A Buyer’s Agent is a licensed professional Realtor working on behalf of you, the home buyer. He or she represents you while looking out for your best interests throughout the purchase of your home. You want a Realtor who you can communicate with easily, has knowledge of the current real estate market, is a good negotiator and is responsive to your questions and concerns.
Hiring a Buyer’s Agent does not require an upfront fee in our area. Buyer’s Agents are paid through the home sale once the purchase is finalized and recorded. Some benefits of using a Buyer’s Agent is access to properties as soon as they come up for sale, finding homes that may not currently be for sale but the homeowners are interested in selling, and giving you honest advice about a home that seems perfect from the outside but might not live up to your dreams further down the road. Buyer’s Agents are also prepared to be proactive getting you through potential setbacks as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Where Do I Find a Buyer’s Agent? You can check out Realtor reviews, ask friends or family, or ask your mortgage lender. The key is to ask questions and interview a couple Realtors to ensure a good match. Example questions may be: “Do you work full time in real estate? What is your availability in showing me properties after hours or weekends? Do you have the Accredited Buyer Representative credentials?”