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#1 of 9 Old 09-25-2012, 03:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have exchanged about five e-mails with a realtor about my interest in some property.  We haven't met in person yet, but I was very pleased with the realtor's follow-up.  Very pleased.  However, I recently found out I could save a few thousand dollars if I went with a different realtor.  Am I making an unethical choice if I switch from someone I like to someone that could save me money?  Realtor #1 hasn't done leg work for us, though would if it was needed.  The sale would be very straight-forward with little room for negotiation, so I feel like my choice should be based on money, not warm fuzzies.  I know this is business, not personal, but I cannot help but feel bad for Realtor #1 and I don't even know how to explain why I wouldn't require his/her services.

 

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Is the realtor that you have been communicating with the seller's agent?  If so, you would want a separate agent acting on your behalf for the purchase.


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Is the realtor that you have been communicating with the seller's agent?  If so, you would want a separate agent acting on your behalf for the purchase.

 

No, both would only represent me.

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Well, if you haven't signed a contract, then it's still your prerogative to go with another realtor.  

 

I would caution you though that even the most seemingly straight-forward transactions often have glitches along the way.  I'm not in real estate, but my mom and best friend are, and I've bought 2 homes and sold one.  None were without unforeseen problems during escrow, and the transaction that was the least stressful was the one with the most professional and knowledgeable (and ironically not the most experienced) realtor.


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I'd go with the cheaper one, and if the first one asks why- tell the truth. He may change his price for you :)


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Well, if you haven't signed a contract, then it's still your prerogative to go with another realtor.  

 

I would caution you though that even the most seemingly straight-forward transactions often have glitches along the way.  I'm not in real estate, but my mom and best friend are, and I've bought 2 homes and sold one.  None were without unforeseen problems during escrow, and the transaction that was the least stressful was the one with the most professional and knowledgeable (and ironically not the most experienced) realtor.

 

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I'd go with the cheaper one, and if the first one asks why- tell the truth. He may change his price for you :)

 

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I'd go with the cheaper one, and if the first one asks why- tell the truth. He may change his price for you :)


You could also talk to the one you like better, tell him or her about the price difference, and see if s/he'll work with you at a lower rate.

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No, not unethical to pick another realtor. Finding a realtor is like trying on jeans... you may need to try on many to find the one that fits. This goes for therapists too!


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As long as the realtor did not show you the house or you have not signed a contract, you are fine to switch.


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