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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I do review the BA with them and if they sign at the first meeting, fine. If not, I'll send them home with it after our first meeting to review.

Most of the time they sign because they understand that I'm representing the seller as a sub-agent until they do. It's for their protection as much as mine.

Mar 18, 2019 08:42 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I have not. It hasn't been a part of my practice. I have attempted to make connections and work in that direction.  There is a conversation but no signing. 

Mar 19, 2019 04:08 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

No but we have that question before we get too deep.

Mar 19, 2019 03:35 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

No not a fan, I prefer building a relationship based on trust, 80% of my buyers become repeat clients because of it... and if I force fed them a buyer broker agreement maybe fewer repeat clients... but what do I know, Endre

Mar 19, 2019 12:02 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

No, no one does it in here. Unfortunately. 

Mar 18, 2019 11:03 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

YES it is a must for my protection and to let them know what to expect

Mar 19, 2019 05:32 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the team members will not work with a buyer unless there is a buyer's agreement fully executed.... we won't waste our time showing property to someone who slips into an open house and buys it without us....

Mar 19, 2019 05:28 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Yes, because if they are unwilling to sign a buyers rep agreement and get pre qualified they are just wasting your time.

Mar 19, 2019 04:45 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Absolutely, cannot legally represent them until it is signed, and treating them as a customer is very likely to lead to an Implied Agency situation, which can cost you your license and more.

Mar 19, 2019 04:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't... at the end of the day if they really want out of the agreement they will get it... afterall, are you going to hold them hostage? Usually buyers are asking me if they need to sign something. I discuss agency with them and they understand what will need to be done at the right time. Can't say I've ever had a buyer "stiff" me. Once they get a sense of the value and services I provide to them, they don't see the need to work with other agents. But I do have them sign prior to our making an offer on any homes so I can properly represent them.

Mar 19, 2019 04:19 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

We are required to use them, but we don't have to get them signed right off the bat.

Mar 19, 2019 04:10 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

If I had known then what I know now I would have done this when I started 17 years ago.  Its a solid business practice if you work with buyers mostly.

Mar 19, 2019 03:06 AM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Under ideal circumstances yes. More often than not it occurs sometime in the early process as we get more serious about making an offer.

Mar 19, 2019 03:05 AM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

99.9% of the time. Too many temptations for buyers to be pulled astray

Mar 19, 2019 06:49 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No, I would rather cut them loose if I feel they are not to be trusted.

Mar 19, 2019 06:26 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

The MLS Police would love to fine you if you said no. Also you want to because you can lose out- I've shown buyers a property & then received offers from another Realtor with that buyer's name on the offer! 

Mar 19, 2019 05:57 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

As Agency is a must, yes.

If it is the agreement that they will only work with me, no!

To me, my integrity is better than a piece of paper that a lot of agents use here and never fulfill their commitment!

Mar 19, 2019 05:09 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Never was a fan when I was active. Like Endre Barath, Jr. , I worked on the theory of trust and building a relationship. Call me old fashioned!

Mar 19, 2019 04:05 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

I don't. I'm warming up to the idea but I have a dilemma. Before I got my license I personally would not sign one when I bought my home. I was not going to bind myself to someone I just met and hope they give me good service. And just on principle, I have a tough time asking others to do something I would not. Perhaps I can present Buyer Agency in such away to solve my dilemma (easy exit if they are not satisfied kind of thing).  However it's not a big problem for me. In 19 years I've only lost 1 buyer that I could have gone after if I had a buyer agency in place so it's not much of an issue for me one way or the other.

Mar 19, 2019 07:39 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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Mar 19, 2019 07:29 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Never have, never will.

Mar 19, 2019 05:48 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

They have to sign a representation agreement here in IL. I do not use a BBA because of it.

Mar 19, 2019 05:09 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

Really, why?


Mar 19, 2019 07:26 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

It's required, but don't always get them signed at the beginning. But do get them sign at some point. 

Mar 19, 2019 06:15 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I do not. I never have in 16+ years.  My relationships are built on trust. It works for me. 

Mar 19, 2019 09:49 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm starting to, but it's not an easy thing out here.

Mar 19, 2019 07:50 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I don't require it.  I review the concept, what they can expect of me & what I should be able to expect of them.  I don't think they're worth the paper they're written on the the conversation seems to work just fine. 

Mar 19, 2019 01:32 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Yes because it's the law in my state and it's a good idea.

Mar 19, 2019 01:11 PM
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Sure do. Required in Ga. if you represent the buyer.

Mar 19, 2019 10:48 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Why not? However how it is presented is where the work is not in the agreement itself....

Mar 19, 2019 10:33 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I should. But this is not a local practice.

Mar 19, 2019 07:49 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

With new buyers, I usually take them out one full day, then get this in writing.

Mar 29, 2019 03:26 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I always explain it to them first and yes if they sign I will take them out and work for them.


Mar 23, 2019 11:04 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have never forced a potential client to sign a contract to work with me.

Mar 20, 2019 02:49 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

It depends.  In some cases, it we did not do it, especially if the corporation we were working with needed to use their attorneys to review the agreement and the principal was not allowed to sign without their review.  We has a work around.  A

Mar 19, 2019 12:16 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Follow the regulations in your state and protect your agency status.

Mar 19, 2019 10:17 AM