Working with real estate agents



I work at Century 21 Champion Real Estate in Jacksonville, NC. . .and I am a licensed real estate broker and a REALTOR. . .and I want to talk a little about agency.  In the State of NC, when you approach an agent and begin to “talk shop”. . .once the conversation turns from basic chit chat perhaps about the property and the market in general to your specific needs, financial status, etc. . . .sort of like Miranda Rights, you have the right to remain silent.  Until you sign a buyer’s agency or seller’s agency with that agent, they are required to share that information with their clients if it is advantageous to them.  “I just won the lottery, love the home you are marketing on Main Street and plan to offer a lot less than the list price.”  Well, if you aren’t in a contract relationship with me, I have to tell my sellers that information, which, would be less than advantageous to you.  There are Seller’s Agents, Seller’s Sub Agents, Buyer’s Agents and Dual Agents. . .different hats of disclosure and responsibility that the very same agent can wear.

If you are interested in a copy of Working With Real Estate Agents, I would be more than happy to email a copy to you as it is too long to post here in a Blog format.  Know that regardless of what agent you speak to or in which town in the state of North Carolina, you are to be presented this at “first substantial contact”. . .which might not be the very first conversation, but once the topic shifts to your personal needs, financial information. . .or, techinically, if you are active duty and in uniform, as a Marine Brat, I know how much you make just by looking at your rank insignia.  Knowledge is power and in a real estate transaction, I want you to feel you have the best advantage and best representation possible, even if it isn’t with me. . .and the only silly questions in real estate are the ones you don’t ask.  So, ask away!

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About McKenzie Johnson

I am a Real Estate Broker with over 13 years experience in the industry. A fan of anything the color orange, long walks on the beach eating dried cuttlefish, four legged friends, new adventures in cooking or travel. A REALTOR and real estate consultant living and working in North Carolina with information to share. I would love to demystify the process for you. . .I think real estate is a tremendous investment for just about everyone. . .not just for the financial aspect, but also the idea of owning a piece of the American Dream, a chunk of earth, literally, with your name on it. I love what I do and who I get to meet through my job, the most rewarding part is handing a family their very first set of house keys! I hope you will find helpful information here, and it is just that, information, please don't take it as gospel, just my take on real estate and the world around me. For additional information and how to contact me, visit my website I serve the Onslow County area which includes the military bases: Camp Lejeune, New River MCAS, Camp Johnson, Camp Gieger and more.

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