Before you look at even ONE house, from IN or even ON an owner’s property, you need to understand the basic framework put into place before the home was listed for sale.
A “For Sale” sign is not a “license to trespass” on someone else’s property.
You are basically walking into the middle of a commission structure AND instruction for your being able “to see it” structure, that is already in place. This arrangement was set BEFORE it was listed for sale by the owner of the property, and that owner’s agreement with “the mls system” and his agent, before the For Sale sign was put in front of the house.
It is something you must comply with, and so something you need to FULLY understand BEFORE you step on or in someone’s private property.
This is true when you walk into any home that is for sale AND listed via an mls system. You do not have permission to go on or in an owner’s private property, except via the owner’s permission or via an agent who is a member of the mls system. That includes opening the owner’s gate and going in their yard and peeking in their windows. There is no entitlement to trespass on an owner’s property just because it is “for sale”. Some think if a property is vacant and there is a For Sale sign out front, that gives them the “right” to trespass on the property and peek in the windows. It does not.
Without permission from someone with the authority to give you that permission…that is called trespassing. Those with the authority to give you that permission to step ON or IN an owner’s property, do not do that “for free”. You should not be going in or on someone’s property without understanding that you are paying for that privelege by doing so, as the structure to pay someone to let you on or in is already in place via the seller so that you CAN see it. You can’t ask to be on the owner’s property and then try to DICTATE that the seller CAN’T pay the person who provided that access for you.
That is not a FREE “service” and the seller has already promised to pay someone to afford you the opportunity to be on and in his property.
Below is a comment I made on Craig’s post to assist him in knowing what he can and cannot “promise” to give away.
If and when a Buyer includes a portion of “Do It Yourself – DIY” into the scenario to “save money”, they must do so without the “use” of agents…be that the Seller’s Agent or a Buyer’s Agent. Doing some of it YOURSELF…must be YOURSELF and not yourself in the room with an agent whom you do not plan to use to represent you in a real estate transaction.
IF you plan to use an Alternative Business Model or Traditional Agent who will PAY you for the portion you choose to handle “by yourself”, you need to hire them in advance of seeing any home. You also need to be certain that the portion of “rebate” you are looking to get is for work that YOU did with no agent contact whatsoever, outside of the agent you hire to represent you.
Below is the reason WHY, and also my response to Craig who asked the question in the Rain City Guide post previous to this one. Below is my comment, in response to his quandary, in its entirety.
“Let’s assume for a minute that there is a 6% commission set by the seller to his purpose of selling his home, of which the original referring agent (the Listing Agent) and the “Procuring Cause