A listing agent can be a homeowner’s best ally, if you are wanting to sell your house. Not so much if you are looking to buy.

A listing agent’s primary responsibility is to get the highest possible price for the seller, through a variety of means. They cover every aspect of the home selling process, from finding contractors to fix any last minute problems before showing the house, to staging, to negotiating the final price from bidders.

Contractually obligated to the seller through their Exclusive Listing Agreement, the agent works to do everything possible to satisfy the seller, and can save the homeowner a great deal of legwork for a fair commission.

If you are looking to buy a house, however, calling the listing agent whose number is on the “For Sale” sign out in front of your next dream house may not be a good idea, since they are working to get the highest price.

It is also important to note that you should be careful when communicating with a listing agent, as they are legally obligated to share any information you divulge, even in a casual conversation at a showing, to the seller if it would help with future price negotiations. Finding a buyer’s agent can be much more advantageous.

The experienced agents at Rocky Mountain Real Estate can help you on either side of the transaction. Contact us today and we will help you find the perfect property or get the best price for the property you want to sell.

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