A dedicated buyer’s agent will make buying a home much easier and give you the advantage over buyers without an agent. What are those advantages?
We know that you want to find someone you trust, someone who you feel is working behind the scenes, listens to you and knows exactly what you want. Finding a buyer’s agent who is a match will take many things into consideration, including personality, proactivity, integrity, commitment, availability, and knowledge. Your buyer’s agent should be able to match your price range, needs, and wants, with the right expectations and areas. The following might be some questions you ask prospective agents to get a feel for their approach.
You need to know that your buyer’s agent has enough time to be competitive. This is one the largest personal and financial decisions you will ever make. You probably can’t take time off from work to house hunt and you may be competing with other buyers.
You might fall in love with a house that has multiple interested buyers. Work with an agent who understands urgency and is flexible with your schedule so that you’re not missing out. An agent with a licensed assistant ensures that someone is available at all times in case of an emergency, which is especially true if your agent’s client roster is large.
Remember, you’re going to spend a lot of time with your real estate agent. While you may not consider it at first, it’s important that your personalities are a match, too. Find an agent who listens, responds, communicates promptly, and who you feel you can trust and talk to easily. Your buyer’s agent will be negotiating on your behalf and should be there for you at every turn.
In the real estate world, we call the real estate company a “brokerage.” An agent pays fees to their brokerage. All brokerages are a bit different, but if a brokerage charges their agents hefty fees, these often trickle down to the client.
A brokerage that represents a larger portion of the market will have more access to “pocket listings” or listings that aren’t currently on the market. An agent with more listings, likewise, will have more access to pocket listings for their own personal buyers.
At the end of the day, though, the individual agent is more important than the real estate company.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our qualifications or the home buying process in general. We would be happy to hear from you!