Well, I think you have a resounding answer. We all feel very strongly about you having the representation you deserve at what should be at no cost to you.
If you are looking to find a professsional in the Dorchester area take a look at your Massachusetts Association of Realtors website to find a Realtor that you feel is a good match for you.
I agree with the comment made by Colin Emmons about seeking out an agent that has earned the ABR, Accredited Buyer Representative, designation. I have the ABR designation and I feel that it is important education to have and that the agent you choose can utilize that knowledge to be helpful to you as a buyer.=
Not sure what agents your use to dealing with, but let us know so we can let the licensing board know.
But getting back to code red he definately needs representation, whether it be a buyers agent, a good attorney or both.
Ellen Friedman, Keller Wlliams Realty, firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-448-1542
Not is there always equal or for that matter compensation always offered by the seller or the sellers agent. A true buyers agent is suppose to get the best property and deal for their client. That means exploring ALL situations, even those not on the market.
So if a home B is on the market and home A and C are not and you do not ring there bell to see if they will sell their home, are you truely representing the best interest of your client? I don't think so.
Always have your own agent who goes to bat for you.
That is your team member. A listing agent has signed dated and date stamped
A contract with the seller before you, hence his/her first fiduciary duty is to the seller
Also a buyers agent will get all the inspections done, advise you on the neighborhood and the right price to
Offer on the house. Generally, it is tough for a listing agent to go to a seller and advise the seller that look I am also writing an offer for a buyer but for $25k less.
It is not logical.
Where I sell real estate, commission is almost always paid by the seller (unless some other agreement is reached between you and the seller, but again where I come from, that is fairly rare.) The only fee you might come across for using a buyers agent is a broker's admin. fee. In my area those range form $200-$300, and are usually added into your closing costs (I don't know if they have those in your area, and if so, what the amounts are). Keep in mind if you ask for some, or all, of your closing costs to be covered you may not even pay that!
When looking forn an agent, I'd suggest looking for one that has the ABR (Accreditied Buyers Representitive) designation. Few agents take the time to get this training, but the ones that have specialize in working with buyers.
Overall, and agent on your side (ABR designation or not) is very important. Especially since they cost you next to nothing!
If you're not guilty, should you hire an attorney to represent you in court? YES, you need and deserve representation on a purchase. Your own agent can help you determine value, negotiate the transaction refer you to quality vendors for inspection, lending and other professionals as they become necessary.
Ellen Friedman, Keller Williams Realty, 617-448-1542 or email@example.com