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Mvl, Home Buyer in Pennsylvania

Should I change my agent? I am moving to central PA and have been in contact with an agent. He seemed to

Asked by Mvl, Pennsylvania Thu Mar 27, 2008

have it all together and at first responded quickly to all my questions. However, when we actually got pre-approaval and agreed to start looking for houses, he asked me to send him a list of houses that I potentially like... and then he would send MLS and add other homes. In addition he was to contact FSBO homes... So far, almost two weeks later I did not receive anything specific. I already have airline tickets for the second week of next month to come to the area, but am not sure I should continue with this person. He gave me one e-mail reference upon my request who ... happened to be a coworker of his spouse... Anyway, what should I do? look for someone else in the area or continue with this same agent? What should my strategy be at this time? Thanks

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I sat with my agent when we first got started for over an hour going over just what we were looking for. Then HE sent me houses that fit the criteria not the other way around. That is his job. If your doing all the work sounds like theres something wrong there. Our agent gave us a list of referrals from his last year of business and we did check. I would get a new agent and this time get some names and numbers of recent clients to check with. Good luck.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 30, 2008

Sounds like that particular agent was persistent in gaining your business but not so much in continuing to earn it. Have you signed any sort of Buyer's Agreement with them? In my view, the fact that you are even asking the question means you may want to explore other options. Perhaps you'll find somebody whose sense of serving your needs in finding the home matches your desire to buy one. I think your strategy should be to Interview anybody who you are looking to work with, if you sense competence and chemistry...you probably found your match. Good luck!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 2, 2008
Hi - Mvl - sounds like you are about to meet either a busy agent who made a blunder or someone who maybe a permanent blunder!
Anyhow - I am sure once you get here and meet the agent and spend a little time in person you will get to know and like and hopefully workout your business together.
Why don't you meet the agent at their office and take a look around while you are there - then head out and take a look at some homes if you feel comfortable...
Hope that helps - Brooke.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 8, 2008
Hi Mvl!

I'm sorry to hear of your experience. There's LOTS of information to be had, and lots of help and guidance too.

There are lots of great agents here in central PA....and of course - as in any industry - there are those who are PT, and/or inexperienced, and/or in the business for the "easy money." (ha!)

I'd recommend contacting several agents....Here are a few items to ask:
1. How long have you been in the business?
2. What percentage of your business in 2007 was repeat and/or referral business?
3. Are you Full-Time?
4. What sets you apart from other agents?
5. How many transactions did you do in 2007?
6. Have you earned any professional designations?
(ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative, CRS - Certified Residential Specialist, GRI - Graduate, Realtor Institute, etc...)
The CRS designation is the toughest (and probably most expensive and time intensive) designation to earn. (http://www.crs.com - and you can search for a CRS designee in the area you're looking to move to!)

These types of questions will give you a better handle on who you are working with...Locally, the 'average' agent does between 4 and 6 transactions per year, on average. I'd suggest looking for someone who does lots more than that! Repeat and referral biz references and a high percentage of repeat/referral are also GREAT indicators that this Realtor does their job well!

If you need further assistance, I'd be happy to help and/or answer any further questions you may have. Your home is probably your largest asset - and most significant purchase! Make sure you are in well-qualified hands for your purchase!

AND - of course - if you're headed to Lancaster, Lebanon, York or Chester, I'd be delighted to be one of the Realtors you interview prior to making your decision! We're all just a phone call away! I specialize in Lancaster, but can direct you to some great agents in our neighboring counties, as well!

