Working with a Buyer's Agent
Some people wonder if they should use a real estate agent in the process of buying a new home. Since the listing agent represents the seller, it is in your best interest to find a professional and knowledgeable buyer's agent who will represent you in the transaction and work to get you the best deal possible. Seller's agents are legally obligated to represent the seller's best interests. This includes the right to share any information with the seller that you as the buyer give them. Also, they are not allowed to disclose information to you that could hinder the seller's negotiation position. Your buyer's agent would be able to share with you any information they discover about the seller's situation.
Your buyer's agent will help guide you through the homebuying process in every way. Buyer's agents are very knowledgeable about different neighborhoods and markets. They will be able to help you find exactly what you're looking for, ensure you pay the right price for it, take care of all paperwork, guide you through the inspection and repair process, and successfully get you to closing. Once your buyer's agent has an understanding of your property needs and preferences, you can also expect them to provide you with the following:
In some neighborhoods, homes are sold within days, or even hours, of being put on the market. Others are marketed and sold within a real estate brokerage's network without ever being made available to the public. In many cases, your agent can arrange for advanced access to properties that are represented within their exclusive professional and company networks.
Aside from in-house and off-market opportunities, properties are put on the market via a multiple listing service (MLS) virtually everyday. As soon as a property that meets your criteria is posted on the MLS, your agent will let you know of the listing and arrange a showing.
Your agent can schedule in-person showings of properties that match your preferences and needs. Additionally, the demand for video and chat software has increased exponentially to ensure a potential buyer is able to effectively view and evaluate the home even if they can't physically be there. Your agent is skilled in the top platforms that can execute virtual showings.
Evaluation of Options
It can be challenging to determine the fair market value of a home and to assess whether it is a good value for its listed price and for your budget. Variables that impact the value of a home or property include its location, neighborhood, community plan, proximity to amenities, lot attributes, views, property size, interior and structural condition, construction type, age, unique features, and the state of the local real estate market. Your agent is an expert on all the factors and will advise you, always, with your interests at the upmost priority. We're known for that -- since 1972 and clouting.
As a team and we are dedicated to serving our clients and making sure that the home buying process is fun and easy. Let us know if we can set you up on a search or advise you on a neighborhood you're curious about.
For more helpful information on buying a home, check out our Buyer's Guide here.