you that would be detrimental to either of you. Your prior agency relationship with the listing agent does not end with her listing the lot. She is bound to the agreement that she had with you. That is why she will need to work as a DUAL agent. As far as getting the lot cheaper, who knows? The seller might be going through a divorce, lost their job or be in financial difficulty, which is something that the listing agent can not tell you unless she is authorized to. Fiduciary responsibility does not cover up known defects. Those should always be disclosed. Additionally, a buyers' agent incurs more legal responsibility in the transaction than does the listing agent. A listing agent may, to some degree, rely on information provided by their client. It is, however, the buyers' agents' duty to verify all that is presented by the listing agent. John is right, "there is no magic wand," however there is representation which, in my opinion, is always a better way to go.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 29, 2010
No matter you use her as your agent or NOT she still knows your situation. I DON'T usually advise this HOWEVER you are both familiar with each other. I would recommend using her services.

GOOD LUCK.. great question

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 28, 2010
There are a couple of issues to resolve before deciding what direction to go.

1. Ask the agent if she has permission from the seller to be a "Dual Agent." A Dual Agent is limited being a mediator for the seller and buyer.

2. Do you feel that this agent did a good job for you when you purchased your home?

3. If the answer to the above is "Yes", then you should ask yourself if you have enough knowledge about the current market conditions to work with a Realtor who can only function as a mediator for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 23, 2011
I think you should call her and talk to her and let her know your concerns. I also feel if you really are against dual agency maybe you could ask her to refer you to someone else and she may actually get a higher percentage of the commission, which in turn, may benifit you in the long run. Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 23, 2011
A year and a half is a long time. A lot can change including your opinion of what the property is worth. I'm sure she would like to come to her but you are right to consider whether it is to your advantage or not.

Did you sign a contract with her?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 6, 2011
Sally, you might consider checking with another agent or real estate commission in your area re: your local laws, agency etc... You sound very skeptical about using this agent again and trust is very important in a relationship so after checking the law in your area go with an agent that you know have confidence is working in your best interest.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 6, 2011

Procurring Cause is an ethics issues that Realtors, as members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) hold as a rule to abide by. Procurring Cause basically states that if we as a Realtor (Member of NAR, not just a real estate agent) show someone a property and have a constant and continuous relationship in regards to both you and the property and the customer goes out and finds another agent to then do the paperwork and purchase the property, that we MAY be entitled to a portion of the sales proceeds. This does NOT affect you as the customer, it only affects us on the Realtor closing/Commission end of things and is typically a behind the scenes battle for what we as Realtors may feel has been a blatant disregard for this ethics rule. To have had a year in between the agent showing you the property and then you wanting to buy the property does not, in my own personal opinion, constitute any regard for that agent to lay claim to the Procurring Cause Ethics Standard.

With that being said, on a human note, I might end up with my nose out of joint if you and I had a great relationship on the other deal and then you don't come back to me for something that I showed you. I might be frustrated and not understand why you wouldn't come back to me.

I would highly suggest that you be open and up front with the agent about the fact that you are interested in buying the property but that you feel the need to choose another agent. This may be an uncomfortable thing to say, but in the longrun it may help avoid not only hurt feelings, but a negative human response of them making sure that your deal doesn't happen and they sell it to someone else instead.

We as Realtors should not do so, but sometimes anger and hurt makes the world a bit foggy and if that person's Zoloft prescription wasn't working that day you may lose a desired piece of property because of it.

Good luck on your purchase.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 6, 2011
first, you dont owe the prior agent anything for showing you the home over a year ago. She is not the procurring cause for you wanting to purchase the home. i dont think you would offend her by hiring a different agent, as a buyers agent, to represent you in this paticular transaction. You need to do what's in your best interest, but if you are in a dual agency state, use her, she may negotiate a better price.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 6, 2011
Sally, I am not sure if your area has a Buyers Agency or not. If it does, and an agreement has not be signed, you are under no obligation at all. It use to be procuring cause of the sale, but it cannot be opened ended and the time table you are eluding to, far exceeds a typical agreement.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 6, 2011
Hi Sally,

There are two things you need to consider in your situation. First, as a buyer you are not obligated to work with an agent merely because she showed you the property a year or two ago that you are now considering buying.

