The main purpose of a Real Estate Agent is to prevent fraud (protect you) by acting as a fiduciary, representing your best interests in the Real Estate transaction. Agents and Brokers have a fiduciary responsibility that legally requires them to act on your behalf, not theirs or anyone else’s. This pertains to all aspects of … Read more
A buyer’s agent works with a potential buyer through the process of purchasing a home. The buyer’s agent is legally bound to the home buyer having a fiduciary responsibility to act in their best interest. Buyer’s agents are paid by the Seller, making them a free representation service to buyers.
A seller’s agent represents a seller. Much like a buyer’s agent has a legal (fiduciary) responsibility to a buyer, a seller’s agent has that same legal responsibility to the seller.
First off, dual agency is shady, don’t do it. It’s a concept commonly referred to as “double dipping” by real estate agents since they get both sides (buyer and seller agent fees) of the commission. It’s an older idea that makes sense if there are no other agents around…rural areas. Dual agency is where an … Read more
The Seller pays the commission. The buyer does not pay a commission in a real estate transaction. The commission (on both sides of the transaction) is paid by the Seller and included in the sales price.
A Realtor can be a real estate agent and a real estate agent can be a Realtor. The difference between a Realtor and a real estate agent is membership. A Realtor is a member of the “National Association of Realtors”.
No you do not need a buyer’s agent. You can buy a house without an agent, however there will be limitations in the selection. Without the use of a Buyer’s agent, buyers will have a difficult time getting access to MLS properties. Buyers usually end up calling the listing/seller’s agent (conflict of interest) on each … Read more
No, you do not need to sell your house with an agent. FSBO (for sale by owner) is a common way to sell property. However you will not receive the benefits of being listed in the MLS. In addition, without “quality data” you may not choose the correct sales price (value). You can post it … Read more