The truth is that real estate agents are no longer the gatekeepers to information about available properties and open houses. That said, it’s still a VERY good idea to work with a buyer agent on your search for the perfect place to land, and here’s why:
NO EXPENSE TO YOU
It’s true! In our market, the seller pays both sides of the commission. So, why not allow yourself a strong advocate and ally in the buying process? (There’s always an exception. Properties “For Sale By Owner” might not offer a buyer agent commission– but we don’t see that very often!)
As your buyer agent I will help you understand home values in the markets where you are searching. (Looking in Cambridge, Melrose, and Marblehead simultaneously? No problem!) At any time I am able to provide comparative market analysis (CMA), an essential a tool for comparing list prices against sold prices on properties in the same neighborhood or nearby.
Tell-tale signs of problems will stand out to me when we’re at a property. Together we will talk through whether what we see means that you move on to the next property, do a pre-offer home inspection, or make an offer and do an inspection once your offer is accepted.
Buying a home can be emotional, and part of my role is to advise and support you in staying on track to buy a home that meets the criteria you so carefully laid out. Once you have an accepted offer, I will support and guide you through the home inspection process and be on hand to answer any questions that pop up between your accepted offer and the closing– and even after that!
KNOWLEDGE OF OFFER CONTRACTS AND PRESENTATION
I’ve written dozens of offer contracts and will take you through the document line by line. We will work together on a contingency strategy if you’re in competition for the property, and I will present an organized, polished offer packet that inspires confidence in the seller so that you have the very best shot at getting the property.
Whether it’s at the time of offer or after the home inspection, I will represent you well in the negotiation and do everything in my power to get you what feels fair and right in the deal.