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Look out for unethical behavior in realtors

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2022 | Residential Real Estate |

Realtors oversee the acquisitions of numerous types of property, ranging from large commercial buildings to family homes. Generally, they carry out this work with honesty and integrity.

Nonetheless, in a small number of cases, realtors may attempt to bend the rules and manipulate transactions.  What are some of the more common signs that a realtor may be acting unethically?

Generating false interest

You’ve been searching the property market every day for several months, meaning that you notice any changes or newly available properties.  The house that you have gone to view has only been on the market for a few days.  You’re one of the first to see it.  The realtor has informed you that they’ve already held a number of viewings, and an offer is imminent.  They say that you’ll probably lose out if you don’t secure the deal immediately after your appointment.  Creating false interest and buyers is one form of unethical behavior that realtors may use to pressure you into making an offer.

Exaggerating the property value

Not only is it in the best interest of the homeowner to get the highest price possible, but the realtor will also gain a larger commission for higher offers.  Before making an offer, it is in your best interest to conduct thorough research into the property’s location, age, and other specifics.  This will help you to determine a more accurate value.  If the price that the realtor has quoted is nowhere near that of other properties in the area, something could be amiss.

Realtors have a duty to behave ethically when showing real estate.  If you feel like you’ve been manipulated into making an offer on a house, then there are a host of legal options open to you.  Remember that it is always a good idea to have your own representation when you are looking to buy a house.

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