With the advent of so many new ways to find and view home listings online, many people may wonder if they need a buyer’s agent at all. The reality is that navigating listings is but one part of the process, and even doing that on your own may not be as productive as you think.
A buyer’s agent will help walk you through the trickier parts of the buying process to make them more manageable, and they will also aid in your search to find the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood. In short, a buyer’s agent is indispensable throughout every step of home buying. Here are some reasons why:
Arrange Viewings for You
Getting inside of a great-looking home you found on a listing is a delicate process. The seller’s agent and the seller will both have to be okay with the viewing, and the seller will have to be free in order to step out of the house at the time or let you in and answer your questions.
An interested individual will have a tougher time arranging a viewing than their buyer’s agent will. The process will be foreign to them, and they will not really know the ins and outs. In all likelihood a buyer’s agent will know the seller’s agent or at least know them by reputation. They can smooth over the whole affair and get you your viewing appointment without any awkwardness or miscommunication.
Giving You Inside Information on Properties
A buyer’s agent can be incredibly helpful for people looking to learn more about a neighborhood or the area they may move, especially if the buyer is new in town. An agent can help steer you toward neighborhoods and homes that have the characteristics you want, such as being near a public school your kids would enjoy attending.
They can also help steer you away from listings that may appear adequate on the surface but are actually a poor investment. Homes overbuilt for their neighborhood or homes with exorbitant asking prices can all be pitfalls for people new to an area or home buying in general.
Help You Find Hidden Listings
Not every listing will appear on the MLS. Some sellers want privacy, and others will be interested in selling but have not yet committed to publicly listing. A savvy buyer’s agent can often track these behind-the-scenes listings down and get you in touch with the seller. Starting the buying process for an unlisted home can actually be less stressful considering there will be few or no competing offers to worry about.
There are many more reasons that hiring a buyer’s agent is a veritable necessity when shopping for Fleetwood real estate. Look at part II to learn more, or visit or dedicated buying information page to get started.