Buyer representation when buing a home in Charleston

Posted By Marshall Walker @ Jan 3rd 2010 3:00pm In: General

I just wanted to remind you that purchasing a home through the listing agent can leave a lot to be desired, you will not be adequately represented as the sellers agent will be representing the seller (first and foremost) through his brokerage.

  Lets be blunt though - many buyers feel that if they buy direct through the list agent that they will get a better deal - right? Perhaps...but many list agents will jump at the chance to make a double fact most brokerages will refuse to lower their commissions if they are representing both buyer and seller. ( keep in mind that the brokerage may have enormous liabilities in a dual agency sale)

  Second thing to remember that in a dual agency transaction the list agent actually represents both parties in a diminished capacity as SC State law says that the agent can no longer advise either party in a way that will benefit one over the other. (less work- more pay) However this means asking the seller prior to presenting an offer for the permission to represent both parties - basically withdrawing some of his representation and asking for more pay.  

So - remember - most sellers have already agreed to pay a buyers agents commissions in a transaction - it makes little sense to allow yourself to be self represented in the biggest purchase that you will ever make....

Call me for a buyers consultation today!   I represent home buyers when working for you, not home sellers.

Contact me if I can be of assistance or if you would like to view any homes for sale.


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Charleston, SC

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