There have been several letters and articles on the problems with seller representation during the sale of a home. I would like to describe the other side of the problem.
I recently completed the purchase of a home in Long Beach through a national real estate firm. During the ordeal I had to argue with my agent on the importance of a home inspection on a 60-year-old home.
After 25 minutes of arguing, I finally asked her: "Why are we arguing, aren't you supposed to represent my best interest since you are my agent?" To that, she answered: ". . . by law, I am the sub-agent of the seller."
She really did work as the seller's sub-agent, and calling the agency owner/broker was no help. No one scheduled the termite work so I ended up calling the termite company myself and arranging for the work to be done before closing.