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Maribeth Gar…, Home Buyer in Ocean County, NJ

How do I find a buyers agent? I'm in Central New Jersey.

Asked by Maribeth Gardner, Ocean County, NJ Thu Feb 28, 2008

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There are several ways you can do this; #1 Ask around...friends, family, co-workers whom have worked with a buyers agent, or at least a realtor they had success (or trust ) with. This is how I get many of my buyers. A referral means alot and puts a great amount of responsibility on your buyers rep to do the best for you. Another way is doing some homework on your own and keeping an eye on the top agents in the area you are interested in relocating/ buying in. In other words, the ones who do the most, know the market the best. This is the best advice for finding a buyers rep.
Any further questions, please feeel free to call or email.
Best of luck and if you are moving to the southern Ocean County area, which I specialize in, I would be happy to help.
John Jelinski
Crossroads Realty, Barnegat
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
Hi Wayne,

Don't forget to disclose that you get a substantial fee from this type of referral. The public is largely unaware that friendly referrals are a source of income for the referring agent.

Web Reference: http://www.marcpaolella.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 23, 2008
Almost every response here was self serving and unhelpful.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 21, 2008
Because New Jersey is the only state in the nation that does not require real estate licensees to continue their education, I would suggest when speaking with agents find out how they continue to update their knowledge. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) offers many educational opportunities through local Boards of Realtors. If you are looking specifically for a buyers rep go to http://www.REBAC.net, that's the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council of the NAR. Agents listed here have completed advanced training the representing buyer clients. Good luck. If you have questions about Accredited Buyer Representation please contact me.
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Jersey Shore
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 9, 2008
Hi Maribeth,

You can start online here at Trulia. For some top agents in New Jersey who participate on Trulia, here is a link:


Just by posting what you did, several agents will chime in here who will be happy to work with you. Pick a few and arrange to have them stop by your home for an interview.

I would have a few minimum requirements before I would interview anyone:

1) At least 5 years in the business
2) Full time not part time

Beyond that, a lot of it will come down to "chemistry". Don't be afraid to be demanding. Your agent is here to serve you, not the other way around.

If you have any "tough" questions that you want honest answers to, contact me via my website. I do not work in your area but can answer any general real estate agency questions you might have.

Good luck!
Web Reference: http://www.marcpaolella.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
Hi Maribeth,

Most agents in NJ are both buyers and sellers agents. Some states like NY are just getting to understand the concept of being able to work with both.
I list home s and I sell homes, I am a listing agent and a sellig agent. The main thing is you find someone that is knowledgeable of the area's you are looking in and you are comfortable with.

I sell Central NJ - call me!

John Sacktig
Broker / Sales Associate
Orange Key Realty 732-213-1409

1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
Hi Maribeth, I hope you've found a good agent to assist you by now. If not, you undoubtedly have interacted with several. My recommendation is to interview agents, just as you would anyone for an important job, which is exactly what it is. Identify what matters most to you - market knowledge, internet savvy, responsiveness, whatever attributes you value - and then look for those in the agent you select. Do ask for references, and by all means, talk to them. Also, ask family and friends if they can recommend an agent. A satisfied customer is the best reference of all.

I am outside of your area and so I have no vested interest here - buying a home is a complicated process -a good agent can make a world of difference!

Jeannie Feenick
Weichert Realtors
Search and connect at http://www.feenick.com
Web Reference: http://www.feenick.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 23, 2008
Not to sound self serving or anything but finding a "buyers agent" who's style, knowledge, understanding and accessibility meet your requirements may just be a process of interviewing a few. Yes, check with those that have had experience (referral) but also go to Open Houses and while there interview that person. See if they follow up IMMEDIATELY with you and not a week later. Check their inventory knowledge for the immediate area but don't overlook the fact that your perfect home may be 10-15 or even 20 miles away. Agents today can not focus solely on a specific development or even township in most cases. Especially in Central NJ. I can interview you and then refer you to an appropriate agent, since I am part of a large network of agents and Brokers who are members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. I work in a large area that includes Mercer, Burlington, Hunterdon Somerset, Warren and Bucks County PA.

