When it comes to real estate companies while there are many differences in terms of staff or real estate focus there are also similarities.
When I look at the companies I look for certain qualities that lend to sincerity. I believe that the information provided may be trusted if such a trait exists. If you are not happy with the discrepancy that results, there is almost always a way to get it sorted out.
I can always work with a different Realtor if a specific company fails to meet my high standards for quality service. Contrary to what some people believe you are not required to go to the agent selling the property.
You can find your own agent with whom you feel most comfortable.
How do you select a real estate agent? Real estate companies have agents listed online and in their property books. Check for a licensed agent who has experience with the type of property of which you are interested.
You will find out that there are residential property agents and commercial property agents. While they may cross over in specialties it has been my experience to stick with the agent who officially matches the type of real estate. Word of mouth can be considered when choosing an agent. If a different agent than requested contacts you, then you are not obligated to work with them.
Perhaps there is a temporary reason but be cautious. Once you establish yourself with an agent it is going to be hard to break away. Do not forget that prior to signing an agreement with an agent you are still free to move anywhere.
Not all fish are of the same color or design. This reason alone makes real estate companies have widely different business or property focuses. Some work exclusively with large land acquisitions and sales while some specialize in the more mid-range level type of properties.
There is nothing wrong with this. It is what sets companies apart from one another. More crucial is to make sure that the agent you are pursuing is within the framework that you are expecting to fall within.
If this turns out different to your expectations, you need to consider looking somewhere else.
Agents work on commission and do not get any perks or incentives from the buyer. One of the reason that you may be asked to let the agent be a buyer and seller agent combined is the commission.
Real estate companies that are reputable will not push this merger. Your rights include having a licensed agent who will put your needs as priority over all. I have allowed it to happen to some of my transactions to test it out for myself and I find it tends to become a conflict of interest for the singular agent.