1) the seller is a homeowner who is not represented by a real estate broker. Agree on price and terms with the seller and have an attorney draw up the sales contract, as well as handle all escrow, and final closing documents.
2) you have found a townhouse in a new subdivision. The sales agent for the builder will draw up the contract. You may choose to use their settlement company for closing.
3) the townhouse is listed with a real estate broker. You may use that agent (who Represents the Seller) draw up the offer/contract.
If you are concerned about paying a fee to an agent to represent you, this is not necessary. The purchaser's agent will be paid by the seller. This way you would have representation and someone looking out for Your best interest.
If you are looking in Heather lea, Coventry, or some of the other town home neighborhoods in Tabb, you'll find plenty listed with agents.
Are you looking to purchase something that is not listed? Then you just write an offer and negotiate with the owner. I just bought a townhome in Coventry a few weeks ago and am very familiar with the prices our there. There are a few for sale by owners so if that what you mean. - they are out there. The list prices aren't a steal, so you may not get a better deal. I own one home and two townhomes in 23693. If you decide to consult an agent, feel free to call.
The previous answers assumed that you are interested in a property that is currently listed with an agent. If you're asking about the process for a private sale, here are 2 options.
1 - Find a real estate attorney to help with the process if you deal directly with the seller and their attorney. 2 - Find a Realtor to represent you. The Realtor can approach the seller and work out a deal on your behalf using your state's standard sales contract. Commission is usually paid soley by the seller, but in this case it could be negotiatable point.
Either way, you'll be represented by a professional. The point is...you want representation.
Best of luck, Annie
My questions though is "Why would you want to?" The seller generally pays real estate commissions, so services of a professional who specializes in representing buyers generally won't cost you anything, so you'll get free professional advice, assistance, and expertise. Good luck whatever you decide to do. Incidentally, this observation also applies to new construction but you'll generally have to take an agent with you on your first visit to the model.
If you'd like to talk with a professional, you can reach me at 540 878-9573 (cell). You can also visit my web site at http http://:www.JoeGillis.net. I'll be delighted to answer your questions and assist in any way I can.
Are you asking other home buyers who already purchased a home to educate you about the process?
I find it somewhat dishonest on your part that you do NOT want to be represented by a broker, yet you expect agents to educate you about the process.
You have a lot to gain from a professional agent/broker representation - make sure that you hire an honest agent who has only your best interests in heart. Remember that the LISTING broker by LAW represents the SELLER (fiduciary duty) AND the listing agent keeps BOTH sides of the commission whether you are represented or un-represented by the buyer agent. Therefore, in a way, the buyer representation is FREE to you.
If you decide to hire a buyer agent, ask him/her if they have ABR, Accredired Buyer Representative, designation.
Basically, make an offer. Agree on terms. Take the paperwork to a title company or settlement attorney. However, find your real estate lawyer first and then proceed with those other steps.
Note, though, that as a buyer you wouldn't be paying a commission--if that's your concern.
Hope that helps.