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LL, Home Seller in Norcross, GA

I have a buyers agent and want to know the pros/cons of using the same agent to list my current home for sale.

Asked by LL, Norcross, GA Thu Feb 12, 2009

My thinking is that the agent would be motivated to sell my home so I could buy the next home (which would be an upgrade). Do people do this or is it smarter to have a separate buyers agent and listing agent? Thanks!

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There is a huge difference between a Buyer's Agent and a Listing Agent. You really need to be careful when choosing an agent to market your home.

You should ask some really hard questions such as:

1. How many listings does the agent currently have?
2. How long has that agent been in Real Estate?
3. How will your home be marketed? (ie. internet advertising, flyers, print ads, signage, open house, etc)
4. Does that agent work FULL TIME or are they a Part-time agent?
5. How many listings has that agent sold, as the Listing Agent?

If your agent is primarily a Buyer's Agent, they will be out on the road quite a bit and a lot of their time is taken. When will they be able to devote time to marketing your home? How will they be able to follow up on showings, and make sure that your home is being marketed in the right places?
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If your agent is competent and experienced then there's no reason not to consider them for both sides. As Josh points out, at least make sure they can cover both areas.

If you have to sell before buying, I'd spend a good amount of time getting lined up with an experienced listing agent that has the ability to think outside the box and know how to actually SELL your home, not just list it. You also need to be realistic in your expectations or you'll be sitting on your hands. It's more important for you to get properly listed and exposed right now, I think we'll see a little uptick over the next few months.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 12, 2009
Most agents work with both buyers and sellers. If you know, trust, and feel your agent is a strong knowledgeable agent then you should be in good hands using them to sell your home and help you find another.

I actually feel that it is a benefit to use the same agent for both transactions. A great agent is going to work hard for you whether you are buying another home or not but there is an incentive in having one agent to communicate with that you can trust. To me there are no cons unless they are not skilled in getting their listings sold. Check references.

Lastly, there might be an incentive for you for using him/ or her for two transactions. The bottom line... if you know, trust, and respect this agents ability why would you not use them to sell your home too.
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good evening, if you have an agent who you know and trust or has been referred to you from a trustworthy friend, then I say go for it. It's much easier on you during the process to be working with just one agent. It helps in coordinating both transactions. If they are an Experienced full-time agent it should be fine. Make sure to ask questions all through the process if you have questions about anything. I help people in your situation all the time. Enjoy the process. Penny
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Depends on if the agents know the area.

An agent in Duluth might be pretty good to use in Alpharetta. However, if you are moving from Jonesboro to Duluth, that's probably not a good fit.

There's too much money at stake for you not to choose the BEST option.
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Joshua Jarvis, Real Estate Pro in Duluth, GA
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