Why not to buy a home directly with the listing Realtor explained. As a mortgage professional I get this question asked of me all the time. A homebuyer will come to me for preapproval and then will start the home shopping process. When I ask if they are being represented by a Realtor, they may tell me they will call the Realtor on the sign. WRONG!
Many people think they can save money because the homeowner will automatically drop the sales price because they don’t’ have to pay another realtor. Well, that is just not the case.
Listing Realtors have a fiduciary responsibility to sell the home for the most they possibly can as they are representing the homeowner. If you go directly to the listing Realtor, they are not representing you as the buyer. Your best interests are not being protected. To protect your interests, you need your own representation or your own buyer’s agent.
What is a Buyers Agent?
Your buyer agent should have extensive knowledge of the area, have great negotiation skills, and should facilitate a smooth transaction for you. Normally, they will actually save you money. According to Realtor.com, a buyers agent “Help overcome setbacks. If the home inspector’s report or appraisal brings new issues to light, a buyer’s agent can advise you on how to proceed with the transaction, and then act as a buffer between you and the sellers or their broker. If negotiations become heated or hostile, it’s extremely helpful to have an experienced professional keeping calm and offering productive solutions.”
If you are house hunting and need a great team on your side, please don’t hesitate to call me. I will put my connections and 22 years of experience to work for you.
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