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04 August 2016 @ 10:13 pm
4 Aug '16  
Work status good. Agent for Perfect House is coming over saturday morning to talk about being our agent too (saves us headaches). Talked to mortgage broker, preapproval numbers should be ready tomorrow. People coming over saturday evening to help pack. Moved some things around and our first stack of staged packed bins is in its proper place (instead of taking up half the living room).

Then - literally as I was going to bed - got some shitty shitty news about someone being in hospital. This fucking year, people.
irgthirgth on August 6th, 2016 04:38 pm (UTC)
unsolicited advice based on a small sample size/personal experience:

I've bought a house using a dual agent, and that agent wasn't particularly motivated to work in my best interest. This was my first real estate transaction, and I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. As a condition of my loan, I had to take a first time buyers course, where I learned (too late) that I was doing everything wrong. It did all end up working in my favor, but only because the appraisal came in way lower than original negotiated price.

I later sold that house using my own agent, and got about 20% more than I would have had I tried to sell it on my own. Current house I bought directly from the person I was renting it from, saving a significant amount.

I've been working with Redfin, and that experience has been so-so (have given up looking though). Redfin agents will put in whatever offer you want, but don't seem to offer much advice/guidance.

If the agent offers to reduce their commission on the perfect house since they are acting as dual agent, I'd consider it. If not, I'd take that as a sign that you should get your own agent.