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I'm Working with an Agent but...

"I'm working with an agent but..."

"...let me ask you about this neighborhood."

"...how much do you think my home is worth?"

"...shouldn't my agent be doing XYZ?"

I probably field some version of these questions and a dozen others every single week from buyers or sellers who find me online via my website or other content.  This morning was no exception.

Obviously my first thought is WHY AREN'T THESE PEOPLE CALLING ME FIRST?  I'm going to go sit in a corner and think about how to fix that.

The second thought is, WHY ARE THEY CALLING ME AT ALL?

The vast majority of buyers and sellers are, what I would describe as, "real estate novices".  They may buy or sell 2-4 homes over the course of their lifetimes.  They have little understanding of the real estate market and even less understanding about agency relationships.

It is our job as real estate professionals to EDUCATE our clients and customers about the nature of agency relationships, the benefits of working with ONE AGENT and the hazards of stepping outside of that relationship to seek advice or information about specific transactions.

I won't waste my breath talking about SIGNED AGENCY AGREEMENTS, I know how much the thought of presenting a "contract" to a client scares the pants off of real estate agents.

But perhaps a little conversation with your clients and customers will prevent me, or some other real estate agent, from having to explain to them why they shouldn't cut you out of the transaction on the purchase of their new home.

"I'm working with an agent but I found this home in this neighborhood by myself, do I really need to use them in the purchase of my new home?"

My answer was YES and I gave them a very rational reason.

You're welcome!

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Jenna Dixon
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Comment balloon 7 commentsJenna Dixon • December 07 2015 07:28AM


I bet you love it even more when someone tells you they didn't want to bother their agent, they are busy, that's why they are calling you.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 3 years ago

100% in agreement. Sometimes you can turn them into your client.

But if they state that may be ask their agent to call you.

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) about 3 years ago

Getting people who has an agent to sign an buer agreement is probably not apprioprite. You are right. Last 10 years I only did one and the buyer did not purchase what I showed.

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) about 3 years ago

Hi Jenna Dixon , Sometimes I feel like the answer-man.  They don't wan't to hire us to find them a home, (At not cost to them), but they want us to answer all their questions, so that one of their friends or relatives can sell them a home and make the commission.  I always ask them who their agent is and then suggest they call them with the questions.  I have even had them say, they didn't want to bother them.......so, instead, you're going to bother me?  Isn't that want they are getting paid for?

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) about 3 years ago

Let me say, Zillow leads are ideal places to get these ridiculous runarounds.  "Yeah, I have an agent, but I want to see this house today."  

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 3 years ago

If a buyer or seller is working with an agent, they shouldn't expect another agent to interfere with that relationship!  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 3 years ago

Jenna, we do get these calls, and scratch our heads, and wonder why they are still calling others.  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 3 years ago