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Don’t Call Me, Call Your Agent


PhonePlease don’t call me, Mr. Seller, because I represent the buyer of your Crofton home – not you.

Agency law is very specific in Maryland, as I’m sure it is in other states where real estate agents have a fiduciary obligation to their clients.  (Not in every state.)

This means I owe my client (among other things):
CONFIDENTIALITY and EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATION.

 

It’s nothing personal, Mr. Seller.  You’re very nice.  Your agent is very nice.  My client is very nice.  Heck, I’m very nice, too.  But please understand this:

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Congratulations, if you negotiated a rock-bottom brokerage fee with your listing agent and company in exchange for limited services.  That’s called competition, and both the National Association of REALTORS and the U.S. Department of Justice agree that consumers should have a right to seek lower fees/fewer services.  Neither you nor your agent can assume that I will perform any of those services on your behalf, however, because my legal, more and ethical obligations are to the buyers… exclusively.

“Good intentions” would be no defense in the event you, your agent, my client, or the Maryland Real Estate Commission interpreted anything I said or did as a violation of my fiduciary responsibilities to my client.  So I have to insist:  please respect my role in your home sale. 

I’m sure we all have the same goal… for you and my clients to live happily ever after.  Unfortunately, I can’t assist you beyond ministerial acts – you’ll have to handle matters yourself or rely on your listing agent, who has the same fiduciary responsibilities under Maryland law to you that I have to the buyers.

For more information about this topic, Crofton home sellers and buyers can click on this link to Understanding Whom Real Estate Agents Represent which details this information for consumers.

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