Ask Cari: Do you ever represent BOTH the buyer and seller in one transaction?

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An #AskCari Question: Do you ever represent BOTH the buyer and seller in one transaction?

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Transcript of Cari’s answer

I do not represent the buyer and the seller in the same transaction, trying to buy and sell the exact same house, with one exception, which I’ll get to in a second. But the reason I don’t is that the seller — if I’m the listing agent, the seller has hired me to sell that house, and I am representing the seller on that transaction.

It’s difficult for me to represent both a buyer and a seller on the same transaction because they’re working at cross purposes. The seller wants to sell the house for the most money that they can. The buyer wants to get it for the lowest amount of money that they can. And I don’t see how I personally could represent both a buyer and a seller who are working for different things.

A lot of my colleagues do. Hats off to them. I personally don’t like to do it.

The reason it’s okay with new construction, which is my one exception with new construction, basically it’s kind of a list of, “these are the things I want. This is what these things cost. Okay, let me get that taken care of for you.” So it’s not really a matter of trying to get a better deal or trying to get the price up. The price of new construction is what it is.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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