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getting ready to buy/realtor etiquette question
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Submitted by bzribee on May 4, 2012 - 2:44am
I've been using Zillow, Redfin, SDLookup, and long 92104 neighborhood walks to look at what's available. I recently met with a seller's agent to see a property, and then asked to see one more.
Is it correct that if I want either of those two properties I should use this person since he showed me the properties? That means he is representing both the seller and myself and that makes me uncomfortable. He suggested his partner could represent the seller and he'd represent me but that still has me uncomfortable. This person seems competent but does this agent's fiduciary responsibility to me trump his responsibility to the seller and to their firm?
He was up front about fees and commissions: there was a % to him, a %to the other agent AND to the firm they work for.
Because of these concerns, I've not looked at other properties with him. I've contacted another seller's agent to see another property. I'm essentially looking at properties AND agents at the same time, trying to find the best one for me, but since they're all seller's agents, I'm keeping myself in a bind.
Friends have suggested Redfin and I do recognize that there are realtors on this forum, but I"m looking at lower end properties (hopefully <$200,000 though I'd pay more if I switch from condo to house) and don't want to waste anyone's time--I know what I want within 3 categories (small house, 2/2 or 1/1 with garage). I could be a difficult client for not much money...so I am trying to sort this all out ahead of time.
Oh, that seller I first mentioned, only showed me listings from his company., though there were other sale signs at the two properties. Should I be concerned?
Thank you for any etiquette instruction. Ms. Manners and Emily Post do not seem to cover these topics
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