I find that the home search comes into focus over time - and the agent can be of great value as your advisor but only if she is guiding your search overall. You do not achieve this is you work with many agents. Another disadvantage of working with many agents is that it diminishes the effort any one agent will put in to the relationship. Find yourslef a great agent and reward her with your loyalty.
Incidentally, I rarely ask a buyer to sign an exclusive buyer agreement until I have earned their trust and loyalty - and when I have, there hardly seems a reason to ask. I look at those agreements as a tangible sign of the "gentleman's agreement" we have in place.
Good luck to you,
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Interview with a few agents...you have to like the person you are working with and have to trust they are looking out for your best interests.
If you wait until you see a house, problems occur as to who is due a commission should you buy...it is not a good thing to see a house with one agent and put an offer in with another.
If you are looking for a recommendation, I would be happy to suggest an agent in your area to represent your interests. firstname.lastname@example.org
I never ask a buyer to sign any exclusive agreement. I work with any buyer purely on the basis of trust. If a buyer likes what I do, then he's happy and I'm happy. If we don't get along, or I'm not meeting his needs, then it's just as well we don't work together. Why work together if it's unpleasant or not accomplishing what needs to be done?
It does not make sense to see 4 hourses with 4 different agents. Ideally you need a buyer's agent who will work in your best interest to get you the best deal possible in the least stressful way. Someone who is patient and who is well-seasoned and will have all the answers you might ask.
Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty
Sometimes it's the agents fault for not explaining the process and sometimes the customers think that they are going to get a better deal by going to another agent. None of us can predict what's going to happen tomorrow, or at least I can't.
If this kept happening to anyone with half a brain you'd question why and would need to find a better way of not letting it happen over and over again. Yes I'd be bitter about it also and I am taking a leap here, you would be too.
Short and sweet trust does not come overnight and we're trying to get you to trust us in a short amount of time. .I've known married couples who don't or won't trust each other after 40 years.
You're buying experience should be a happy one and it's the real estate agent's job to alleviate you from the stressful side.All my clients have become family and my business is based on the referrals I receive from them. Problem is I don't get as much time to see them because I'm out helping other people achieve their dream.
Find your dream and don't let anything stand in your way. There are just bumps in the road on the way to your goal.
Thanks to you all.
If you find an agent who you like, don't be afraid to sign an exclusive agreement. You might want to sign a short term agreement to make sure you like the agent. Keep in mind if you buy a house using a different agent then you signed with you may end up paying the first agents commission even though you didn't actually use them to help you purchase a house. You can also sign an agency disclosure agreement with any agent. This way you know who they are representing, yet you can still use other agents.
Realtors are human beings. There are some good ones and some not so good. They also work on commission and don't make a dime unless you use them to buy a home. Put yourself in their shoes for a moment. Think about how you would feel if an agent took you around looking at many homes and then one day you were driving down the road, saw an open house sign and went in and bought that house...with a different agent. The first agent would have invested a lot of time and effort not to mention the gas used without getting paid a cent. If you find an agent you like, be loyal to them. If you see a house somewhere your agent may have missed, call your agent and tell them you want to see it. It's quite possible your agent may know things about a particular house and it may not be what you want or have other problems. If you have signed with an agent you know they are always working in your best interest.
Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty
It is improtant that the agent know the market that you are looking in and that you feel comfortable with that person.
Working with the agent who listed the house is not a bad idea, but you need to understand that if you try to have each listing agent take you to only their listings, you are limiting what you will see and potentially wasting your time.
Look for an agent who will give you a full over view of the market that you are looking in and who will bring you to all available properties that fit your needs. When you work with one agent, they will see what you like and don't like and help you filter through all the listings until you find the right one.
This has to be the easiest questions ever asked. When you pick an attorney how do you choose him or her? Youâ€™re usually doing so because you trust them to help you make the right decision for you. You'll also want an agent to represent YOU in one of the most expensive transactions you'll ever make so you'll need to give similar criteria to an agent you'll choose.
Usually you'll have a friend or relative who has had some experience with an agent so ask them for a recommendation. Although you do not need a buyer's agent wouldn't you want someone to watch out for your interests? Find someone who specializes in buyer agency and look at the number of designations he or she has. That means that they are truly committed to knowing as much as they can which in turn serves you better. The letters after their name don't mean much to you till you see them in action.
As a buyer's agent I expect that any house I show must be to a client and becomes one by signing the buyerâ€™s agency agreement. I now owe them special fiduciary responsibilities, even if it is for one day, and I have a guarantee that I will get paid if they decide to make an offer on of the house I have shown them. Unlike any other industry we work for nothing and expend money till a deal is finalized so we expect this type of loyalty in writing or otherwise we are wasting energy.
Now I did say for one day because by the end of the day I don't want to be locked into someone who I can't work with and neither do you. If after showing several homes to you with this one day agreement we find we can work together I would expect that you sign a contract for a longer period of time so I can put forth the effort to finding the right place and bringing it to a happy conclusion.
If you are looking in Florida I can suggest some realtors to work with that have the same ethic I do so you can either email MAILTO: email@example.com or contact me through my website: http://www.exittogreenrealty.com
Coldwell Banker Village Green
Good luck with your search
Please see my blog "Should i use 1 agent or more to find a house?" for mor einfo, tips and advice
Do most of your research online, go see the house on your own, the areas, then narrow your homes selection down. Then after, you can contact an agent and have them open the homes for you with the lock box key.