Choosing Real Estate Agents Before You Choose Your House
As a home buyer you should put as much thought into choosing real estate agents as choosing your home. It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying a new home especially if you are not aware of how the game is played.
Resourceful consumers know that they should interview agents to see how they will perform for them and to switch agents if they are disappointed in an agents performance. How your needs will be met should be based on the variety of services the agent offers. Know the different skill levels and training he or she has. Understand the company policies of the firm they work for.
It is not always a good idea to go with the first agent you meet.
If you meet an agent at an Open House or call the Listing Agent, ask questions. It is not uncommon for a new or part time agent to conduct Open Houses and answer the phones at the real estate office. It is not a good idea to go with the first agent you meet. See if they are knowledgeable of the area, the laws, and your interest. If they are the listing agent, unless specifically disclosed otherwise, they represent the seller in any transaction for the sale of a home. It is that Agent’s fiduciary duty to protect the seller’s position at all times. No matter what they tell you their loyalty will lie with their selling clients. Listing Agents are, not focusing on the buyers’ needs. A buyer’s agent is a better choice.
Don’t Agent Hop.
If you have found a particular house but want a different agent you may have to deal with something called “procuring cause” which offers guidelines regarding who should get credit for the sale and consequently, payment. That is why we say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: Choose real estate agents before you choose your house. It’s not good to see a home with one broker and then bring another broker to the same house for the second showing a month later. Such practices could end up in a long bitter process between agents. It may slow down your closing process. You chance the lost of your dream home to another buyer.
Treat your agent with the same respect you expect from them. Tell them up front if you have worked with another agent in the area. What homes they have shown you. Why you choose to find a different agent. A good buyer’s agent armed with your expectations will transcend into a great buying experience for you What a difference that will make in the enjoyment of your new mountain home!
also see: Buyer’s Agent vs Dual Agent
Buyer’s Agent a better choice!
Choosing Real Estate Agents is the first step to a successful hassle free experience. That is why you want an agent with experience like Gary Ward of Advantage Chatuge Realty to represent YOUR interest as a buyers agent when buying a home. Over 20 years of Broker experience in the mountains of North Georgia and western North Carolina.
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