Best of luck to you and yours - and WELCOME to PA!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 6, 2008
Wow, in this market, I agree with Barbara, you should be getting TOO MUCH info, not too little! I would definitely consider working with a pro, and not the amatuer it sounds like you hooked up with.
Web Reference: http://www.askthebigguy.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 31, 2008
A relocation buyer is GOLDEN. If you are not getting OVER THE TOP service at the beginning of your relationship, it doesn't bode well. There are agents who specialize in relocating clientele and they understand the psychology of a person moving to a brand new area, uncertain and vulnerable.
Many of us here in the peanut gallery would be glad to refer you to one of the top relo-agents in the zip code you are moving to. If you could provide the zip code we can all weigh in. Personally I am with the Prudential and relocation is our strongest suit...( just a plug for THE ROCK) you are welcome to call me 888-VANCE-10 (toll free)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2008
As in most business or professions, 20% of the people do 80% of the business. Presumably the 20% are the most diligent and skilled. If I were looking for an agent, I would call at least two based on their Internet presence and select from them unless your current agent comes alive. As a caveat, the agent is more important than the company when buying, disregard the named brand in favor of the individual. This is far more critical on the sell side.

Also in general FSBO sellers are more uninformed and higher priced than listed properties, because of the compete market information that the Seller agent brings. That 3% perceived commission savings translates into less exposure of the property and more uninformed Sellers, so I wouldn't bother. This could be the reason that your Realtor "fired" you, and became less responsive. Or maybe not.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 1, 2008
I agree with Cindy, the Home Buyer in PA. I am an experienced, fulltime Realtor and the first thing I do when I meet a new client is set up a time to meet one-on-one so that we can discuss the needs of buyer and so that I can hear what the buyer has to say. If the buyer is not preapproved, that's the next step I take with them. Once I know what my clients are looking for and are willing to spend, then we'll look and see what is on the MLS together and then they will be set up to receive automated email listings that match their needs. If there are homes that are appealing to the buyer, then we will set up a time to take a look at them. I also am happy to provide a list of people I have helped in the past. I have a "What My Clients Say" section of my website, http://www.CherylFuss.com which is often helpful to people who do not know anything about me. As I mentioned before, I'd be happy to help you if you are still looking for the services of a fulltime, professional, honest, ethical and friendly Realtor!
Web Reference: http://www.CherylFuss.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 1, 2008
Hello Mvl,
Have you decided what you'd like to do with regards to an agent helping you?
If not, you are welcome to call me at 717-587-2046 or email me at Cheryl@GatewayRealtyInc.com to see how I can be of service to you. I look forward to hearing from you if you are not already in a Buyer Agency agreement. Take care!
Web Reference: http://www.CherylFuss.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 3, 2008

I am a broker in central PA...depending on where you are looking to move...I have a lot of great connections with Realtors in my surrounding area. I would be more than happy to provide you with that information. You can visit my website at http://www.northridgefinancialgroup.org . My phone number is 570-244-2649 or my e-mail is northridgefinancialgroup@comcast.net. Contact me at your convenience and I will do my best to help you out any way that I can.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 3, 2008
What area of central PA are you planning to relocate to? I am a fulltime, professional, caring, ethical, friendly Realtor who works primarily in Lancaster County. My clients are my top priority, and you will always hear from me the same day you call me or email me. Sending you listings would be something you would start receiving from my right away if you were my client. If you are in a Buyer Agency with the other Realtor then I cannot help you as you are already in an agreement with that agent. If the agent simply agreed to send you listings and no Buyer Agency contract was signed, then I can certainly help you and would appreciate the opportunity to do so. If you are in a contract with the agent, I would let the agent know how dissatisfied you are with the service you are being provided. There is nothing wrong with asking the agent to release you from the agreement. If I had a client who was upfront with me and honest and did not like the service I was giving them, I would release them if we couldn't work something out. If there is anything I can do to help make your transition to central PA easier and less stressful, please contact me. I have helped people move to this area from Virginia, South Carolina, Guantanamo Bay, Florida, etc. Thanks for your consideration. p.s. I have many clients that I would be happy to have you contact, not just one!
Web Reference: http://www.CherylFuss.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 1, 2008
WOW...two weeks later and nothing special...I agree in this market if your not going over the top and not getting too much info someone isn't doing their job right. I'm from state college originally from harrisburg let me know if you need a realtor reccommended
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 1, 2008
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