Seller’s ProtocolUnexpected circumstances
Your agent should take every precaution to make sure your home is shown only to qualified buyers. This is mostly at the discretion of the buyer’s agent. As with any business transaction, there is an expected protocol to follow. Should you question any situation that arises during the sale of your home involving unsolicited inquiries into your home directed to you, notify your agent so the problem can be remedied.The aggressive buyer’s agent
When your agent puts your house on the market, typically all promotional materials state clearly that your agent is the primary contact for buyers and buyers’ agents. However, sometimes a buyer’s agent will contact a seller directly to try to either win over their business or cut the seller’s agent out of the deal. This is not reputable behavior and you should report it to your agent immediately if it happens to you.Unexpected Vendors
Putting your home on the market can trigger all kinds of unwanted junk mail. Selling your home requires all kinds of decisions and some unethical vendors will take advantage of this. Though MLS organizations enforce rules on how posted information is used, some companies have found ways to obtain information from various sources to produce mass mailing lists. If you find yourself regularly emptying your mailbox of junk, let your agent know. He or she can tap the appropriate sources to prompt an investigation into the matter.The anxious new buyer
Yard signs, Internet listings and other advertisements can generate a lot of activity regarding your home. Some prospective buyers – particularly first-timers – will be so excited and inpatient to see your home that they’ll simply drop by. If this happens, no matter how nice these unexpected visitors are, it’s best not to humor their enthusiasm by discussing your home or giving an impromptu tour. Politely let them know that your real estate agent is in charge of scheduling tours and provide them with the agent’s contact information. If you attempt to handle these surprise visits on your own, you might inadvertently disclose information that could hurt you during negotiations down the road.