The Commonwealth Blog

Monday, July 9, 2018

Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent

It’s tempting to take full control when you’re trying to buy a home, but even if being in charge of your entire home-buying process makes you comfortable, you’ll actually be making things much more difficult for yourself. Buyer’s agents have:

  • Experience searching for specific needs in real estate
  • Access to more available houses on the market
  • Negotiating skills for when you’re ready to buy

Consider some of the reasons that other buyers frequently opt for a buyer’s agent:

They Will Take Care of Confrontation

Buying a home comes with risks, and as you, your real estate agent, and inspectors continue to explore the condition of the home, some problems that may not have been immediately obvious may begin to appear. To take care of those problems, you’ll have to confront the seller or the seller’s agent about making fixes and changes that they may not want to (but have to) pay to make.

Having those talks during the buying process can be stressful and frustrating. Fortunately, buyer’s agents are profoundly experienced in dealing with common issues that arise during the buying process and have gentle and constructive ways of making sure that work that needs to be done gets done.

They Will Guide You through Paperwork

There are mountains of paperwork to be done when you’re buying a home, but don’t worry; it’s there to protect both you and the seller. Your buyer’s agent will help explain to you what you’re signing and why so that you can confidently proceed with the buying process. Without the help of a buyer’s agent, you may find yourself poring through paperwork for hours that could have been spent getting a better price or even finding a better home.

They Give You Easy Access to Local Information

You can spend your time deeply researching your potential new neighborhood or finding out what restaurants and entertainment are nearby, but it’s your buyer’s agent’s job to either know the area well enough to provide that information right away or to look it up for you. Your buyer’s agent also likely knows zoning ordinances well and may have useful referrals for inspectors and movers to ease your move-in.

They Set Appointments for You

Managing your calendar while buying a home is just another tedious part of the process. Luckily, buyer’s agents have superior calendar and time management skills, and they’ll make sure that your appointments for looking at houses you love and finalizing paperwork are set on a schedule that works with your lifestyle.

They Cost Nothing

Believe it or not, the burden of paying the buyer’s agent falls on the seller and is included in their net earnings on the house. Sellers pay commission to the seller’s and buyer’s agent in almost all real estate transactions. That means you don’t have to pay anything to the buyer’s agent to relieve a large amount of the burden of searching for and finalizing paperwork on a new home.

 

Don’t be afraid to inquire about the services that a buyer’s agent can offer and confirm that the services you receive will be covered by the seller. It’s an opportunity for you to focus on what you love about the home and not have to spend time learning the processes of searching for and finalizing a new home purchase.


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