This is the most important piece of advice I can offer to buyers:
Home buyers should always have their own agent
The internet makes it easy for consumers to access significant amounts of information within seconds about homes for sale. What the internet doesn’t provide, however, is detailed knowledge of the complexities involved in the home buying process. The process, forms, and disclosure laws vary from state to state and are constantly evolving, and information gathered online becomes less credible by the day. This is why home buyers should not underestimate the value of having a Realtor® represent them throughout the transaction.
Hire your Buyer’s Agent first
While you may be tempted to call the listing agent whose name is on the sign out front, or in the Zillow ad, or walk into an Open House or the sales office at a new home site, know that the agent you meet works for the seller and already has an agreement in place to represent the seller’s interests. Taking any of those steps before hiring a Buyer’s Agent will likely prevent you from bringing forward your own agent later, and if you decide to make an offer through the listing agent, you’ll be consenting to only “limited” representation.
A Buyer’s Agent, however, works exclusively on behalf of the buyer to negotiate the best terms and price, and represents the buyer’s interests from contract to close of escrow. As your Buyers Agent, I’ll guide you through the entire process, familiarize you with the various activities, documents and procedures you’ll experience, and stay in touch throughout the process to ensure a successful transaction. Best of all, these services are free to the buyer.
That’s right… many buyers think they have to pay a sales commission. The truth is this: only the seller pays the commission, and that commission is determined when the seller signs the listing agreement. Whether a buyer uses a Buyer’s Agent or not, the seller still pays the commission. The only person who wins when buyers are not represented is the Listing agent.
But don’t worry, hiring a Buyer’s Agent will not prevent you from attending Open Houses or continuing your online search. So why wouldn’t you hire a buyer’s agent?
Here are a few reasons to have me, as your Buyers Agent, in your corner:
I am Southern Arizona native, born and raised in Tucson — for more than 50 years, I’ve called Southern Arizona home!
From understanding the local business climate and area amenities to researching community home values and past sales history, I’ll stay on top of all of the essential details to help you find the right home for the right amount of money. Sure, you can search for homes online but given that I live and work in the Green Valley/Sahuarita area, chances are I have additional knowledge of the neighborhood or community that the listing might not provide.
A Buyers Agent’s role is to represent the client in all stages of the transaction, especially in negotiating the best terms possible for their client — whether price, repairs or concessions. Know that nearly nine in 10 sellers use a Realtor® to list, market and help them sell their homes. But make no mistake, the seller’s agent works for the seller. If you choose to buy a home on your own, you’ll likely be negotiating with a professional and relying on your own skill to finalize a contract.
Legalese is not something the average home buyer knows a great deal about — but then again, they don’t have to, so long as they employ a Realtor®. As a Buyers Agent — who has personally purchased more than 12 properties of my own — I am well-versed in the language of home purchase contracts and other legal documents related to the buying a home, meaning you don’t have to study up on real estate law and, in turn, avoid headaches during the home buying process.
Buying a home entails a lot more than attending listing showings and making offers. It involves dealing with lenders, escrow officers, title agencies, home inspectors, appraisers, and other real estate professionals who have a necessary hand in sale agreements. As a real estate agent, I work tirelessly to grow my vendor network and build relationships with reputable professionals and firms who know how to conduct business correctly and efficiently. I don’t waste time with ineffectual vendors, and neither should my clients.
The internet offers a wealth of information for home buyers, and you could spend hours looking at listings online. But with much of your time dedicated to work, family and other day-to-day responsibilities, it can be difficult to find the time to research neighborhood characteristics, comparable sales and listings and determine your ideal home’s value. That’s why hiring a Realtor® is essential: I am completely dedicated to spending countless hours combing over data on local listings and matching your needs and criteria to potential properties.
In summary.. Let me do the heavy lifting. Call today, (520) 333-0446, to begin your house hunting adventure!