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Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

Yes.  I think it's because of rumors that they can get the house cheaper if they use the listing agent.

Feb 14, 2016 12:50 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

There are times when deals would be more successful with only one agent rather that two adversarial agents.

Feb 14, 2016 05:14 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Yes and for some inane reason they believe they will get a better deal.

Feb 13, 2016 11:59 PM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Amazing to me that I have had an upturn of buyers this year who only want to work with the listing agent.  So my answer is YES.  I too am puzzled, but happy to be working with them.  Maybe it is a change in REALTORS are being perceived by the public.  If we are perceived as doing what needs to be done to get the property sold, I think that may be a very good thing.

Feb 13, 2016 11:45 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Not a spike, but it happens frequently. Some of them think that the listing agent will know more about the property (possibly, not if I'm the buyer's agent - we dig deep); some think the listing agent will tell them 'what the seller will take' (NOPE, even if we know) and some think the listing agent will dig into their pockets to make the deal and the buyer will somehow 'get' part of that unused commission (NO). And some would rather have the 'lower grief factor' of having only one agent involved (possible). Whether we choose to work with those consumers and take on the liability of dual agency will depend on which of the above.

Feb 13, 2016 11:16 PM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Yes, buyers are doing their homework online and contacting listing agents directly.

Feb 14, 2016 12:41 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I can't say I have seen a spike but I get that somewhat often every year

Feb 13, 2016 11:39 PM
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Feb 13, 2016 11:33 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Denver is a very strong seller's market, and buyers think if they go through the listing agent, they will have a leg up on the other buyers with multiple offers.

Feb 16, 2016 09:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Not a spike as there always seems to be a segment of the buying pool who thinks will get them a better deal.  

Feb 15, 2016 10:39 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Peter - I have not noticed this, and would wonder why they would want to do that?

Feb 15, 2016 12:40 PM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

Good morning Peter,

Yes, I have, very interesting that you asked:)

Feb 14, 2016 10:33 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Feb 14, 2016 10:04 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Feb 14, 2016 08:49 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Have not noticed in my area!

Feb 14, 2016 07:58 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Peter Mohylsky . Right now we are in a real screwy market. There are a lot of buyers and very little inventory.

Feb 14, 2016 05:26 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Peter. When a prospective buyer mentions it to me, I discourage it.

Feb 14, 2016 04:53 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

There are always a part of buyers who believe they get a better deal working directly with a listing agent. Let them be. 

Feb 14, 2016 04:02 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Peter Mohylsky well, I see it other way round. I have more buyers at a given time then ever....

Feb 14, 2016 03:13 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I haven't, and it's a little unusual here.

Feb 14, 2016 02:24 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Number one on the list of Buyer mistakes.  "I can get a better deal if I go directly to the Listing Agent!"

    The only way you the Buyer might get a better deal is if you can convince the Listing Broker to give you a piece of the commission (cash rebates are legal in Florida, with full disclosure to all parties including the Lender).  But that rarely happens.

Feb 14, 2016 01:32 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  I still see people doing their own research and then we hear from their realtor later.

Feb 14, 2016 11:43 AM
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

No, I haven't noticed a difference. 

Feb 14, 2016 09:20 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

No, I haven't noticed that.  In Virginia that is dual agency which most agents avoid like the plague.

Feb 14, 2016 09:03 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I haven't noticed that and I have a large supply of listings. I really see no change in the calls and the reasons for the call.

Feb 14, 2016 05:47 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

They think that buyers agents drive up the cost and they will save

Feb 14, 2016 05:06 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Not here, Peter.

Feb 14, 2016 04:56 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Can't understand why they think the listing agent would be working for the buyer and not the seller who hired them???

Feb 14, 2016 04:43 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

I haven't seen a spike per se, but a lot of confusion on the buyer side as it relates to those finding listings online.

Feb 14, 2016 04:32 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I haven't noticed. Many buyers just don't understand how some things in real estate work.

Feb 14, 2016 03:53 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It hasn't spiked here, but is a fairly steady phenomenon.  Those looking on Zillow, Trulia as well as other sites should be able to identify the listing agent.

Feb 14, 2016 03:48 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Selling bank owned homes, most cash buyers do want to work direct with the listing agent

Feb 14, 2016 03:23 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Not a new thing in my area. It is not uncommon for a buyer to want me, at the LA, to represent them.  It is either one of two things (1) they feel they can win in multiple offer situations (2) they are going to get a much better "deal" ... neither are true. I won't represent them.

Feb 14, 2016 02:09 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It depends on the area.  Many here are experiencing this.  A

Feb 14, 2016 02:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No and once I explain to them why they shouldn't, they get it!

Feb 14, 2016 01:50 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No. Buyer agents are very common in our market.

Feb 14, 2016 01:48 AM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

We always dealt with the listing agent directly whenever we bought our homes. The less people involved the better.

Feb 14, 2016 01:26 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Just the normal amount of investors that are disillusioned into to thinking this is an advantage for them. I was asked by 4/22 buyers on my last listing to represent them. I gave them over to my partner and remained arms-length from them.

Do they really think we'd sell out our sellers for them? Do they think I do not charge per side of the transaction? Twice the liability, twice the pay...I may lower the fee for the seller in that instance, but that's the only advantage for that buyer; less cost to the seller. However the investors typically negate the commission adjustment, with too low a cash offer.

...and the wheels on the bus go round and round.

Feb 14, 2016 01:01 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

No, can't say I have seen a change, but there are alwayas buyer who think they can get a better deal by going direct and don't the disadvantages

Feb 14, 2016 12:53 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Age-old thinking that they will get better deal by going 'directly' to the listing agent.  Lots of good comments ahead of mine.

Feb 14, 2016 12:49 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

we HAVE been noticing many more buyer calls....those for whom I market ARE listing agents.... they all have homes to sell and want to buy.... I think it's because they have a house to sell, but they want to work with the same agent for both transactions.... we DO act as BUYER AGENTS when we represent OUR SELLERS..... and it works well for everyone.... we know that we have a firm handle on the status of their home sale and can confidently go forth and sell them a home at the appropriate time....and many are looking for a new home...we have new construction in our inventory...and many are buying a home to be built...custom.... and that gives everyone plenty of time to sell their home....we're preselling our new homes...haven't even hit mls yet!!

Feb 14, 2016 12:40 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't think I have seen much difference over my career. The idea is that you will get a better price. 

Feb 14, 2016 12:26 AM