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Dealing with Unrepresented Buyers in Real Estate | Protecting Your Sale & Earnings Post NAR Settlement

 

When you're a listing agent today and coming into the NAR settlement, which will happen in mid-July, but you're going to start to see this already: You're going to see a rise of unrepresented buyers.

These are going to be buyers that are going to be knocking on your door as a listing agent saying, I'm unrepresented. I want to make an offer on your listing. Are you going to, as the listing agent, treat them the same as if they're represented, or are you going to treat 'em differently?

This is interesting. I just saw a top agent, he did an internal study with his team, and he found…

70% of the deals that came from unrepresented buyers in his market where people knock on his door failed.

So think about that, and I believe that to be true because they just don't have somebody walking them through the process. When I'm sitting with my seller, I need to have an unrepresented buyer conversation going forward. And here's what that conversation might look like:
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“Mr. And...

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How to Navigate the Surge of Unrepresented Buyers in Real Estate

         

We’re facing a dilemma here:

With the impending changes in buyer representation, there's talk about some agents taking zero BAC listings—charging a fee but listing it as zero.

Now, think about it: Buyers looking at these listings may opt to go unrepresented, thinking they can handle it all. So, as a listing agent, taking these listings, the question arises:

What do you do when an unrepresented buyer wants you to facilitate the sale without the BAC?

Considering the surge of unrepresented buyers, it's time to discuss this with sellers. You may still charge your standard listing fee but need to charge a bit more for dealing with an unrepresented buyer.

Why?

Because you're essentially doing double the work for potentially half the pay.

You're handling everything from financing and inspections to appraisals and negotiations.

You've got to communicate this to sellers. Due to changes in the market, unrepresented buyers...

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