Second, if you decide to work with another agent the fact that you discussed price opinions and financial circumstances with the agent have no bearing on your offer for that property today. The market has changed and your financial situation may well have been altered as well--the agent would have no way of knowing your current position.

The decision as to whom to work with is up to you. But when you find a great person who does her/his job well, it usually is a great benefit to you to call upon that person again; not to mention that the compliment she receives
by your doing so will likely assure you will receive superior service.

Best of luck,

Rachel LaMar, J.D.
LaMar Real Estate, Inc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 5, 2011
Sally, You are not tids to the agent, however if you have had a great relationship with her in the past you will probably work well with her now. I do not know Missouri law. Here in Florida we work as Transaction Brokers which means that we work to bring the transaction to a close. We can also work as single agents but then we could not do both sides of the deal. Dual agency is not allowed except in commercial deal over $1 million.

If they work as transaction agents then they cannot share your information and pricing thoughts with the owner and they cannot share the owners thoughts with you. Things can get cloudy at times if you are working with someone who does not hold to the highest of standards and ethics but it sounds like this agent met your needs last time and can probably make the deal happen without any issues arising.

You would not be disadvantaged in myopinion by working with her. An agent who has both sides of the deal can work with the knowledge she has to present to the seller any questions and concerns you have and it allows her to formulate the deal in a manner that it can be clsed quickly and easily. If you have concerns and want to have an answeer from the seller, you may not get that answer if it is another agent doing the asking, but a Seller's agent may have a better advantage to get those answers.

As for pricing, pricing from 2009 is out the door and so different from 2011. Zillow can help get you a general comparison although I have found that it is not terribly accurate in some situations.

Good luck wth your purchase and let us know what happened. And if you want to move to Florida we have some phenomenal deals down here right now and warm weather too! :)
MeLynda Rinker
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 5, 2011
In my opinion since you had a very positive experience with your prior agent you should go back to her. The pricing strategy you discussed with her a year ago has no bearing on today's market. There is still downward pressure on pricing. If you have dual agency in Missouri she has an ethical obligation to treat both you and the seller fairly not revealing what your highest bid would be until you were ready and not revealing what his bottom line is. Any information the seller gave her with regard to what he will take could only be revealed wth written permission from him and the same for you. We work with dual agency all the time and as long as your prior agent has written permission from the seller and buyer and its legal in your state contact your prior agent. She know doubt will be thrilled to hear from you. The highest compliment you can give an agent is to return to her with your next real estate transaction or refer her to a friend or family member. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 5, 2011
Hi Sally. The land value may not be what you "thought" it was worth in 2009. You need someone to research and run the comps for you and work with you to develop an offer. It's good you like the agent listing the property, but I would tell anyone to hire their own agent and work with that agent to develop your purchase strategy for the property. The listing agent cannot represent you and the seller fairly in dual agency. It's impossible. Someone will lose in most cases. I know a lot of agents do dual agency because they want to be paid on both sides of the transaction...which is super nice. But it's hard to represent both parties best interest in a single transaction and the listing agents duty is to her "client" the seller, then to you the buyer. She can't disclose what you say to her if you do that, she's bound by that. But I find that stuff always seems to slip out with dual agents and it's hard for them to keep both parties needs and wants totally confidential.

Having your own agent doesn't cost you anything. Get a really good buyer agent and have that person work for you to get the best price and best terms you can get on the lot. She already knows what you think abou tthe lot and about how much you think it's work (based on 2009), but those thoughts may have changed at this point. It's your call and your comfort level so you'll have to chose what makes you most comfortable.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 4, 2011
I would personally use an agent that I am comfortable with but using a buyer's agent is always a good idea, since you are not really paying for it, the seller is. It's like having a professional on your side that is going to bat for you for free!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 4, 2011
If I am understanding your situation, you are under no legal or ethical obligation to use the earlier agent, nor is there any legal or ethical reason why you shouldn't. There is no unbroken string of events leading to the purchase, and there is no undisclosed dual agency. Go for it!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 3, 2011
Morning. And thank you for clarifying Debbie,

I'm afraid John made a comment much earlier that really got my ire up and we took off from there. Unfortunately, as we were bantering back and forth here, I'm afraid things got out of control and while I was no longer referring to the original question, but rather John's comment on buyer agency, I'm afraid things were getting confusing. This was evidenced by Sally's last comment.

