What Changes When You Work With a Buyer's Agent?
When using a Buyer's Agent you will have a professional Realtor working
diligently and and just for you — not the seller. This means the buyer's agent is
not interested in pushing a particular house or neighborhood and will
be inclined to show you possibilities you never thought to consider.
And because they work with area Realtors, they can often find our
clients homes that are not even listed or on the market.
The entire 'home search' process will change. Personally you won't need to make appointments with Realtors to look at houses because the agent will make the arrangements for all the houses you want to see. Rather than trying to sell you only on the positive amenities of the home you're looking at, the agent will help you discover the features that may not be the most positive of the home as well.
And best of all , you will have a professional Realtor working diligently and and just for you — not the seller. The buyer's agent is not interested in pushing a particular house or neighborhood and will be inclined to show you possibilities you never thought to consider. And through networking with area Realtors, we can often find our clients homes that are not even listed or on the market . These are the types of steps that separate the best from the rest in this business.How much will this cost?
You will not be charged for services. Even though the buyer's agent is representing you and working on your behalf, the seller will pay the fees. You'll pay nothing, zero, zilch !
The Realtor who has listed a home for sale in the area receives a commission from the seller and has agreed to share one-half of that commission with the agent/broker who sells the property. This method of sharing the commission allows the buyer to work with a buyer's agent without paying a fee for these services.A buyer's agent can help locate the right homes:
We'll search the Multiple Listing Service for homes that meet not just your specific criteria but other listing to show you what else is out there — not just homes listed by the local Realtors, but homes from all around the area.
How does this differ from what you're currently doing yourself? Some companies don't allow their listings to appear on various real estate web sites. And many don't show the addresses, in order to make you call call their agents for further information.
We'll find those listings. Each house will be carefully screened, and we will e-mail you only those that appear to meet your needs. We know the neighborhoods, so we won't send you listings of properties that do not offer what you are looking for.
As your Buyer's Agent, we don't become emotionally involved. We'll advise you on both the negative as well as positive factors of each house . While you're walking through the home to see if you'd like to live there, we'll be checking the overall condition, including the foundation, roof, heating system, and appliances to see if there will be any major expenses to be concerned about.Counsel and advice:
What is good, professional advice worth to you? It is hard to hold back on your emotions when making a housing decision. A home is where you create lifelong memories. It will be your family's sanctuary, and that is why it is so important to have a professional Realtor representing you.Offer, Negotiation, and Details:
When you find a listing that you would like to purchase, we'll provide you with a Comparable Market Analysis (CMA) to guide you in making a proper offering. We will structure the offer to help your chances in winning the home , and then we'll expertly negotiate on your behalf throughout the entire transaction. Our goal and commitment is to find you a home that you love and strongly negotiate on your behalf for a successful home purchase.
After you and the seller have agreed on price and terms, we will schedule all appropriate inspections. Should problems arise as a result of the inspections, we will act as your advocate in resolving these issues.
A lot has to happen between signing the purchase agreement and moving into the home! The Buyer's Agent will attend to all the closing details and keep you informed about the transaction — each step of the way.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Voted "Super Agent" for seven consecutive years by Mpls.St. Paul Magazine, Cheryl's been specializing in distinctive homes and Woodbury real estate since 1987. In fact, she's sold more than 500 homes in Woodbury alone! Additionally, Cheryl was in the Top 50 of all Minnesota & Wisconsin Coldwell Banker Burnet Real Estate agents in 2008.