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Old 03-11-2007, 10:00 PM
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My mom made a mistake and we need help on how to get out of the mess that has been created. My mom has had an agent take her around and has spent a lot of time showing her homes. My mom saw a house which the agent showed her but highly discouraged her from making an offer. It was listed with another agent and the agent she had seemed to only want to show her homes listed with her company. The listing agent happened to be at the house and said my mom could come by to see it because she was showing it to someone else. My mom said she wanted to make an offer and the listing agent had a lender call her. Now my mom feels bad and feels she should go through the orginal agent that showed it to her the first time. My mom called the listing agent and explained what happened and said she wanted to do what was ethically right and the listing agent said that this was a problem and that she needed to talk with her broker about it because she feels the sale is hers. What should we do?
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Old 03-12-2007, 12:00 AM
Location: Columbia, California
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Go with the agent that she made the offer thru.
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Old 03-12-2007, 12:13 AM
Location: Cincinnati
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I always show everything that's available regardless of who has it listed. I do Dual Agency once in a while but I really don't like doing it.

I consider agent-hopping deplorable unless the agent isn't doing their job. This is how we make our living and our time is money. A good agent can save their clients tons of money and heartaches and unfortunately a bad one can do just the opposite. If the agent was truly discouraging your mother from making an offer so she could steer her to a double-end property, she deserved dumping and hard. A smart and ethical agent will do whatever it takes to help their client get the house regardless of who lists it. Most sales aren't Dual Agency anyway. It's not even legal in some states. Now...the listing agent went after your mother with her agent there? That's a sharky agent. This violates one of the biggest rules in the business. She could be subject to disciplinary action for this if your mother's original agent found out. Here's the important question: did the listing agent write up an offer and did your mother sign it and was it submitted?
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Old 03-12-2007, 08:34 AM
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The listing agent did not write up the offer. My mom called her later in the evening and said that she wanted to go with her orginal agent. The listing agent and the orginal agent were never there together at the same time. The orginal agent did not want my mom to consider the house and really discouraged it. My mom went back alone to look at the house when the listing agent was there showing it to someone else.
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:52 PM
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Once again I compleatly agree with Sorcerer on this one. To me, the Buyer's Agent is not in a good position either by focusing showing youy mom only office listings while not listening to the correct buying signals your mom sounds like she was giving. But given the fact that she has spent alot of time with your mom then absolutly I think your mom did the right thing by going with the origional agent. As a Realtor I don't believe in Dual Agency. How can your represent both the Seller and Buyer ethically in the same transaction? The answer is very carefully, and unfortuantly most agents can't sucessfully follow through. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of Dual Agency transactions closing everyday. Anyways, just my 2 cents...
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Old 03-15-2007, 09:30 PM
Location: zooland 1
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Its business.. unless you are contractually obligated ( and you didnt say you were) to one or the other agent.. do what is BEST for you...
whats ethical... well.. no forum information will help you with that, that is a decision which you must come to all by yourself.
Ive bought and sold a number of california homes.. I have a friendly relationship with my broker... walking in off the street and meeting a new one I would remember .. they work for me.. always.. and they should give me the service I want.. not what they want to provide.. that is why they are earning a commission... and that is what I would be willing to pay for...
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