I wish you happy house hunting. This is a GREAT time to be a buyer. RIGHT NOW.
Web Reference: http://www.waynefsmith.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 23, 2008
Self serving and entertaining. Thank you. : )

Ask a friend or family member. Prior to being a Realtor I made the mistake of going to a phone book and picking a company to represent my sale based on the catchy company name... big mistake. I was very young and did not know that Realtors vary so greatly. I would also suggest you interview more than one. Personalities clash so make sure you like the person who you choose to represent you. Not all Realtors come close to being equal. One may offer everything while the next has great limitations so ask questions and compare.

Best of luck to you!
Web Reference: http://tkuyl.remax-nj.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 23, 2008
I love Harry P's last comment and he is so right. Maribeth, the fact of the matter is you need to pick a buyer agent whose last name starts with Z and ends with Z. They are really hard to find so good luck.
Web Reference: http://www.osmls.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 22, 2008
Look no further. I happen to be one. Full-time, experienced, cover most of Ocean County. Only about 2% of agents nationwide are ABR's.
Ray Garry, ABR
Crossroads Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 21, 2008
Ask for referrals from friends or co-workers to start. Most real estate agents in nj work with both buyers and sellers. If you need help finding a home in Central New Jersey please feel free to contact me. I cover all of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Heather Daccurso
Weichert Realtors
Cell 732-580-5309
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
The National Association of Realtors has a designatiion, ABR--Accredited Buyers Representative. That's another place to look for someone in your area, that has not been mentioned, yet.
If I were a buyer looking for representation, I would:
1st ask a friend/family member for a referral
2nd check out websites like Trulia--the link Mark gave is great, but it's only the start. Don't necessarily just look at an agent's numbers, look at their profile and then read their answers. See who you can best relate to.
3rd Meet agents at open houses and/or check print advertising. Agents love to toot their own horns, so you will get an idea of who is doing what business; however, being a good listing agent doesn't necessarily make one a good buyers' agent.
By the way, if you want to search for homes for sale and find out what the market in Brick is like, you can go to my website and order a market snapshot. It will show you closed sales as well as active listings so that you know not only what is for sale, but what things are selling for. Get your education before you speak with an agent and you will know who really knows the market!
Good luck!
Web Reference: http://www.dianeglander.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
In reponse to Jewel.

Hi Jewel - You are right to a point. A buyer does not have to stay with one particular agent.. yes, technically speaking, unless they sign a buyers agency agreement. ( not that I have them signed) But, that is where a good agent comes in, sure you can fly from agent to agent but, I can tell when that person is with me.. like a one night stand kind of thing. Buying a home is a relationship all the way around, if you find an agent you like, is knowledgable and you feel the chemistry with a buyer should work with that agent.

Most agents know when buyers are out there with 6 agents.. at that point it becomes a sell them anything fast kind of thing. I do not work that way, I like to help my people buy the right house. When I find out a buyer is working with a few agents agents I let them go and move on to clients that work with me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
You can always start with the agent of a Home you are interested in...and work with them from there...you are not obligated to stick with any one agent :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
I am a Buyers Agent located in California . I am with newHomes.Com. All Agents are Buyers Agents. Go to that website and locate a Buyers Agent in your community/

w v showen, Realtor
Good Luck to you...............
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
Hi Maribeth, Any agent can be your representative in a real estate transactions. You actually have the options of deciding which type of relationship you want to have with your agent; a sellers agent, buyers agent, or a dual disclosed agent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
Hi Maribeth, There are several ways to find a buyers agent. This website is a good way to start... For example, I could find a reputable buyers agent for you through Prudential because our companies work together no matter where they are located! Also, you could ask your friends and family if they have had any experience with buyers agents in your area. Another idea would be to go to some Open Houses this weekend and get a feel for several different Realtors in the area that you would like to buy in. Trust your gut as to who you like, but also do your homework! Ask for references from them and ask to see their license, etc. Hope that helps and let me know if I can help you!
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