If you’re shopping for homes and you find one you like, should you contact that home’s listing agent directly?
Technically you can—anyone can contact the listing agent directly—but there are a few things to keep in mind.
First of all, they work for the seller and have their best interests at heart. Touring a property doesn’t require a contractual agreement, but in North Carolina, but any agent who shares pertinent information about a home with you should ask you to sign a Working With Real Estate Agents disclosure. This disclosure outlines who they represent and what your expectations should be regarding their professional responsibilities when showing the property.
If you’re actively looking for homes, you should hire a seasoned agent so you have someone on your side to represent your best interests.
The listing agent is usually at showings for the security of the homeowner. Viewing a property individually is about the same as attending an open house, and you don’t need a buyer’s agent by your side to attend an open house, so you don’t need one when checking out a home by yourself either.
So when should you get your own agent? Whether you want to be represented by an agent is up to you, but if you’re actively looking for homes, you should hire a seasoned agent so you have someone on your side to represent your best interests. In our market, sellers pay for both their agent’s commission and the buyer’s agent’s commission, so it won’t cost you a dime.
If you’re in the market for a home or just starting to think about the home buying process, reach out to us so we can talk more and ensure you have all the information you need to get the best deal possible.