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Aug. 5, 2019

Giant Scissors

Giant Scissors

One snip makes everything official.

I'm the chair-elect of the Advisory Board for the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, and until this past Saturday I had never seen such a giant pair of scissors in person.

There is something big about the start of a new business - something big enough that can only be started with a giant pair of scissors.

With my wife at my side, my kids helped me to cut the ribbon. That is a memory I will always cherish.

Flag City REALTORS® opened on May 1, 2019 so our ribbon cutting and open house was a great way to thank all of those who support us, and who had key roles in our successful start. 

I'm so proud of the team in this office. Each of our agents invests in their own education, and in protecting consumers' rights.

Your goal is our goal.

Every. Single. Time.

Thank you to the hundreds of people who joined us this past weekend. We are thankful for your trust, and we remain #InvestedInYou.

Posted in About Us
July 24, 2019

What is Dual Agency?

Should I just call the agent whose name is on the sign? Isn't the listing agent the best person to help me buy a house?

If you call the agent on the sign, they work for the seller, and if they also work with you they would become a "dual agent." They may know details about the house, but a dual agent certainly cannot represent the same way as a buyer's agent.

Here is why:

A dual agent is one who represents both the buyer and the seller in a real estate transaction. If you want to purchase a property and contact the listing agent to show the property, or to write an offer, that agent must act in a neutral capacity, per Ohio law. A dual agent cannot openly advocate for or against either party.

A dual agent becomes a "facilitator" instead of an advocate.

What does this mean for you? The choice in representation is yours to make. Real estate transactions can become tricky, and you have the right to your own representation for the transaction. Choose a buyer's agent that is properly credentialed and experienced to represent you.

What about when you sell your home. Do you want your agent to potentially represent both parties? You can ask your agent to only represent you in the transaction. Just as when you make a purchase, selling can become tricky, and you will likely come across a point of discussion where you need an advocate.

Keep in mind that dual agency is legal in the State of Ohio, and it can be practiced ethically and successfully, but the representation you hire is your choice as the consumer. 

Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or if you aren't sure where to begin, please call our team at Flag City REALTORS®. We are invested in you.

Posted in Real Estate Tips