Agents just think of it sometimes as that hard question nobody wants to ask. It's personal, too. Plus, they might not want to hear the answer. I think that's why some agents say, Sure, I'll show you that house. Meet you there in 10 minutes. Without a moment's hesitation. Then, they show up and the buyer says, "Hey, I thought you were the listing agent. Thanks for driving over here for nothing."
So the agent slaps her head, blaming herself: darn, if I had just asked the stupid question I could have avoided this. But the problem is the way an agent asks the question. Nobody should ever ask: are you working with an agent? That is a set up for direct failure. There is a better question to ask that serves the same purpose.
You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Sacramento Agents Should Never Ask if a Home Buyer Has an Agent.
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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.
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