Real Estate Buyer Agent? You Need One!
In short, a Buyer Agent represents YOU and your best interests. In Texas, you can and should be represented in any Real Estate transaction.
You will get a better deal than you would have gotten without one. It’s really as simple as that!
This means getting you exactly what you want, keeping you from what you don’t want, saving you time and hassle, saving you money by finding under priced homes and negotiating an even lower price, making sure all papers are written to your advantage to save you thousands in cost of the house in fees, keeping you in control, and seeing that everything is handled until the sale actually closes.
Having a Buyer Agent is the difference between having a repair manual (seeing homes online) and having a mechanic (actually buying one).
This means that if you aren’t in the real estate business, you won’t be familiar with the ins and outs of buying a home (meaning no offense to you). You also won’t be familiar with how to make it work for you.
The listing agent will use this fact to get the seller a better deal at your expense. Just because an agent you called off a yard sign is likable and is driving you around doesn’t automatically mean he is working for you!
Unless you have an agreement otherwise, he is the SELLER’S agent, not YOUR agent, and will work to get the Seller the best deal!
A Real Estate Buyer Agent is trained in real estate and can make sure everything works for the home buyer, such as:
How do you know that a Real Estate Buyer Agent is working for the Buyer?
If you don’t have a WRITTEN Buyer Representation Agreement with a real estate agent, then that agent will be working for the home seller BY DEFAULT and will get the best deal for the Seller. (maybe at your expense)
Every home or property for sale HAS to have a written listing agreement signed by the Seller and the Listing Agent. This creates a representation contract between the Seller and Agent.
If you have a friend that is an agent, and you ask them to help you, AND you DO NOT have a written buyer agreement signed…
…by default that friend agent is a SUB AGENT to the Listing Agent, and is representing the Seller. Ethically, everything you tell them HAS to be revealed to the Seller during negotiations.
The typical scenario works like this: The Realtor says that the owner doesn’t want to negotiate on terms. Why? Because he is trying to get THEM, the Seller, the best deal, not YOU!
Is he showing you listings that aren’t what you want?
That’s because he is trying to sell the houses that are listed with his company ONLY! (Can’t blame him, that’s what he is contracted to do.)
Did the sellers find out that you were willing to pay full price?
That’s because THEIR agent told THEM what you said! (He HAS to do this. He is THEIR agent, not YOUR agent.)
You wouldn’t think of going into a courtroom and expecting the other guy’s lawyer to be looking out for you, would you? The same idea applies to real estate agents.
What are common reservations to hiring a Buyer Agent?
1. You want to do it all yourself
2. You don’t want to pay for an agent
3. You don’t want the hassle of dealing with an agent
Now consider this. There are good reasons to have a Buyer Agent working on your behave, that costs you nothing, and looks out for so many tasks in closing a real estate deal.
The simple reality is that you will be working with an agent no matter which home you buy, whether from a private owner selling his/her house through a real estate agent who represents THEM (not you), or from a builder’s representative (the agent who is in the sales office on the new home lot), who represents the BUILDER (not you).
Or, you can work with an agent who looks out for YOU.
Which do you prefer?
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