Under Washington Law, there is only one (1) ONE individual, out of the thousands and thousands of licensed agents, who represents the seller.
Every single other agent, of the other skazillion agents in the State, represents the buyer of that house when discussing that house with a consumer. Even if that discussion is with the seller, the agent who is talking to the seller is doing so as a representative of a buyer, if he is not THE one and only listing agent. (Forget Designated Brokers and Branch Managers for a minute.)
I represent buyers 50% to 70% of the time. But when I am the Listing Agent, my duty is clear. When I am entering data in the mls, I must have my thinking cap on and enter that data to the seller’s best advantage, within the rules, of which there are many.
Washington State is one of the only States in the Country with this legal setup that limits the seller’s representation to one single, individual.
So far you have been telling me that having all of the skazillion agents in the State representing the Buyer isn’t good enough for you. You want the one and only lone person charged with representing the seller in a fiduciary capacity to enter the data “in the best interests of the buyer”.
Don’t you think that’s just a little “off”? Can’t the seller have ONE person who does things in HIS best interest? Just ONE please? That person happens to be the person who enters the data in the mls. If you can convince most of these, who don’t know any better, listing agents to do that to the buyer vs. seller’s advantage…well the pendulum will have swung. Bad enough we’re down to one person who represents the seller out of thousands and thousands of agents. Now you want that guy too.
I’m cleaning my house and my office. I think I’m gonna need that Big Red Dog. Giles, you really got my dander up. What you accused me of is tantamount to slander. Trust me. There is not ONE agent in the ENTIRE COUNTRY who understands FIDICIARY DUTIES better than I do. And my fiduciary duty when entering mls data is to the seller. My fiduciary duty when representing the buyer is to understand that the guy who entered the data represents the seller and not the buyer , and I need to do my “due diligence” and not rely on that in any way, shape or form.
I have a counter offer coming in…you guys chew on that for awhile.