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Sloan Berman, Agent, Montclair, NJ
Fri Feb 6, 2009

You really should stick with one agent unless you are not happy with their service, believe they are acting unethically or your personalities clash. It's not fair to us as realtors. We put in alot of time, energy and commitment to our buyers and get nothing in return if they choose to buy a home from another agent. For many of us, this is our livelihood. We get paid nothing until a deal finally closes. What's more, there is absolutely no reason to search with different companies. We all have access to the same listings and the buyer has no financial responsibility to their agent. The seller pays the commission to the agent.

When you get a pre approval from a lender, you are free to give it to any agent who is helping you find a home.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.


Sloan Berman
Sales Associate
Schweppe Burgdorff Realtors
973-509-3970 office
862-369-4963 cell
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David Chambe…, , Saint Petersburg, FL
Fri Feb 6, 2009
Only one agent can get paid, the rest of the agents have wasted their time with you. Three agents 40 hours each= two not getting paid for a weeks work.
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Israel Barden, Agent, Big Bear Lake, CA
Fri Feb 6, 2009
If you find a Realtor who is working hard for you and you trust, stick with them. There is nothing worse than working your tail off to find the perfect house for a client only to have them turn around and have their relative or friend write it up for them after you did all the work.
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Mark Brian, Agent, Anderson, SC
Fri Feb 6, 2009
Until you commit yourself to working with just one agent, why should the agent commit themselves to you? If you cannot commit to me, I am not commiting to you, and finding a great deal for you. Sounds harsh, but it is the truth. Either I work for you as a buyer agent, or I work for the seller.
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Renee Porsia, Agent, Newtown, PA
Fri Feb 6, 2009
Hello Rc,

Great question. It is definitely not in your best interest to search for homes with different Realtors. You should definitely hire a buyer agent and they will represent just your interests.

I am extremely passionate about consumers knowing their rights and every buyer has the right to representation and should definitely take advantage of it. By searching with different Realtors you are actually then considered a customer and not a client. You should want to be a client.

If you are not familiar with buyer agency, you should definitely do your homework. I have heard so many horror stories from buyers who didn't know who was representing them or because their Realtor was a dual agent and it winded up costing them a lot of money.

You should interview a few Realtors to see which one best suits your needs.

Feel free to read my blog, I write a lot about buyer agency. You may find it helpful.

Good luck and know your rights.

Renee Porsia
Associate Broker
(215) 669-0589 Direct
(215) 358-1100 Office Ask for Renee
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Justin & Kat…, , Hickory, NC
Fri Feb 6, 2009
A buyers agent makes your best interest their #1 priority and by law and contract, you are to work with one agent. The benefit of this is entirly yours - any agent you speak to who is not your agent must look after the best interest of the seller, and therefore can use any information you tell them, against you.

Rule of thumb - Find an agent you feel comfortable with, sign a Buyers Agency Agreement, and let them be "on your team" as they making finding your dream home their #1 priority!
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