January 25, 2010

Do You Need a Buyer's Agent When Buying a Home?

Do you need a Buyer's agent when looking for your next home
purchase?  The answer is probably, unless you have bought and sold
several properties before.  Even then, the service that they provide
still will prove invaluable to you in your search for the perfect home.

So what does a buyer's agent do, you are likely asking?  The short
answer is...a lot!  Any agent will drive you around looking at homes to
buy.  A buyer's agent will make sure that the homes that you do look at
actually meet the criteria that you are wanting in a home.  How many
times have you went with an agent that showed you what THEY wanted you
to see instead of what YOU wanted to see?

With a buyer's agent, you don't have to be "on guard" with your
thoughts and feelings about the home.  The agent is YOUR agent.  Not
only can you talk about your likes and dislikes about the home in front
the agent, you SHOULD be discussing your feelings about it.  That way,
the agent can further refine the search for your home or knows what you
want to do if this is the home you want.  A buyer's agent is your
buffer zone if you will.  If you really don't like the home, you can
say so.  You don't have to be polite about it.  If you really love the
home, there is no need to hide it to "protect" your negotiating

When it comes time to make that offer, the buyer's agent works for
you.  If you are simply trying to get the best deal possible, then the
buyer's agent negotiates for you with that in mind.  If you just have
to have that king-sized bed, you guessed it, the agent will work to
make that part of the deal.  You may not always get what you want, but
you can rest assured that the buyer's agent has your best interests in
their negotiating.

Once the offer is accepted the buyer's agent will work with your
lender, attorney/title company, insurance agent, the seller's agent and
others to make sure that everything is on track and running smooth.
They will help setup the home inspection, pest inspection and other
services to make sure that you're getting what you pay for and go over
those same inspections with you when they come back so you know exactly
what they mean.

The above is just a same sampling of the work that a buyer's agent does.  You can check out the Working with Real Estate Agents pamphlet for more information

Hickory Home Search

Roger Johnson is a Realtor with CENTURY 21 American Homes in Hickory, NC.

I service the Catawba and surrounding counties, and the
Hickory, Newton, Conover, Taylorsville, Claremont, Statesville and
Charlotte, NC real estate markets.

You can contact me via Email or give me a call at (828) 270-9330 or (828) 568-2121 ext 310

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