My wife and I are starting to look at buying another house. I have 10-15 contacts who are agents, and my wife is feeling pressure to use the agent her parents use. I'm in the camp that says whoever provides me with the best service is going to get my business. Is there some sort of unwritten ethical code to choosing an agent? When an agent shows you a house, are they then expected to represent you at every house you choose to see?
It really depends upon what your agreement is with the agent. For instance, you might talk to an agent about a specific property that you see on their website and agree to have them show it to you. Unless you agree to have that agent research and find more props for you or otherwise agree to move forward with them representing you as your agent you're not obligated to them. Of course, most Realtors will try to get you to agree to work with them in the future...that's how they get new clients.
Go with the best agent that is going to provide you with the best service. There are too many lazy agents these days looking for a free payday. Dont feel obligated to work with an agent because they have shown you one house. If they are going out of their way and trying to earn your business, then I would work with them.
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