Home buyers who assume they can go it alone are often surprised at the level of effort it takes to locate a decent home and go through the buying process without an agent. Our first post covered several great reasons why a buyer should always hire a representing agent, and here are several more:

 

Put You in Touch with Their Network

Not only are buyer’s agents great at networking when it comes to home viewings and finding “secret” listings, but their talents at working with people extend to many services you could need. A great agent with knowledge of the local scene can often point you towards:

  • A good local mortgage lender
  • A quality homeowners insurance provider
  • A building inspector to ensure that the home you buy will be a good investment
  • A title company for property surveying or title insurance
  • A highly-recommended local school
  • Utility company contacts
  • Closing and escrow agents

Tracking down all of these parties on your own can be exhausting, and you have no guarantees that the ones you found have a solid reputation. Buyer’s agents’ abilities to introduce you to fellow friends in the home industry can make your whole buying process that much easier.

 

Assist You with Offers and Closing

Making a home offer is one of the most crucial steps in home buying. Giving the wrong sort of offer could derail the whole process.

A buyer’s agent will be able to help you look at the comparable Fleetwood real estate properties in the area in order to come up with a fair but competitive offer. Since offers are usually made on homes you have your heart set on, a helping hand that ensures you do not slip up and miss out can be invaluable.

Closing is another complicated element of home buying. Arranging all the parties and getting all of the documents in order is a logistical nightmare. Buyer’s agents can get all of your documentation in order and make sure every t is crossed and i dotted so that when you sign for your home, it will be yours for sure.

 

They Work for Free!

Technically, buyer’s agents do not work for free, but since the buyer does not owe them a dime, it can feel like that. Buyer’s agents are paid with a portion of the home sale. Their role is seen as helping the home get sold, just like the listing agent does. When the home sale is completed, the seller must pay the buyer’s agent around one to three percent (often 2.5 percent) of the sale as commission.

Anyone who wants a little help in the buying process can get it at virtually no cost since the home price is usually lower or equal to the seller’s listing price in the first place. To learn more about how valuable buyer’s agents are, visit our buying page.

 

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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.

 

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