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Your Agent May Not Represent You

Q.  I wrote an offer on a home but feel as though the listing agent is not representing me. What can I do?

A.  You're right. The listing agent does not represent you. When you deal directly with the listing agent, that Realtor must act as a Transaction Broker or offer no brokerage relationship which means they can not represent you exclusively.  Think of the Realtor in this scenario as a facilitator. You wouldn't use your spouse's attorney in a divorce so why would you use the seller's agent when making one of the largest investments of your life? The only way to have an agent represent you exclusively is to have your agent act in a single agency capacity.  So before you engage in any real estate transaction, ask your agent who they may be surprised.

Have a real estate question or need some sound advice?  Call or text Phyllis Staines at (904) 476-7653 or email Every question will receive a response and may be chosen to appear in Saturday's Times Union newspaper.



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