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Buyers, Open Houses, Plain Talk and Good Manners 101


Buyers, Open Houses, Plain Talk and Good Manners 101

Buyers and open houses

As you get out to start looking at homes, please let open house Realtors® know you are working with someone...if you have a Realtor®

Some things buyers may not be aware of:

  • The open house Realtors® are there to find new clients and would like to consider you as THEIR new client. It creates a problem if you are working with a Realtor® and the Open House Realtor® shows a house to you that you want to put an offer on.
  • Instead of calling a listing agent or a For Sale By Owner from a sign in the yard... call your own Realtor®. They represent you...not the seller. Let them do your research and negotiating.
  • It costs you nothing to be represented by your own Realtor® when you are out touring, putting an offer on a home and working to a successful closing. A good agent will make it look easy, but there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work to be done.
  • Commission is paid to a Realtor® at closing by the sellers, not the buyers. The rate was determined long before you looked at the house by the seller and his listing agent.
  • Realtors® pay for their own gas, wear and tear on their car, Internet, MLS board fees, advertising and are NOT paid by brokerages by the hour.
  • Pick a good Realtor® and stick with them. Be loyal to them and they will be loyal to you. Do you like to date someone that is constantly looking over your shoulder? I thought know it's not nice to cheat.
  • Don't write an offer with another agent while you are working with your present one. Do you think we don't have feelings??
  • Trust your Realtor® to do their best for you. It's a tough world out there on your own to buy a home. Your professional agent has all the correct documents that will be needed for your offer, contract and inspections.
  • Realtors® know the best people to get your loan, home inspections, attorneys, etc. Trust their experience with other professionals that know how to get to a successful closing. Ask who they know that is good. Don't put your blind faith in some Internet website that doesn't have local people you know. It's a good way to never see a closing on a home you have your heart set on.

Bottom line is have some faith in your Realtor®. They work hard for your loyalty and trust.

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*Buyers, Open Houses, Plain Talk and Good Manners 101*

Comment balloon 17 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • March 04 2010 09:24PM


This is very good advice to buyers.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 9 years ago

Excellent advice for buyers! So true! 

If your agent isn't satisfying your needs, ask them to break up & find a better one!

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID) almost 9 years ago

Great advice to buyers, but sadly many buyers are oblivious and have no idea how buyer agency representation works.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) almost 9 years ago

A nice post and it is important to buyres to be informed.. and to seek representation to protect  their interests.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 9 years ago

Lizette, Excellent information.  I love to sell my own listings at an open house, but I tell all prospective buyers, I will assist them, but only represent my seller. 

Posted by Dan Tabit (Keller Williams Bellevue) almost 9 years ago


It is the behind the scenes work we do that so many just don't realize. This is a complicated business that takes real expertise.

Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) almost 9 years ago

Great Information Liz! It amazes me what they dont' want to hear and do.

Posted by Marie Westerman, New Homes Sales Specialist Evans GA REALTOR (Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate/ Wilson Parker Homes) almost 9 years ago

Sure, that's a great advise to buyers !   btw the best thing to do as a buyer is if they want to use that agent then they need to find another house so that agent can look their best interests :) haha ! :P

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) almost 9 years ago

Excellent job with this Lizette. It all seems so obvious to us, but so very difficult to get the customer to comprehend.

Posted by Jim Palmer, Washington County, Florida (Chipola Realty - Chipley Office (850) 638-2777) almost 9 years ago

Lizette, Great post. Good advice for buyers.Thanks for the post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 9 years ago

I feel like typing your blog on the back of my cards!  Great pic

Posted by Laura Sargent (Carolina One Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

I thought I'd write this last night because sometimes we just get blindsided by bad behavior when we least see it coming. We really work hard to make things happen for our clients.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 9 years ago


I really like the storefront a lot.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

When I think of Kentucky, I always think of the ambience associated with the Kentucky Derby instead of Shit Creek...Sometimes our buyers need some reminders about who we are and what we do!  Have a good weekend! Cherise

Posted by Cherise Selley, Colorado Springs Realtor (Selley Group Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago
Cherise - I usually think of the Derby too. The stoerfront was just too funny and fit in with my mood at the time of writing. Hope you enjoy your weekend!
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 9 years ago

Never seeses to amaze me how many people call our office on properties instead of their agent. I even had someone recently say they were so frustrated because everything they found was already under contract. I asked him if he had an agent - "oh yes we call him coach and we love him" - does he have you on a home search "well no" - and your calling our office instead of coach "well yes" - mmmm what is coach doing?

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) almost 9 years ago

Nice graphic, potty mouth.

Posted by Andrew J. Lenza (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

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