WHY USE A BUYER’S AGENT (not the Listing Agent)
#1. Having a buyer’s agent is FREE to the buyer. Some people think they can save money by not using a buyer’s agent. In most cases, this is simply not true; and in fact, it is usually just the opposite. In residential real estate, the commission is usually paid by the seller whether or not a buyer’s agent is involved. Where else can you employ the services and receive the benefits of a trained and experience professional on your side for FREE!
#2. A buyer’s agent looks out for your best interest at all times. Your buyer’s agent has a legal and ethical responsibility to represent your best interest at all times. Some of the duties that your agent has to you include: loyalty to you, promoting your best interests, disclosing known material facts, maintaining confidential information, and accounting for any money they handle in the transaction. If your agent knows something about the seller that might influence your decision to buy or not or to alter your offering price, they have a duty to disclose that to you subject to federal and fair housing laws. In short, it’s nice to know that someone has your back when you’re in the trenches of buying real estate. A buyer’s agent works ONLY for YOU. Having a buyer’s agent helps you hold all the cards when negotiating with the seller. A buyer’s agent is there for YOU. The listing agent is working to get the Seller the best price – a buyer’s agent is working to get YOU the lowest price!
#3. It gives you full access to the MLS. As a member of the multiple listing service (MLS), your agent has full access to the searchable database of MLS listings. We can ask you the right questions to determine what you are looking for and what areas you are most interested in. Once we know your price range and what you are looking for, we will use the full power of the MLS to help you find it. We can provide printouts, email reports, and do custom searches to find available homes that meet your criteria. We can also setup auto emails to notify you automatically if a listing comes on the market that meets your criteria. Sometimes we can even tell you about new listings before they come on the market.
#4. Your agent takes care of ALL the paperwork. From writing up the offer, to reviewing seller disclosures, to getting necessary amendments and meeting all the contract deadlines. . . it’s nice to have a trained professional by your side to handle the paperwork and to help answer any questions you might have. We’ve done this more than a time or two, and we’ll help you cross your t’s and dot your i’s. Follow up with all the parties involved to make sure everyone meets their deadlines is an important part of a Buyer’s agent’s job.
#5. It makes life easier and reduces stress. When you have a buyer’s agent, you don’t have to worry about driving neighborhoods for hours or worrying that you’re missing the house that would be perfect for you. You can spend your time doing the things you enjoy while the search is being handled by someone else who is a professional. We’ve helped hundreds of people with their real estate needs, and our experience will help keep you from any unpleasant surprises throughout the entire buying process. When you use us as your buyer’s agent, you’ll actually be surprised at how much we do for you behind the scenes. You don’t have to worry about the deadlines and “what ifs” because we do it for you.
Some information taken from Beverly Powers Uhlir, KW, Southern Nevada, Blog