We are thinking very seriously about moving to a smaller city two hours south of Calgary (Lethbridge), and I’ve been looking at MLS listings online for Lethbridge. I saw a house that we’d really like to see, so I contacted the listed real estate agent. We made arrangements to see the house in question, and he sent me a list of other listings he had that would fit our requirements. I looked at them and saw two other houses that we’d like to see.
Since we’re still in Calgary, I asked if we could see all three on Saturday, next weekend - we’d make the trip down there and see a bunch of houses at once. The real estate agent came back with, he’s busy, but he has an associate who can show us a few houses, but we have to pay her for her time.
I’ve never heard of this before - my understanding is that real estate agents get paid in commission - if we do decide to move to Lethbridge, he would have gotten our purchase commission, since even if we didn’t buy one of these houses, we would have continued on with him finding us a house.
I can see from his point of view that we weren’t a guaranteed sale, since we haven’t even decided to move there yet, but that’s the nature of the beast for real estate agents - you do lots of showings before you get one sale.
What do you think? Should we not be asking any real estate agents to show us any properties until we make a definite decision? Just go to Lethbridge and take a chance on any open houses that are available at the time?