Dual agency is when the same person is the agent for both the parties involved – buyer and the seller. Dual agency has both pros and cons. In this article, Zack Childress, a real estate agent reviews the cons of dual agencies. To get an insight into the pros of dual agencies, check Zack Childress review on pros of dual agencies.
Agents do not do a fair job
Agents do not do a fair job when they represent both the parties. They sometimes don’t represent the interests of either side properly.
Divulgence of vital information
Just because the same agent represents both the sides, it does not mean that crucial information will be disclosed. For instance: the seller may have told the agent that he will accept lowest price under certain situations. But, the agent cannot reveal this information to the buyer as this means that he is giving away the sellers property. He can do so only with the seller’s permission. Similarly, the agent cannot disclose to the seller that the buyer is willing to pay a higher price for the property unless he has been authorized by the buyer to do so.
Reduced offers for the sellers
A dual real estate agent may limit home showings for the seller’s property to secure the property for the buyer. This is bad for the seller as he may not get the best price for his property. The dual agent restricts home showings unless it is sight unseen. This can cost the seller a chunk of the price.
Legal options are much lower
When legal problems arise, you can file only one law suit against a single agent or a single agency. There will be only one broker insurance company to aid you in paying the damages.
Dual agents may say anything to make things happen
Dual agents may say lots of lies to bring about deals. Dual agents get full commission on deals and hence will be do anything to sell the home. They may not give you proper advice and give you a good picture of the real market scenario. They may give away the property. If you want to go in for dual agency, you need to do a study on real estate lies. If you feel that the agent is hiding something from you or misrepresenting things, then you can fire the agent.
There may be a clash of interests
A buyer’s agent must be able to get the lowest possible price for the buyer whereas the seller’s agent should get the highest possible price for the buyer. So the agent is caught amidst conflicting interests. In this case, the agent may have to overlook the interests of one party over the other. Generally, the agent favors the seller since he is going to get a percentage of the selling price as his fee.
These are some of the disadvantages of dual agency as reviewed by Zack Childress. Home buyers and sellers can read this and determine whether dual agency is suitable for them.