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Florida law requires that prior to viewing property with a real estate agent. that agent must be one of these things to you:

A. Single Agent - There are two types of single agents
a. Buyers Agent - This is where the realtor works only in the best interest of the buyer.

b. Sellers Agent - Works only in the best interest of the Seller and works counter to the buyers best interest trying to get the most money for the seller. If you see an ad or yard sign there is a good chance this person is a Sellers Agent

B. Transactional Agent- This is where the agent is to work for each party "equally". Many listing agents are using this listing agreement to show that they are on all sides. Now lets be practical- if they are playing the middle, then who is gaining from this agreement?

If you were selling your home wouldn't you want someone to work in your best interest and get you the most money possible? The same applies if you are buying a home - you want someone to get you the best deal for your money.

A. There is nothing to sign, no fees to pay, or extra costs involved.

B. When purchasing a re-sale we always negotiate in the best interest of the buyer and the listing agent must split their commission with us. If you go directly to them they keep it all and your best interest may not be represented.

C. New Developments or Builders pay our commission. Your price is not higher because you use us but it may be lower. They are happy to pay us, as in SW Florida, 50% of all buyers in new developments purchase with the aid of outside agents. If this arrangement were not in place then they would have to at least double their advertising budget and not have hundreds of agents making an effort to bring them customers.

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