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Question of the Day: What makes a great buyer's agent

Asked by Trulia, San Francisco, CA Thu Mar 8, 2012

How does a home buyer identify a great agent? What are some key things he/she does?

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A great buyer's agent has many traits.
Listener,
Organization,
Punctuality,
Dedication,
Attention to Detail,
Thoughtful,
Professionalism etc.

A great buyers agent listens when the client speaks.Makes recommendations based on the clients needs.Negotiates the best deal in favor of their client.And is always professional and punctual.

In a nut shell that is what I provide my clients because that is what I expect when I am using a professional.

Taj Weldon
Real Estate Agent
209-740-4176
DRE 01816152
Tywelldone@gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 13, 2012
A great buyers agent will have extensive knowledge of the market they are working in. They will listen with an open mind and respond to all their clients question or concerns. They will make sure they are available to meet with their clients, view properties, explain contracts and the process for buying a home. The most important thing is that they will make sure their clients are always happy.
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A great buyer's agent will not complain about having to write many offers for you because you have lost out on other houses due to multiple offers.

A great buyer's agent will be involved in the inspection process and ask inspectors questions alongside you.

A great buyer's agent will answer your calls and emails the same day (ok, within reason- if you email at 10 pm it probably won't be the same day!).

First time buyer? A great buyer's agent will hold your hand throughout the entire process, listen when you have questions, and be patient while you take your time.

A great buyer's agent should be someone you trust, someone you get along with, and someone you find interesting because you will be in close contact with them for the duration of your home buying process (and after!).

Finally, a great buyer's agent is someone who knows when to meet your for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine when things become intense and you need to vent. The process will be frustrating, rewarding, educational, and exciting so pick someone you like!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 15, 2012
Understanding the buyer's needs and translating them into potential properties within the financial ability of the buyer. Then have the experience and knowledge to give advice to your buyer. Then be able to execute the process of purchasing from the initial offer all the way through the close of escrow. There are about 88 things that can go wrong in this process. Finally, provide services to your buyer even after the sale for the rest of ownership.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 8, 2012
How to find this great buyer agent? Interview them (can be a very casual conversation to get a sense of their style) and call their clients for references.

Good luck in your search!
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A good buyer's agent? In a nutshell:
* Listens more than she/he talks, so she/he really gets what the buyer wants & needs
* Has been through the purchase process many times, and speaks from experience
* Stays in touch - a lot! This is a professional service. Service is key.
* Knows how to translate buyer preferences in real homes so she/he can successfully match the buyers with homes that will appeal to them rather than sending them out to look at every new listing every week
* Knows how to price a home in a competitive offer situation
* Advises and educates her/his buyers like crazy, and then leaves the final decisions up to the buyers (not a pushy arm-twister but not a totally hands-off whatever-you-want approach either)
* Has a reputation for professionalism and trustworthiness with clients and other agents: Nobody, including sellers and their agents, wants to deal with an agent who doesn't keep her/his promises, or who doesn't know how to get her/his buyers through the contingency period on time
* Has good relationships with local inspectors and contractors, which will help her/him get thorough and quick buyer inspections
* And more...
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Patience, Honesty, local knowledge, and contractual knowledge are all important. There are many that fit the bill, but most importantly it should be someone you trust & are comfortable with - Sean Schwilling @ Your Service
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Gina Odom, Agent, Oakland, CA A good buyer's agent is a Realtor who has local experience, good references, who is due diligent and ultimately has your best interest in mind. Check out reviews on the Realtors you interview. You can do this by going to their profile on Trulia, Zillow or Yelp. Talk to the agent and get a feel for how they work and if they will be able to work with your personality. It's important that you trust the agent you are working with!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 8, 2012
A great buyer's agent has many traits.
Listener,
Organization,
Punctuality,
Dedication,
Attention to Detail,
Thoughtful,
Professionalism etc.

A great buyers agent listens when the client speaks.Makes recommendations based on the clients needs.Negotiates the best deal in favor of their client.And is always professional and punctual.

In a nut shell that is what I provide my clients because that is what I expect when I am using a professional.

Taj Weldon
Real Estate Agent
650-262-0271
DRE 01816152
Tywelldone@gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 8, 2012
Home buying is a process, and every buyer has a different pace. The best agents support buyers at their own pace -- identifying the home, price, size, neighborhood, condition, amenities that the buyer wants. While the agent offers suggestions, the best agents are sensitive to the buyer's opinions, and follow the buyer's lead.

Importantly, the agent alerts the buyer to conditions that affect the value and desirability of the property. This could be anything from condition, floor plan, amenities, and issues that are nearby the property. Every property is unique, so it is important to inspect it with an eye for detail during the contingency period. After the buyer understands the market, guiding the buyer through their due diligence is the next key to quality service by the agent.

I suggest buyers find an agent they feel very comfortable talking to. Your agent will be a source of information, and also someone to discuss issues with as you make your decision.

I'm happy to have a buyer meeting with you, and share my comprehensive buyer packet.
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