Why Use a Buyer's Agent
A Buyer’s Agent is YOUR Fiduciary
A buyer’s agent is your fiduciary and advocate. Unlike a regular real estate agent who owes a duty to the seller, a buyer’s agent is your exclusive representative in a real estate transaction and will maintain confidentiality and protect your interests.
Remember – if you contact a listing agent and negotiate directly with that agent, anything you say about your situation or intentions will be disclosed to the seller – your confidentiality will be violated and place you at a negotiating disadvantage. You want an buyer’s representative to protect and represent your interests exclusively without divided loyalty.
Protect You from Overpaying
Before making an offer, it’s important to understand the true market value of the property you want to buy. By performing a comprehensive market analysis before writing an offer, a buyer’s agent will separate fact, which is the market value of the home, from fiction, which is what the seller thinks the home is worth, and guide you to a competitive offer that reduces the risk of overpaying and giving up precious equity.
Search Any Home, Anywhere
A buyer’s agent has the tools and ability to search for your new home using a variety of options most real estate agents don’t know about or don’t use – properties owned by banks, homes not listed on MLS, foreclosures, and even For Sale By Owner.
While other real estate agents just search the MLS and fight over limited listings, we are creatively searching off market properties hidden under the radar – less competition equals more options and a better price for you!
You Need a Professional Negotiator
A buyer’s agent has the training and experience to negotiate on your behalf and make sure your offer is competitive, but while still protecting your interests, confidentiality and helping to mitigate risk. Your buyer’s agent will review not only the offer price, but options for contingencies in the contract, and will guide the transaction and manage communications with the sellers from offer through close to ensure a smooth transaction, all while ensuring your interests are protected.
How Much Do I Need to Pay?
In almost all normal property transactions, the buyer’s agent’s compensation is paid from the seller’s proceeds. The seller has a contract to pay their real estate broker a commission, and that broker will pay the buyer’s agent from those proceeds. You may have read advice on the Internet that talks about not using a buyer’s agent and saving the seller money in exchange for a lower price – this is actually false because the seller and their broker already have a contract that fixes the sales commission, and it’s not subject to further negotiation no matter what you suggest in your offer. If you are not represented, the seller’s broker will keep the entire commission for themselves, along with placing you at a negotiating, disclosure and confidentiality disadvantage during the transaction.
So, if a buyer’s agent doesn’t cost you anything extra out of pocket, why not be properly represented in your real estate transaction, and have a professional review your needs and wants, discuss financing options, and find your new home?
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