Re: Real Estate Agents Are Useless to me - Posted by speednxs
Posted by speednxs on April 13, 2006 at 04:58:23:
>I dont have a contract with my agent, but have made an offer on the home thorugh her. Am I obligated to stick with her, or can I go to the sellers agent directly.
I would look carefully at the paperwork you signed when you made the offer through the agent. I have a hard time believing this didn’t include some kind of buyer’s agent agreement. This makes going around the buyer’s agent dangerous.
Buyers and sellers almost universally agree that the deal would be better if the real estate commission was lower. This is why both agents won’t let buyer and seller talk directly to each other. It also means that any whiz bang argument you have will get filtered out by one agent or the other. Just another reason why many investors avoid MLS listings and (seller’s) agent representation.
If the buyer’s agent showed you the house, but you didn’t make an offer through them, then the situation is murky. The agent will strongly think that they represent you. The buyer can say “I never agreed to anything, I was just looking”. That’s what courts are for.
Agents deal with flakey buyers and sellers and buyers and sellers deal with flakey agents all the time. It doesn’t seem realistic that the buyer’s agent would present an offer without a contract with the buyer in place.
The fact that no offer has been presented and no contract is in place is kind of consistent.