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Beware of the Agent with All of the Signs

Have you ever driven through a neighborhood and seen one agent with most of the homes for sale? Your first thought might be that they must know a lot about the neighborhood. You might think it would be a good thing to deal directly with that agent if you decide to buy a home in that neighborhood.

If you want to get a good deal, stop! Think about it for a second. Are they really going to be motivated to negotiate a great deal for you? It's just going to bring down the prices in the neighborhood and make their other homes for sale look overpriced.

What if the agent lives in the neighborhood? Do they want prices in their neighborhood to go down? A listing agent wants to develop a reputation for being able to get top dollar for homes in the neighborhood. I've heard many sellers grumble about their neighbors selling for too little and the agent who let them.

Always consider the motivations of everyone involved in a transaction. You need to align yourself with someone who benefits when you get a good deal. A buyer's agent who cares about their long term business wants you to get the best deal possible. Why? When you go to buy a bigger home in a few years, wouldn't you call the agent who helped you get a great deal on your current home? Isn't it going to be easier to price your home competitively if you bought it at a low price to begin with?

Use the neighborhood expert for as much information as possible but make sure you recognize that you getting a great deal might not be in their best interests. It just goes against their human nature.

I've had agents give me grief about saying this kind of stuff. I had one agent email me and say that he was going to report me to the board because I was portraying fellow agents in a negative way which is against the REALTOR's code of ethics.

Most agents are very upstanding and respectable.  But it comes down to human nature and looking out for number one.   I only write about this because I have heard agents talk about this exact dilemma. If telling the truth is against the code, then it might be time for me to hand in my REALTOR pin.

Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities
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01/07/2016