You wouldn’t consider having a major surgical procedure without consulting a qualified medical professional. Why would you risk one of the most important investment decisions of your lifetime by not having a real estate agent on your side? The home buying process is an exciting one but moving forward without a real estate agent can cost you time and money.
- 💡 How do I buy a home with a real estate agent?
- ⭐️ Why do I need a real estate agent to buy a house?
- ❓ What is a buyer broker or buyer’s agent?
- 💰 Do I pay a commission to the real estate agent?
- 🙋♂️ How does an agent help me find homes?
- 🏡 What do I need to know about an open house?
- 💵 How do I place an offer?
- 👥 How does a real estate agent help negotiate the sale?
💡 How do I buy a home with a real estate agent?
You want to understand why you need a real estate agent and see the benefits. Part of this understanding comes from knowing the difference between a buyer agent and a seller agent. A real estate agent helps with locating properties, negotiating sale details, and answering questions during open houses.
⭐️ Why do I need a real estate agent to buy a house?
There’s more to buying a home than just browsing listings and finding something that fits your needs. You want to make sure you’re getting the best value for the investment, and a real estate agent can help you reach your goals.
❓ What is a buyer broker or buyer’s agent?
A buyer broker or buyer’s agent represents the buyer in a property sale. A seller agent or listing agent works with the seller in that transaction.
Choosing a real estate agent to be on your side during a purchase is a wise idea. You want to make sure the agent is considering your needs without the same consideration for the seller’s needs.
💰 Do I pay a commission to the real estate agent?
While the agent you choose will receive a commission once the deal closes, you are not responsible for paying this cost. The seller pays the commission, and it is most often split between the buyer’s agent and seller’s agent according to the contract.
🙋♂️ How does an agent help me find homes?
Real estate agents have access to a multiple listings service that allows them to see homes that are listed through multiple agencies. Because of this, they can provide you with current information about homes for sale in the area that meet your needs.
We suggest that you set up a saved search around your wish list. Once we see your criteria, we can better assist you in seeing homes that match.
🏡 What do I need to know about an open house?
Most home sellers want their properties to be seen by as many potential buyers as possible. To do this, they may set up an open house that allows you to tour their home and ask questions.
Be sure to ask your real estate agent any questions that arise during the tour instead of interacting directly with the seller or their agent. Your agent will make sure you get the answers you need.
💵 How do I place an offer?
One of the benefits of working with a real estate agent is having their knowledge about creating offers that are appealing on your side. They understand current market trends and what works for your real estate goals.
👥 How does a real estate agent help negotiate the sale?
If you receive a counteroffer, your real estate agent will work on your behalf to negotiate the terms of the sale if you feel another offer is best. They may also help if negotiations are needed after the appraisal and inspections if issues arise.
There’s no need for you to work directly with the seller or their agent when it comes to offers and contracts. Your real estate agent does that for you, but you always have the final say in decisions that need to be made.