As a very practical matter, I think that if you know as much or more than I do, then you don't need me at all; if you don't, then you don't just need me a little bit.
The consensus may not provide the best answer for your particular circumstance.
- There are serious limitations to this "buyer agency model" which are difficult for a lot of people to admit and even more difficult to discuss publicly.
Please remember that, as Realtors, our knowledge, like that of , for example, accountants, is our stock in trade. When you ask for second opinions, be prepared to sign agreements ( required in real estate by both law and regulation ), and pay for them. After all, you would have to pay a dentist for a second opinion, too.
All contracts are negotiable, and can have non-exclusivity written in to them. Don't be surprised if you have to carry around a copy of this signed contract to show other agents when you ask them questions!
I think that a useful step you can take would be to contact the Northerrn Virginia Association of Realtors about limited service brokerage. This is a specialty recognized by law and regulation in Virginia. They should be able to give you names of some of these specialists.
I put this question up as a hypothetical because yes, I trusted him, yes he was qualified, but as all of you know, two trusted and qualified people can have different opinions. I'd like to have a way to vet that out in a home buying situation. There are serious limitations to this "buyer agency model" which are difficult for a lot of people to admit and even more difficult to discuss publicly.
You may want to research on the web the variety of companies that do provide limited service and/or buyer rebates for clients who want to do the majority of the work themselves. They exist in our area.
What the blog describes isn't much different from what many agents do. Forget the phrasing, "facilitator" interview agents and discuss what services they are willing to provide, what their experience is and why you should chose them over the competition.
If you are looking to "drive the bus" as the blog indicates, make sure you choose someone willing to let you do this, but remember Agents have a responsibility to advise you when you are making what they may believe is a bad decision. Some will more than others based on thier knowledge and experience. That's why you should interview a few and decide who is a good fit for your expectations and experience.