Shopping for a new home can be fun—but it can also be hard work. Locating good homes is a full-time job in and of itself, to say nothing of making offers, juggling paperwork, and arranging for inspectors and other third-party vendors. All told, home buying is something that will require you to enlist some help—specifically, a buyer’s agent.
The buyer’s agent is one of just a few different roles that Realtors play in the home buying process. The buyer’s agent—true to the name—works exclusively on the buyer’s behalf. The other side of the coin is the listing agent, who works with the seller. (There are also dual agents, who work in both capacities—but that’s a topic for another day!)
Why Use a Buyer’s Agent?
To put it succinctly, the buyer’s agent will work only for you and your interests, guiding you through each stage of the home buying process and answering any questions you may have along the way. More specifically, there are several benefits to working with a buyer’s agent:
- The buyer’s agent will help you find the right property. It won’t take very long for your agent to understand exactly what kind of home you are looking for, and he or she can arrange for tours of homes that meet your criteria, explaining pros and cons of different neighborhoods along the way. Note that your agent will be able to find great properties that you won’t be able to find yourself on apps like Trulia, Zillow, etc.
- The buyer’s agent will also help you make a good offer, one based on an appropriate price and with appropriate contingencies. Writing up a contract takes some precision, and the last thing you want to do is low-ball it and lose the seller’s favor. Your agent will help you pitch an offer that’s in your best interests.
- A buyer’s agent can also recommend other professionals whose services you might need—including home inspectors, movers, contractors, and mortgage brokers. You’ll want to find good, reputable people who are able to move quickly, and your agent will have all the right connections!
- The buyer’s agent will help you move past setbacks, too. Maybe the appraisal doesn’t go how you want it to. Maybe the home inspection turns over some disquieting results. Or maybe the seller just isn’t as cooperative as you’d like! Your agent will be there in your corner to guide you about the next steps, and to help you rebound from disappointments.
Remember that the buyer’s agent has an entirely different role from the listing agent. The buyer’s agent works for you, and that’s exactly why you need one—to have a champion on your side through the sometimes-messy house hunting process.
We’d love to be that champion for you. To learn more about hiring a member of the Minges Cline team as your buyer’s agent, we invite you to contact us at your convenience.