When a vendor instructs many agents, with the one that finds a buyer taking all the commission. The disadvantages of Multi Agency are:

  1. Commission rates are similar to "Joint Sole Agency" so it can be an expensive way to sell.
  2. Having a house marketed by many agents may be seen as an act of desperation and could cause potential buyers to become suspicious of (or dismiss) the property.
  3. Agents don't like doing business this way and some will refuse to market the property in this way.
  4. Agents prefer exclusive rights to market properties and will prioritise the sale of homes on which they are instructed as "Sole Agent" over multi agency properties.

The obvious advantage of multi-agency, however, is that the house should gain more exposure to would-be buyers. 

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