Long version (TLDR version at end):
A big question in my divorce is who will keep the house I’m living in now. Without a property appraisal, an understanding of HI law re divorce, etc., it wasn’t clear to me at first whether I’d want to keep it. A couple of months ago I met with a real estate agent to figure out my options for buying a different house. We looked at stuff on line; turns out there are plenty of options in my price range, which was extremely useful info.
As an old-school househunter (my STBX husband and I last purchased property in 2002 and 2010) I am used to touring properties with my agent. I was psyched to take an on-site look at the most promising properties. But with the internet, property searches have clearly changed. The agent made it clear she wouldn’t put herself out for actual physical visits until I knew for sure I was in the market to buy, which was totally fine by me; I don’t want to waste her time.
Well, weeks have passed, I know a lot more about how the divorce will go, and now I am ready to look seriously. But thanks to the internet, I don’t really need the agent to find potential candidates. I’ve just found a place (by my own search, not the agent’s, though I am guessing it will appear in the next tranche of candidates she emails me) that I want to look at for real. I don’t know if I am supposed to call the agent and ask her to set up a viewing, or contact the seller myself for now. I don’t intend to cut the agent out of the deal; I welcome her help when I deal with the ins and outs of closing the sale. But do I include her in my first tour of the properties that catch my interest, or just DIY and let her know when I’m serious about one?
TLDR: I have talked to a a RE agent and I am looking around at possible houses to buy. When I find a candidate, do I ask the agent to set up a viewing or do I just do that by contacting the seller’s agent, and only involve my agent when I’m getting serious about making an offer?