To Laura's point, the first thing you should learn is the current market conditions and have realistic expectations. Your agent should be able to analysis the market and give you an appropriate range of value for the properties under consideration. Every negotiation is different; the cast of characters have changed. Rather than a "pit bull" perhaps you need someone who can up with a winning strategy. Years ago one of the biggest and most aggressive agent in Greenwich presented a low-ball offer to my clients with the "this is my guys best, they can take it of forget it". My sellers were appalled at her offer and attitude, they choose another buyer who was delightful and paid more money. When the deal closed, the first agent called me up and screamed her folks wanted the house and could have paid that amount etc. I said that if that was the case you didn't choose the right strategy. As Realtors we don't go up to the seller with a gun and say "you have to accept this lousy offer"!
I find that the best deals are the ones where both sides had to give something. They tend to stay together better. Good luck on your search.
Do you really wish for an "aggressive" agent or one who is knowledgeable and experienced on the local Stamford market and is an excellent negotiator?
Please, know that the market in Stamford is no longer a "buyer's market" as many properties for sale are receiving multiple offers if they are priced well, in good condition, and have a desirable location. This means that the buyers have lost some of their negotiating power when it comes down to price and requesting credits for repairs. But...a skilled agent certainly will fight to get you the terms you desire.
Below, is my contact information if you wish to discuss the qualities and tools I possess in assisting a buyer to obtain the best price and terms on their home purchase. I work for my clients in their best interests so that they are happy and satisfied with their home purchase. Please, feel free to contact me.
Prudential Connecticut Realty
The Breglia Group
Ranked # 1 Team Company Wide 2012
Cdwell Banker Residential
177 West Putnam Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
I'm an EBA and I wrote a book called "Buying a Home: Don't Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You". It will be the best $6 you've ever spent. Follow the link below.
Best of luck!
I work with many investors that are satisfied with my results. Check me out on Trulia & Zillow and see for yourself.
The Breglia Group
Ranked #1 Team Company Wide 2012
Five Star Realtor Award 2013
International Sterling Society Award
Coldwell Banker Residential
I have a good reputation as an aggressive agent who is very knowledgeable in the local market. You will not find a harder working realtor. I work 7 days a week.
Call me anytime to discuss.
Prudential CT Realty
Best of luck with your home search!!
Give me a call and I will show you why
Equity Capital Real Estate
(203) 280 3838
Also, are you interested in someone who is JUST a buyer's agent or an agent that is just aggressive?
You can also look at their designations -- ABR is Accredited BUYERs Representation. GRI - is Graduate REALTOR Institute - which is a long process for serious REALTORs (Kinda the equivallent to a MBA).
Good luck with your home purchase and if you need a recommendation, would be glad to help.
Cassandra Bickel, REALTOR