The seller is represented by an agent, why shouldn't you be?
If you have been looking for a year, you have encountered many agents over that time period. Interview several of them to see who you think would represent your interests best. Some agents have gone for additional education and have attainted the designation of Accreditated Buyers Agent,. You can visit http://www.rebac.net and look for agents there. You can also go onto Realtor,Com and look under find an agent. Both places will have agents in your area and have a brief biography about them.
As stated in a previous post, most Buyers Agents accept the commission that is paid by the seller.
Once you have a buyers agent working for you, they should send you listings that fit the criteria you are looking for in a home. This should also include any For Sale By Owners as well.
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Ooooh! You better listen to #1 Closer! He's got Mad Skillz! :-) Well ... no - don't do that. I am totally joking
Anyway - seriously - you will likely need a buyers agent - unless you buy a FSBO home. Their fee is paid by the seller. That's already worked out. And you won't "save 3%" by trying to avoid that. You MIGHT be able to save a bit through negotiating one with a buyers agent but I wouldn't advise this - clearly this is your first home and you'll need the benefit of a good buyers agent.
The two places I'd recommend for searching for homes are Trulia.com and Realtors.com. FSBO sites are also available if you wish to look for those. And you can look on craigslist.com.
You may even wish to put your own ad on craigslist.com - it's free and you'd be surprised how many people reach out to you!
What you don't want to do is just pick any buyers agent. You need to interview 4-6 of them to find one that you like, who listens well, and will be a good advocate for you - with good negotiating skills. Please avoid any agent who is part time. You want a full time agent that has been doing this for years and is one of the top people in their agency for first time buyers.
You have received a lot of information about buyers agents and their help to you.
I would like to address another issue: What are you looking for? If you have been looking for a year, --diligently looking, using all the tools that are available to you on innernet, Homes and Lands magazines and newspaper ads, MLS listings, etc. and have not found ANYTHING-- there are a few questions you ought to answer:
1-Are you realistic in the price you are willing to pay for a certain property? Find out at what price properties similar to what you are looking for are selling. You may need to adjust you expectations.
2- How wide is your search? Do you have more than one neighborhood that you are considering? Or is your house dream too specific? Maybe you should consider building, so that you can have all the unique features you desire.
If you contact an experienced buyers agent in your area they can help you see if what you are looking for is possible. IF it is, they can help you look at the homes that fit your parameters. IF what you are looking for is totally unrealistic-- at the price you want to spend-- it will save you a lot of frustration to know it now.
Hope that helps.
If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me. The very best of luck to you.
Michael D Delp
4802 Old Bethlehem Pike,
Telford Pa. 18969
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The MLS will not show many homes which are listed FSBO, and quite frankly, this is why many FSBOs eventually go to realtors. Also, some homes sell before they even get on the MLS. This is especially true during a seller's market. By working with an agent who is knowledgeable of the local area, has connections with other realtors in the area, and works for a reputable broker, s/he may often find out about new listings before they ever reach the MLS. Additionally, there are some statuses, like "active no showings" and "temporary off market," in which there's a listing agreement in place but showings are not be accepted at this time. These listings do not show up on the commercial sites like realtor.com or trulia.com. A realtor with access to the MLS will know of these properties and can get in touch with the listing agent to find out if the seller is still entertaining offers or would allow a showing of the property.
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Of course you should. You are about to make the biggest purchase of your life and you want to do this without a professional? If you are like most foks, you'll take the next 30 years to pay off your purchase. Get someone you trust to represent you in the process (a Buyer's Agent) and let them do most of the leg work for you. Their job (once you make your seletion) is to walk you through the process from beginning to end. Generally, you don't pay them. Usually their payment comes from the Seller's proceeds. As far as listings, there are many, many web sites, to search, but most sellers still rely on the local MLS system to sell their homes. Hope that helps.
A Buyers Agent is there to protect your interest and help guide you in the process of purchasing a home. Find someone you like and feel comfortable with, I am sure that in your travels over the past year, you have meet an agent you felt like you clicked with. Give them a call and ask them to give you a hand. I am sure that they would be thrilled to help you.