Should I Call the Number on a For Sale Sign (or website)?

What you need to know:

  1. By calling the number on the sign, you are calling the listing agent who is working for the seller.  If this agent gives you a tour of the home, you will not want to divulge any information that you would not want the seller to know should you make an offer (how much you can spend, when you need to move, etc.).
  2. You won’t save money by using the listing agent rather than your own buyer’s agent. Buyers don’t pay agents’ commissions.  Sellers pay all commissions.  The commission has already been agreed upon between the seller and the listing agent before the house goes on the market.  If you use your own buyer’s agent, the listing agent gives your agent a percentage of that agreed upon commission.  If you and the seller both use the listing agent, she simply keeps the entire commission.  No savings to you.
  3. If you are ready to start the beginning stages of a home search, it’s time to start interviewing agents who will be representing YOU.  Shop around.  Find someone who is a good fit and who you could spend a few hours in a car with.  This professional can then point out positives and negatives as you tour homes.  She will advise you when you’re ready to make an offer and help you negotiate terms.  She’ll review the inspection report with you and negotiate repairs.  This person works for YOU, not the seller.

Hope you found this helpful!

Don’t hesitate to reach out with any other questions about the buying or selling process.


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