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Byrone Mayo,  in 30337

buyer beware....most of picture are out dated.spent alot of time looking at homes and they where nice looking on the net, but look a mess in person,

Asked by Byrone Mayo, 30337 Thu Dec 22, 2011

and the agent told me over the phone that they where in great shape,now after speaking with over 10 agent they all gave the same excuse...lies...Buyer beware...these homes have not been seen buy most agent if not all...im just saying, you want a fee up front, but you cant tell the buyer nothing about the house itself...wow....buyers find the property and go their yourself....Im just saying....

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Good already. Just a few quick thoughts:

You shouldn't be paying a fee up front. Some agents may do so, but that's not "the norm."

Having an agent preview a property is a good start, but as Tim notes your standards may differ from that of the agent's. Tip: Have the agent take a bunch of digital pictures of the house in its current condition and e-mail them to you.

You're right: Most agents haven't seen most of the houses on the MLS. If you call one about a particular house, that agent will pull up the MLS listing and take a look at the pictures. The agent can also go back in history and often take a look at pictures from 5 or 10 years ago (if it was on the market during that period). Tip: The MLS in my area (and likely in many/most others) will put a small copyright blurb on the pictures. That copyright often contains the year. Sometimes (and this may be part of what's happening to you) pictures from a previous listing--5 or 10 years ago--will be used in the new listing. Tip: Take a close look at the bottom of the picture and see if says something like: "Copyright 1997." That's an indication that you're looking at an old picture. Another tip: See if the exterior photo(s) correspond with the season. For instance, in September be careful if you're looking at a picture of a house covered with snow.

And I agree with you and driving past the house itself. It'll tell you something about the house. But even more important, it'll tell you a whole lot about the neighborhood.

Hope that helps.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 22, 2011
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
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I know I'm not alone, (I've talked to a lot of other Agents);
When I am going to show some homes to a Client, I preview the homes,
so that I know it is still available, what the good and bad are, and most of all,
where the darn thing is located!

Good luck and may God bless
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 22, 2011
Larry,

If you want an agent to do that kind of work for you... drive in person to every house you have interest in, then there better be a sense of loyalty from you on your part to the agent. Have you committed to just 1 agent? Have you been approved for a loan? Are you a serious buyer? Agents who do this full time have only so many hours in a week. We get paid when someone buys or sells a home, period. We don't get paid to be a taxi cab and just show houses. I find it funny the average public thinks is a realtors job to just open the front door. We offer so much more than that, but you have to be willing to do your part too as a buyer as well. The first is be serious about buying and be a ready, willing and able buyer. If you are, then you shouldn't have a problem finding a realtor who will exceed your expectations.

Almost every home on the internet looks better than it does in person. If you want real information you won't get it from just looking at pictures. It sounds like you have been calling multiple realtors and not seeking to hire one to accomplish the goal of finding a home. Your best strategy in getting the most out of a professional realtor is to be committed to just one. If you need help in finding one who will provide the type of service you desire for your area, let me know and I can help you find a good one.

Best of luck to you in your home search.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 27, 2011
I PAID A RETAINER FEE, FOR THE WORK I DID MYSELF ONLINE...david brower MADE THESE COMMENTS, AND I DO MY JOB WELL I WOULD NEVER TAKE SOMEONES MONEY, AND NOT PROVIDE THE SERVICE, I CAME FROM AUSTRALIA AND THE SAME HOUSE THAT I SAW ON THE NET WAS TRASHED OUT HOME THAT THE REALTOR SAID THEY WHERE GREAT HOME'S....SMH....YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO MAKE THESE COMMENT'S READ WAS SAID AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CLEARITY BEFORE YOU MAKE A COMMENT...THANK YOU
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 27, 2011
Sometimes, you have to see them in person to see what condition they are really in. Ron, gives great advice below... get an agent who will preview for you. It will save you & your agent a ton of time.
best of luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 22, 2011
What sort of up front fee? Often a buyers agent has not seen the homes they are showing the buyers before, sometimes I have seen a few but often it's a first time for you and for me. You can both go out and discover the home together. What is perfect to you might be total junk to me and visa verse. Most buyers can't go see listed property by themselves. Having a buyers agent does not cost anything to the buyer so why not use one?
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