If you aren’t ready to buy, you don’t need a real estate agent.
You can go to open houses by yourself and call listing agents for showings—but be honest.
Say you are “only shopping.” Look at homes online, but don’t waste an agent’s time if you aren’t ready to act.
Can you view a house without a realtor?
You can attend an open house, or call the seller or listing agent to ask for a tour. You should be clear with the listing agent that you are buying a home without an agent. If the listing agent asks you to sign any forms, have them reviewed by your attorney first.
Do I need a realtor if I already know what house I want?
First, you are never required to hire a real estate agent to represent you if you don’t want one. Yes, you can contact the sellers agent and have them write your offer for you, and present it to the seller. Second, having one less agent in the process does NOT necessarily mean more money for the seller.
Can any realtor show any house?
Any licensed real estate agent can show any home listed for sale in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Real estate agents get paid their commission if they are considered the procuring cause of the sale. Erroneously, many agents think simply showing a home entitles them to be deemed the procuring cause in a sale.
Do you have to pay a realtor if you don’t buy a house?
A: Typically you owe nothing to the Realtor and they usually cannot charge you anything as well. There are laws against what is called “advance fees” in the business. A: There are only very specific circumstances where a Realtor pursue you to have their commission paid.
Do you tip your realtor?
You should not tip your Realtor, in any way. It is neither expected or considered the standard practice. In fact, some real estate agents say that gifts or bonuses make them uncomfortable.
Are you supposed to give your realtor a gift?
No, not really. Realtors and other real estate agents rarely get gifts at closing. It’s not that their efforts aren’t appreciated by their clients, it’s that most home sellers and buyers are too busy moving after closing to think about delivering realtor closing gifts.