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By CJ Holmes | Broker in Sonoma County, CA

Shop to Find the Very Best Buyer's Agent You Can

Blog Category:  Real Estate Nitty Gritty

Too many buyers seem to assume all agents have similar knowledge and experience, work equally hard, know everything there is to know about buying property, know all the intricacies of ever-changing lending criteria, and will be able to refer them to reliable service providers like lenders, inspectors, and escrow officers.

Is it any wonder a buyer feels cheated when it turns out their agent led them astray by allowing them to make an offer on a property that couldn’t be bought, or spent money on inspections and appraisals before learning they actually didn’t qualify for the loan? 

Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently.  Now, more than ever before, excellent results require excellent and experienced representation.   

Want to save yourself heartache down the road and thousands of dollars?  Interview before you hire.  At the least, insist your agent know about property loan criteria (many properties are now un-financeable), what the foreclosure status is of a short sale, what a property is really worth regardless of list price, and if you actually qualify for the loan before you waste your money.

The first step to “shopping right” for your next home is to shop for the best buyer’s agent you can find.

CJ Holmes, real estate investor since 1977, broker since 2005, and market analyst since 2007, has personally handled hundreds of transactions, viewed thousands of properties, and dealt with countless agents.  She also owns a portfolio of income producing properties, and has developed unique market analyses to determine and predict price trends. Her focus has been the 9 Bay Area Counties, but the analyses principles apply to EVERY MARKET NATIONWIDE. The buyer-seller motivations, the lender-bank restrictions, and the market dynamics are universal. She can be contacted at (707) 578-5727, cjholmes@cjholmes.com, or www.cjholmes.com.

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