(Closed) How to look at houses without a realtor?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Find the houses online, and get in contact with the selling realtor to set up a viewing.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Go to open houses. There are realtors there, but most of them may speak to you for a maybe a minute give you hand out and let you look at the house.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

you can go to realtor.com and view homes, usually they have lots of pictures as well. You can then contact that realtor that has the house listed and they will glady set up a time to show you the house, and you do not have to have a realtor of your own.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

just curious. why are you wanting to look at houses if you aren’t serious enough to have your own realtor? 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yes, they will probably offer if you don’t have a realtor that they could be yours too. But you don’t have to accept.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yeah, you’re going to need an agent, sorry. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would talk to the real estate lawyer in your family.  If there is a way for you to get around having your own agent, I would think he/she could give you some advice as to how to go about doing it.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Pretty much any realtor can show you a house, you don’t have to be “committed” to them necessarily. I think it’s sort of frowned upon to have one realtor show you a bunch of houses and then dump them when it comes time to put in an offer though lol.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Get an agent, it will make your life easier….

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If your relative is a real estate lawyer, they should just be able to apply and get a licence to be a realtor and act as your ‘agent’.  If you go to the selling agent without your own, I believe the sellers agent acts as yours well.  The selling agent already has an agreement interms of commisions to be paid to the sellers and buyers agent.  I honestly dont see the benefit of not having one unless you think can negotiate the price lower based on not having one.  They are only typically paid 5% (split between the seller and buyers agent, then that gets split between the realtor and broker if the agent is working for someone which is usually the case)… so really, its not even going to save much.  I was trying to do the same, and it was just easier to have the agent set up the appointments and get me in to all the houses I wanted to see than waste my time trying to cordinate with all the sellers.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you don’t have a realtor representing you then they would become your realtor and earn the comission on both the end of the buyer and seller because they are the one showing you the house. I don’t believe you could bring in your own agenct after the fact if you did indeed like that home. I would recommend getting a realtor so that way you can have someone to act on your behalf.

@pinkshoes- I know that applies to MA, but does that apply everywhere.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You’re doing the selling agent a huge favor if you don’t get a realtor of your own because they commission for the sale on both ends will go to that realtor. There’s no reason for you not to get your won agent.

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