Reading Smurf's uncomfortable RE story reminded me of something I've been wondering about as we explore the countryside in search of our tree/sea change property.
In the regions, it seems very common for vendors to list with every agent in town. You can see this on realestate.com.au - the same property turns up 5 and 6 times with different agents, and again on agents' own websites.
In our experience, none of them do very much work, though to be fair they probably get an awful lot of tyre kickers. Obviously they all know each other and they all know that they all have most of the properties. But I've wondered about the commission, especially in cases where we've had a look at a place with one agent after declining to do so with another.
As a vendor, I've only sold metropolitan properties and I'd always go with a sole agent on a short term agreement - IMO keeping a property on the market for months is inviting potential buyers to wait you out. As a buyer I find the multiple agency situation uncomfortable while we're still in the exploration phase.
Any city-escapees had any experience with this?
PS There is no missing apostrophe in the thread title; it's an adjectival agents