When you are in the market to buy a home, you need someone knowledgeable that can help you make a smart purchase. The buyer’s agent is someone that represents you, not the seller in the transaction. It’s important to use your own representative, rather than the one that represents the seller. This agent will be biased and motivated to sell the home because he will make the commissions on both sides (buyer and seller).
Luckily, you don’t have to pay for the agent to represent you. Only the seller has to pay the commission for the real estate agents. It’s the seller’s agent’s responsibility to pay the person representing the buyer.
Even though you don’t pay the real estate professional yourself, you still want someone that can fairly represent you in the purchase. Following are some attributes to look for in your representative.
Knowledge of the Area
It’s best if you secure the services of an agent that knows the area. Anyone can tell you about the houses, but you want someone that also knows the area. When you buy a home, you buy into an area. You want to make sure it’s an area you like and want to be in all of the time.
Let your representative know what it is you want near you and what you look for in things like school districts, churches, and shopping areas. This way your real estate specialist can point you to the areas that will suit you the best.
If there’s one thing you need while looking for a home to buy, it’s great communication. Homes in hot areas can sell in as little as a few hours. You need someone that will alert you of any homes that pop up that are within the scope of what you need quickly. If you have someone that waits to let you know or doesn’t communicate with you in the most conducive method, you could lose out on the home that would have been perfect for you.
Real estate agents have to work hard to sell a home, but they have to work equally as hard to find the perfect home for a buyer. If you come across an agent that just waits for the listings to come to him, chances are you will miss out on the hottest homes on the market.
Instead, you want someone that will be on the forefront of the latest listings. A hard worker will be tireless in his efforts to find you the perfect home. This doesn’t mean you want someone that is pushy or talks you into a home you don’t want. It’s a fine line you need your representative to walk. He should give you space while being available for you whenever you need him.
A Problem Solver
Buying a home comes with all kinds of issues and problems. You need an agent that will be able to face the problems head on and handle them for you. If you have someone that buckles under pressure, how will they handle a bidding war?
There’s nothing tame about buying a home. You will face other bidders, aggressive sellers, and stubborn mortgage loan officers. You need someone that can stand up to the pressure and handle the problems without giving up or letting you take over.
A Passion for Real Estate
Finally, you need an agent that has a passion for real estate. Employing someone that just does this for a ‘job’ but doesn’t really love it will not leave you with the best results. You want someone that is as motivated as you are to find the home that is right for you.
Yes, they are working for a paycheck, but they should be doing it for the right reasons. They should want someone that will put their heart and soul into the process, helping you find the home that you will love, just as much as he loves the paycheck he collects.
Finding a buyer’s agent requires a little time and legwork out of you. Interviewing several agents before choosing one will help you decide which one is right for you. Put them to the test – ask hard questions and see how they respond. Remember, they are helping you with one of the largest investments in your life. You deserve only the best.