Buying or selling a home is likely the biggest financial transaction you’ll ever complete.
They sometimes work for both sides In some states, the same real estate agent can represent both the buyer and the seller in a transaction.
Their commission is negotiable Listing agents may expect you to accept their commission — generally around 6% of the sale price — without question, but you certainly don’t have to.
Most sellers never think about the fact that anyone can come through the door of an open house, Gasset said.
If you view an open house and decide to make an offer, the listing agent can take credit for your interest.
Don’t provide your name, sign any documentation or discuss your opinion of the house with the listing agent unless you have to, Miller says.
If you really like an open house, leave and find a buyer’s agent who can help you make an offer.
Consumers should interview several potential providers and make their own decision about whom to hire, Harty says.
Interview multiple real estate agents.
Get a real estate attorney involved.