Ted makes a great point! Another designation to look for in your agent is â€œCBRâ€ - Certified Buyer RepresentativeÂ® - as this allows consumers to identify a buyer agent who has been trained and who possesses the skills necessary to represent purchasers in a legal, ethical, and non-adversarial fashion. Those agents who have acquired this designation have demonstrated their commitment to full client level service to the buyer. They perform a level of diligence in the real estate transaction that is unparalleled in the industry. A designation less than 1% of Realtors have earned. Here is a link with a directory for your review. Best of luck to you! http://www.cbrsource.com/
Melissa Mancini, Realtor, CBR, GRI
I did end up going with a buyers agent.
My experience with buying a house has been mixed. The process was very smooth though i did feel pressured occasionally to make an offer probably in a hurry.My biggest problem was after we moved in the builder was a cheat or rather a man of little scruples, there were a lot of small things which we were promised will be fixed and he never got around to doing it and it has been a year now!! thought of taking him to court but the expense and effort of doing it myself is a lot less.I did talk to the agent who suggested that the only alternative is to take him to court. I feel i should have been warned by my agent that these may not be done and alternative would be to take the builder to court. Now if this was a big firm or a reputed builder i think it would have been easier which was my first thought on choosing a house but the agent convinced me that since the builder was a small time he would be more careful in preserving his reputaion.
BTW WARNING DONT BUY HOUSES FROM SCOTT SIMERLY around JC
This is a good venue to find a buyers agent. Look through their profile (click on their pictures). You can hear honest feedback from buyers in the marketplace (thank you to Case and Angie, and hopefully Dunesâ€¦), the professional agents who can help you directly, and pros who can comment from all over the country. Even guys like me who have no dog in the fight - I donâ€™t happen to work in Johnson City.
After having been in the business, the factors that would affect my decision would be experience with the process (how many transactions total, how many last year), experience with technology (are they able to correspond at the speed you need from them) and energy (do they want to keep up with you, do they know how to find you the right home for your plans, do they work hard for you).
Did you end up finding the right agent for your first home purchase Sree?