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Ask the REALTOR: Can I look at open houses on my own, or do I need to go with my agent?

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Ask the REALTOR® is a regular video series in which I answer your most commonly-asked real estate questions, with a new Q&A posting every week. If YOU have a real estate question for me, drop me a note here.

This week’s question: Can I look at open houses on my own, or do I need to go with my agent? Here’s the answer in this brief video, and don’t miss the transcript below.

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Transcript:

Hi. This is Cari McGee with Keller Williams Realty. Welcome to this week’s episode of “Ask The Realtor.” Every week, I answer questions from buyers and sellers, and pretty much everyone in between, regarding real estate.

This week’s question is, “May I go looking at open houses on my own, or do I need to go with my agent?”

You can absolutely go looking at open houses on your own. It is recommended, however, that you be prepared to give your agent’s name and number away to whomever is holding the house open. For example, some agents I know will give their clients business cards, and will instruct their clients to present that to the agent that’s holding the house open, and say, you know, “My name is so-and-so, and I’m coming in to look. I am being represented in my home search by X.” And that way the agent knows that you are not someone that they can try to obtain as a client, because you’re already spoken for. You’re being represented by another agent.

So, by all means, though, have fun looking at houses and open houses around you, if you care to, and just make sure that you make the agent who is holding the house open aware that you are being represented by someone else.

Hope that answers the question, and I hope you have a fantastic week. Talk to you next week. If you have any real estate questions for me, by all means reach out via any of the methods on the following screen. Thanks. Bye, bye.

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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. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016. I am on the Budget and Finance Committee there, as well. I love serving the citizens of this community, and my fellow Realtors, too. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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