Is it bad etiquette to work with more than 1 realtor?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Not necessarily poor taste, but often realtors will have you sign an exclusivity contract.  And it might get into weird territory amongst them about who owes who part of their commission, but if she’s not working for you there’s no reason you couldn’t just move on.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Reign14:  my mom is a realtor and that is her NUMBER ONE PET PEEVE! showing listings to a client actually takes preparation (they look up stats and various variables according to your wants/needs/preapproval limit) and it’s not the most fun thing in the world taking clients around to various listings hoping that they find one they like enough to write an offer on. and then to say ‘thanks for taking us around and showing us houses but we’re gonna write an offer with this other realtor!’ is actually quite rude :/ just something to think about…

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I would say it’s in poor taste, and some realtors will get you to sign something eventually.  Maybe you could find some who work as a team with one you really like where that’s acceptable?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@missebelle:  +1. They do work very hard and are not paid unless they successfully buy or sell a house. My mom works her ass off for her clients and rarely gets time off, so when she gets someone who turns around after all that work and says, basically, “Thanks for your blood, sweat, and tears! We’re gonna go pay this other person who did diddly squat, now!” It really grinds her gears, and rightfully so.

 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t see a problem. If realtor #1 presents 20 unsuitable properties, and realtor #2 presents 1 suitable property, why can’t you buy it? Realtor #1 should have done a better job.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Yah it’s pretty rude. If the lady you like is too busy to help you fully, find someone else and work exclusively with them. Since realtors are mostly paid only by commission (depending on the agent), it’s not right to have them work for you for free and use someone else on the side. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@Reign14:  I think it is in very poor taste. I don’t know if you have ever worked in a clothing store, but it’s like someone coming in and trying on just about everything in the store and you spend over an hour with them but they don’t buy a single thing. Only it’s much much much worse. You are wasting a lot of this person’s time because you have no intention of using them to buy your house. You are essentially making this person work for free for you because they will not get a commission and doing all the legwork. That person could actually be using all that time with someone who will actually give a commission. Do yourself and that poor agent a favour and find an agent you like as much as the one that is busy and stick to that person. I don’t think it is just a question of ettiquette, but a question of personal ethics. (On a separate note, I don’t know what is so awesome about this person who is too busy to find a house for you)

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@Reign14:  Some of the busy realtors who have been doing it quite a while work with people just getting started.  Maybe you could search a bit and interview a few who work like that?

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Reign14: I wouldn’t do it, and I’m surprised neither has had you sign an exclusivity agreement yet to prevent you from double dipping. If the woman you get along with is too busy, MOVE ON. Trust me.. I compromised on a realtor once who was insanely busy but really nice and we got along well. It was not in my best interest when it came to the house selling in the end because as soon as I signed with her, she put me on the back burner and it was like pulling teeth to work with her. You’re better off going with the person willing to work hard for you.

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Omgbunnies:  YES!!! +1 right back at you! my mom has been a realtor for 13+ years and whenever this happens (thankfully it’s rare) she calls me venting her head off. a LOT of effort and work goes into finding listings for clients. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

@Reign14:  Very rude.  If an agent isn’t doing a good job for you, then by all means kick them to the curb, but don’t string multiple agents along.  They don’t get paid if you don’t buy a house, so you’re wasting their time if you know that you have no intention of buying through them.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Reign14:  usually even if a realtor is very busy, they WILL make time to work with you if you are a serious buyer/seller. the real estate business is one that can be very up and down so when a client is interested in working with YOU and only you, then i think it’s very rare they will pass that up. my mom has juggled eight to ten clients at once…did she want to die because she was so tired/busy and drowning paperwork/listing appointments/open houses? yes! but working with new clients is her bread and butter because referrals also go a long ways. i’m sure your dream realtor will LOVE to work with you! 😀

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee

If you have doubts about this realtor and you haven’t signed anything yet, I’d maybe meet with these ones who are “knocking down your door”. After a meet or two, I’d commit to one though. It sounds like you’re not very far into the process, so it’s fine to check out other realtors and see if you can do better, but at some point you are going to have to make a choice.

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