We dropped in a real estate agency and asked to view some flats and they immediately were able to do so without us signing anything.
We dropped in another real estate agency in a different area requesting the same but the agent wanted me to sign a flat-viewing agreement first. Basically saying that if I were to buy the listed flats in the agreement in the next three months I had to go through him paying him 1% commission. I was extremely uncomfortable doing so because now I know that 1% is negotiable. He was adamant that no signature no viewing.
Both real estate agencies are considered "big names" in HK... so it wasn't a mom and pop office we walked into.
... so anyone experienced the same scenario?