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Should a Buyer Contact the Listing Agent Directly?

If you’re out there looking for a home to buy, it would behoove you to hire a buyer’s agent first. Here’s why.

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If you’re out looking for a home to buy, can you just call a listing agent to set up a showing for a property you like? I get this question a lot from homebuyers so I wanted to answer it today.

The simple answer is yes, you are free to contact any listing agent that you come across who has a home for sale. However, most buyer’s agents do frown upon this practice because it puts you at a disadvantage. The buyer’s agent’s commission is typically covered by the seller, too.

If you do decide to see a home without talking to a buyer’s agent, know that if a listing agent asks you to sign an agreement in order to see a home, you don’t have to sign anything. There is no law in place that requires it and you should refuse to do so if asked.


You don’t have to hire a buyer’s agent to represent you, but I highly recommend it.


If you plan on taking a look at a property through a listing agent, you don’t have to have a buyer’s agent represent you, but I highly recommend it for a couple of reasons:

1. There is no commission charge for you.
2. The agent will start the process with your best interests in mind.

When does a buyer need their own agent? Just about any time that they’re serious about moving forward with a home. I’d actually recommend starting the process with a buyer’s agent so you don’t have to contact any listing agent at all.

If you have any questions for me or want any help buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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