There's many agents who won't show a FSBO property. I'm an EBA (Exclusive Buyers Agent) and work with Buyers Exclusively. I let them know that if there's a FSBO on the market they will need to instruct me on whether they want to deal with FSBO's or not. If they don't want to deal with them (more to the point, if they don't want me to deal with a FSBO in their behalf), I don't show them property since I'm obligated to follow the instructions of my clients..
The liability to my brokerage when dealing with a FSBO is one reason. I, a licensed professional, don't like working with FBSO's/unrepresented sellers. While I'm the only one licensed and I'm dealing with an unrepresented seller, whose license will be called on the carpet if something gets screwed up in the deal? I might be acting in the best interest of my client and the FSBO screws up, but I don't represent the FSBO and can't disclose to them what the heck they're supposed to do.
I'm also not going to do the FSBO's work for them. If they think "playing Realtor" is fun and will save them money, let them conduct business with me. I'm not their agent and I won't do anything to even hint at "dual agency" undisclosed or disclosed.
But, then . .. on the other hand . . . I love FSBOs because, and trust me on this, a savvy buyers agent can "negotiate" a deal for their clients that will make the FSBO's head spin. Yeah, keep thinking that just because it's a "seller's market" you can wheel and deal. HA HA HA HA HA HA Love the logic on that one. Keep thinking that all an agent does is open the door for the buyer, or plants a "for sale" on the property for the seller. Yeah, that's all real estate is all about . . .
My last deal had the sellers coughing up $20,000 and they were represented by their listing agent. Properties were flying off the shelf in that little market where my clients wanted to buy. Sellers left $20,000 on the table . . . in a "seller's market" AND they were represented. HA HA HA
I used to work for an attorney, prior to becoming a licensee. He bought a house and only AFTER did he realize there were no rain gutters! We live in the Pacific NW and it rains here. The lawyer couldn't even figure that out. He was way too emotional, nervous, anxiety ridden to represent himself. He didn't have a buyers agent, went with the list agent and thought he could broker the deal. He did . . . only thing was, he didn't broker rain gutters into it.
The "selling agent" is the buyer's agent -- the agent who actually SOLD the home to the buyer is the selling agent.
The "listing agent" is the seller's agent -- the agent who actually LISTS the home for the sellers.