Is it awkward to use an agent to help us buy a home, but not to sell our current home?

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Dave,

My wife and I are getting ready to put our home on the market, but we’re considering not using an agent. We actually have two different sets of friends who have expressed interest in buying our home once it’s up for sale.

Finding a new home is a different story though. We’d love to hire an agent to help us as we believe they’ll add a great deal of value to our home search/buying experience. Is it weird or rude to hire an agent to help us by a home, but not use them to list/sell our home? Thanks in advance for helping us avoid an awkward situation!

Grant & Molly, Grand Junction


Grant & Molly,

As long as you are up front with the agent you choose, I think you will avoid any awkwardness at all. It is not unusual to not use an agent if you already have potential buyers who are interested in your home. When you approach an agent about working with you to find your new home, just let them know what your situation is and I am confident they will understand and be supportive in any way they can. If your agent does not understand or makes it awkward at all, find another agent.

I have always found if you are up front and honest about your situation or what it is you need, you will most likely avoid most awkward situations.

What you might find is that if neither of your prospective buyers actually come to fruition, you might need some help in getting your home marketed and sold after all. Keeping this in mind, I would recommend you evaluate agents knowing that there is a chance you will need them to not only help you find a new home, but potentially also help you facilitate the sale of your existing one...if your current prospects flame out. I have always found if you are up front and honest about your situation or what it is you need, you will most likely avoid most awkward situations. Things get awkward when people make assumptions and don’t communicate, in this case you will be eliminating assumptions by being very up front in directly communicating your needs. Best of luck and hopefully your friends come through!

Dave Kimbrough
The Kimbrough Team

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