Real estate companies share many differences as well as some similarities. For instance their main real estate focus and staff compliment may differ.
By looking for admirable qualities such as punctuality and integrity, I find that I locate more companies that tend to be more sincere. I believe that the information provided may be trusted if such a trait exists. If there is a discrepancy there is always the possibility of getting the matter rectified.
I can always work with a different Realtor if a specific company fails to meet my high standards for quality service. Unlike what some people tend to hold as the truth you do not have to chase down the agent selling the desired 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. Find out if the agent has prior experience in the property type you intend to invest in and if they have all the relevant and valid licences.
There are commercial agents and residential agents. Even though some agents do have broad specialties; I find that my best experiences were with agents who specifically matched my specific real estate type to the letter. You should consider asking for references from people when looking to select 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 is one reason that real estate companies have differing focuses. Some take on only large parcels while others stay with middle of the road level properties. Absolutely nothing wrong there. 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 not, then it may be time to shop elsewhere.
Agents work on commission and do not get any perks or incentives from the buyer. You may be asked to allow the agent to represent both the buyer and the seller in the same transaction because of the combined commission which will be created.
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.