So.........I took the liberty of removing my answers.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 1, 2011
Hi Sally, if I were that agent, I would appreciate it greatly if you came back to me. And I would ask her given the circumstances that she draw in an associate to assist you in negotiations - that way you can honor the relationship and feel comfortable that your interests are being represented.

Best of luck to you Sally,
Jeanne Feenick
Unwavering Commitment to Service
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 31, 2010
Just to clairfy this idea of a dual agent being able to provide a CMA - Yes, they can provide a cma, as a cma is factual information.

What a dual agent cannot do is INTERPRET that cma for the buyer. They cannot say: "Based on those numbers, I think the house is only worth xxxx". They cannot say: "Gee, that house is really overpriced, I think you shoudl offer xxxxx"........etc

The consumer will have to draw their own conclusion, based on the facts provided, but the dual agent is absolutely within their fiduciary responsibility by providing the comparable sales, even if they don't indicate the list price is the correct list price.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 31, 2010
Boy oh Boy, John,

If you would have said that in the first place, you could have save me a lot of time and trouble.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 31, 2010

You have a lot of conflicting advice here. The truth is that the listing agent cannot show you comparable sales on the property in question unless they show that the property is worth what the seller is asking. She cannot suggest a price or give you any advice or give the seller advice without risking violating her agency agreement with both you and the seller. You are on your own as is the seller as far as representation is concerned under a dual agency situation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 31, 2010
OK, I would add that UNTIL you have a buyers agency signed with the agent, she is representing the seller and is free to tell the seller anything you tell her. ONLY after you sign a buyers agency with her (and a dual agency form in this case) must she protect your information and the sellers information. DO NOT tell her anything that you do not want repeated until you sign the agency form. She already knows your basic information and can tell the seller that people were interested in the past, but it is past the point where legally she is owed a commission for introducing you to the property a year and a half ago per our local contracts.

The value of the land a year and a half ago, is not necessarily the value of the land now, so any comps done then, are not the current comps. If you have her provide comps without a buyers agency signed then she is providing seller slanted comps, not buyer slanted comps. As a dual agent, she would be providing comps but would not be able to advise you on negotiating strategies since she would be negotiating against herself, she would only be able to provide you with raw numbers and data that you would have to interpret yourself.

I have been a dual agent in that area. It can be done successfully, but both the buyer, the seller and the agent have to agree. let me know if I can provide any further assistance since I'm local
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 28, 2010
Hi Sally,
There are some caveats here. The listing agent now has to work as a DUAL agent. She knows confidential information about both the seller and the buyer. She cannot disclose any information that she has that might be detrimental to you to the seller (ethically and legally) and she cannot disclose information that she has about the seller to you that might be detrimental to the seller. With DUAL agency,neither party is being truly represented. A lot can change in a year and there may be some changes or situations with that lot that you might not know about. EX. Plans for a new road or road widening. Does it perc? The exact size of the lot. Has the seller made a change to it since you last saw it? Have the real estate taxes changed? Have any hazardous materials been stored on the site? Is there a change in land use at the county/municipality? Is it in a fly zone? Can you use it for single family, mulit-family, commercial, office, etc.. It is the buyer's agent's duty to make sure that you are completely informed about your purchase before you make it. You may want to make absolutely sure that you are getting the complete picture. It doesn't cost you any more and the listing agent will be paid on the listing side anyway. Of course this information is predicated on the assumption the MO is a disclosure state and that the same laws apply as they do in VA. In any case, I would opt for a buyer's agent in this situation.

Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 28, 2010
Since you liked the agent, are comfortable with her, and since you have an established history, why not use her--however if you are uncomfortable with dual agency, then consider using another agent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 28, 2010
Hi Sally,
I agree with Lynn. I would normally recommend getting another agent but you are familiar with her and it seems like she provided you good services in the past, use her. She also already knows your situation if you bring on another agent or not. She would see the name on the offer.

Best of luck,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 28, 2010
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