1) She was easily reachable both through phone, and more importantly, email.
2) She was on top of all the things that needed to be done to buy a home, and could answer all of our questions. I don't feel like there's anything I am unsure of or that was forgotten.
3) She was very diligent about getting the seller's agent to move on things, as there were a number of things the other agent lagged on.
4) Not only did she not encourage overbidding (common here in San Francisco), but she worked to help us underbid successfully on our place. This was really impressive, because she showed us quite literally that loyalty to her clients is more important than money.
The only negative experience I can say that I had with our realtor is that she pointed us towards a particular mortgage person. This isn't necessarily bad, but we didn't like the rates/service offered by this person, and when we wanted to go elsewhere I felt that she was pressuring us not to. I would have appreciated general guidance on the mortgage without any pressure to use a particular lender.
Melissa Mancini, Realtor, CBR, GRI
It's not about designations (yes I am an Accredited Buyers Representative)...it's about caring and commitment.
1) Knowledge: marketplace, comps, history of the property, understanding of housing, systems,
2) Experience: provides the ability to gage reasonable decisions, have contacts, relationships, history
3) Skill: Presentation, negotiation, sales ability ( from prior career history as well and/or real estate)
4) Education: Real Estate, Sales, Negotiating Classes
5) Work Ethic: Will work hard for you, be reasonably and quickly available
6) Moral Ethic: Deals with all persons fairly and honestly, while maintaining fiduciary with client.
Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group, Inc.
Next they have the client do their due diligence and then head out to see properties while continuing to educate the client. Once inside homes the broker educates the client about the home and the market, and will eventually assist the client in the preparation and presentation of an offer.
Our jobs are to communicate with the buyer and help them get where they want to go smoothly and cost effectively.
This is my abbreviated version of the buyer broker, but would be happy to discuss further over coffee.
I tell my clients that I am treating them as my children or parents and looking out for THEIR best interest in regards to caution and negotiations and strategizing.
Interview a few to find a good fit for you. CAll me 508-888-6540 X 35 to discuss or check out my website http://www.JeanSOLDMyHouse.com to search the web FREE with addresses and open house dates allowed!
Here are some questions to ask:
They should be a full-time professional REALTORÂ® Ask them how long have you worked full-time in real estate? What geographic areas do you specialize in? What is there track record?
Do you have a Website? What information can I find there?
How will you keep me informed during my home search and throughout the transaction?
Do you have a staff or a team? If so, what roles will they play in my transaction?
Will you show me properties from other companiesâ€™ listings?
Will you represent me exclusively, or will you also represent the seller? May I have that in writing?
How will you get paid? How are your fees structured?
What distinguishes you from other real estate agents? What is your negotiating style?
May I contact some of your recent clients as references?
Do you have a performance guarantee? If I am not satisfied with your performance, can I terminate our buyer agency agreement?