John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent  928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)

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Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

John if that agent is working outside their area of expertise, as you know, that is not a good thing here in AZ.  The commissioner has made a big deal out of this issue this past number of years. That agent should simply refer the buyer to you and take a referral fee.  That is exactly what I would do.

Jul 24, 2016 08:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Yes. I would.   My job is to sell that listing for my client.  

Jul 25, 2016 02:57 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

yes....we have and will continue to.... that was a rule that I have had for decades....listing agents represent the seller and we are not going to police what and how the buyer agent thinks and works.... 

we have done the deal start to finish for one buyer agent from another area and that agent never saw the didn't matter to us....and a few years later, that new owner was selling and we were the listing agent....and that's how we do business...always moving forward and never allowing a bump in the road to derail us... 


Jul 24, 2016 10:34 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think that Anna Banana Kruchten has given you the answer for your particular issues.  Each state as she stated is different.  A

Jul 24, 2016 02:24 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I work for the Seller and my job is to get my listing seen and sold. That being said; if you don't prerequisite that agents or broker be present at all showings you don't have a leg to stand on. 

Jul 24, 2016 01:57 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I would do it if it was the only option but working a referral is probably a better option for all concerned.

Jul 24, 2016 12:10 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

If it is someone I know and they are just swamped yes, if it is someone out of town that just wants to collect a commission, no.

Jul 24, 2016 11:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It might depend on the circunstances, but I think it makes sense to work this buyer a a referral and of course confirm that's OK.

Jul 24, 2016 10:40 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm with Anthony Acosta " depends on the circumstance. " I've opened it as a favor for an agent I know..those favors pay off big time!

Jul 24, 2016 10:29 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

One listing, maybe.  But multiple properties?  No way.   I will take them as my Buyer client, and pay you a referral fee.

Jul 24, 2016 10:17 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

It depends on the circumstance.  I would have to talk to the buyers agent to find out why they can not be there.

Jul 24, 2016 09:52 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

I would accept a referral any day.

Jul 24, 2016 09:43 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Usually, when I've been asked to do this, it's been by an agent I know and like and who would do the same for me.  If it's a limited service agent from Mars, I might answer differently.  It would just depend on the circumstances.  I've sold homes pretty far from my own back yard, but I've always had my own means of entry - our lockbox cards work  over most of three states. 

Jul 24, 2016 09:42 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

John, I just commented on your post.  Referring to a local agent is my best practice. Part of my comment on your post is below. 

If a client is represented by an agent ... then the agent "should" be representing their client.  Now there's a concept! 

Jul 24, 2016 08:55 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Only if that agent is willing to relinquish their client to me. You see, there is a certain level of liability on what a prospect might claim was said during the showing. Why should I want an E & O claim without the commission benefit?

Jul 26, 2016 09:26 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

My job is to sell the listing, so yes, I'll show it to an agent's clients if they can't make the showing.  

Jul 25, 2016 09:45 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I have.  I do one courtesy showing for an out of area agent.  Anything more than that and I get paid.

Jul 25, 2016 05:27 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

absolutely not. period.

Jul 24, 2016 10:44 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It depends on the situation. If the agent called and asked me if I could let his/her buyer in because agent couldn't make it, then yes. if buyer called and just said he/she already had an agent, but wanted me to show them propery, I would ask a few questions befoe going out of my way to show them the property since I know nothing or very little about the potential buyers at that point. I think it's best to have a written referral ageeement before showing any properties in a scenario like that.

Jul 24, 2016 10:44 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
Avant Garde Residential Management Services - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I do not open a house without the other agent on board. I simply lock up the home.

Jul 24, 2016 10:35 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Follow the guidelines in your state.

Jul 24, 2016 10:08 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It depends on state laws.

Jul 24, 2016 09:44 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

No I would not - not to mention you would have to explain dual agency plus the actions of their realtor. People just don't get it about being out of the area.

Jul 24, 2016 09:30 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Generally, no... if the prospective buyer is under exclusive representation to another agent, they need to come with their agent or with that agent's colleague. I've never had an issue where the agent didn't come because they were operating outside of their area of expertise... only because they were unavailable for some reason and I'm not inclined to do their job for them. I know I would never put one of my clients into the hands of another agent.

Jul 24, 2016 08:48 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

John Mosier - as Anna Banana Kruchten mentioned in her answer.... you should be referred by this outside agent. 

Jul 24, 2016 04:33 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I had the same question in this section and surprisingly about half answers supported a showing the listing to a client of someone else, even if there is no agent anywhere around. 

Jul 24, 2016 04:18 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Yes, I am easy to work with and want to make my seller happy. If I have to show it then so be it.

Jul 24, 2016 01:09 PM
Toronto, ON

It would depend on the situation.

Jul 24, 2016 01:01 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It depends on the agent...It may be one I work with often and I will accomodate them as they would me, and have

Jul 24, 2016 12:20 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

If the goal is to get it sold and the viewer is a serious buyer.  Having the buyer referred to you is a good way to do it too.

Jul 24, 2016 10:50 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I just got one it looks like spam to me....

Jul 24, 2016 09:52 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

John Mosier Most likely, yes. But, it depends on the agent.

Jul 24, 2016 08:50 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When I list, I want to sell. Whatever it takes to do so is what I get paid for

Jul 24, 2016 08:38 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I will show my property to a consumer... and I will not require that the buyer be turned over to me, nor that I get a referral fee.

My duty the seller, is to get his property sold.... and not to put "obstacles" in the path of a potential buyer, merely to gain add'l commission.

I will reach out to the agent, to confirm the story... but I will happily show the property.

Jul 24, 2016 08:37 AM