Do You Have a Personal Real Estate Agent?
If you’re planning on buying a home, you may have already done some shopping around on your own. Perhaps you’ve checked out a few open houses or called the number on a For Sale sign to schedule a private viewing of that property.
Yes, you can do all of that on your own, if you have the time and expertise. However, statistics prove that you’ll be more successful in finding your dream home at the right price with your own personal real estate agent. There are so many details, so many decisions to be made, so many things to consider and this is likely to be the biggest purchase of your life to-date, so having a professional committed to you and loyal to your best interests just makes sense.
If you are doing this on your own, please bear in mind that the listing agent owes their loyalty to the seller and only the seller. While it’s true that they should never mislead you in any way, they are not required to disclose everything to you if you do not ask the right questions. They owe you no loyalty. Always bear that in mind if going it alone with a good real estate agent (or salesperson as NY State calls us).
In addition, having a buyer’s agent costs you nothing. Your buyer’s agent’s real estate firm is paid a commission by the selling agent. You pay nothing for the service provided to you by a buyer’s agent, which begs the question: Why would you NOT want a professional agent on your team dedicated and loyal to only you when making the biggest purchase of your life? And, I know and you know, a house is much more than a house. It’s a HOME.
Your Real Estate Agent Works for You
A real estate agent, especially one who knows the local market well (like I do), can help you find and buy your ideal home, and make the entire process go as smoothly as possible for you. During a viewing, your real estate agent will give you the inside scoop on that property, so you know the full story. Your real estate agent will also point out desirable features, and potential “issues”, that you might otherwise miss. They should give you all the information they have so that you are in a position to make an educated fully-informed decision.
When it comes time to make an offer, your real estate agent will present and negotiate it on your behalf.b If you don’t have your own real estate agent, you would have to deal directly with the seller’s agent, who is legally obliged to work in the seller’s best interests – not yours.
Bottom line: Your own personal real estate agent is there for you, every step of the way. At least, that’s how I work with my clients, and my loyalty and services cost you nothing.
What to Look for in a Real Estate Agent
When buying a home, you want a real estate agent who…
- Takes the time to understand your needs and goals, so you have a true partner in your home buying journey.
- Explains everything clearly and answers your questions, so you’re never in the dark.
- Knows how to find great properties in your price range.
- Will alert you to new listings, quickly, so you get the jump on those opportunities.
- Will advise you on the best price to offer for the home you want and provide you with research of that market, that neighborhood, the trends, and all related.
- Will prepare and present the offer, and skillfully negotiate such things as price, conditions, closing dates, etc. so you get the best deal.
- Will save you potentially thousands of dollars by ensuring you don’t overpay for the property you want.
- Will recommend reputable home inspectors, real estate lawyers, movers, and other professionals you may need.
It’s in the details. Have someone knowledgeable about those details with you with such a huge decision.
The best way to select the right real estate agent, is to meet with him or her in person. Ask questions. See if there is a good fit.
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