As a licensed agent, would you buy in a new city without using an agent?

Asked by Bruce Lynn, Coppell, TX Wed Feb 27, 2008

Would you try to buy on your own without using a local agent in a new city that you are not 100% familiar with?

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Ken Herrera…, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Wed Feb 27, 2008
Hello Bruce,

Great question. I would not go at it alone in a place im not 100% familiar with. I have found many different practices in various parts of the country and you could set yourself up for problems if you do not know exactly what your doing. As an example im sure we can talk about our business practices and they will differ in many areas, thats just they way things are.
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Christina Hu…, , 91362
Fri Feb 29, 2008
I would always use an agent. I would research agents by calling and asking them questions. I wish more buyers would interview me. Most people don't recognize the value a Realtor can provide in the home search process. Finding a good agent can make all the difference in not only finding the right home, but also negotiating the best price, terms and conditions for the local marketplace and ensuring a smooth and timely close of escrow.
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Julie, , Buffalo, NY
Thu Feb 28, 2008
I would definitely work the connections within my own company and find a great buyer's agent in the new city who is affiliated with us. Good question.
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A, , Marietta, GA
Thu Feb 28, 2008
Absolutely Not! A professional agent can direct you to the home, neighborhood and location
that best suits your needs. The agent can share comparables with you so you are not over
paying.
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Pam Winterba…, Agent, Danville, VA
Wed Feb 27, 2008
Bruce....

I most definately would use a Realtor to represent me if I am purchasing in a new city that I am unfamiliar with.
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Bridget Lasz…, , Greensboro, NC
Wed Feb 27, 2008
Depends on if I know a little of the area or none at all. I am with a large firm so I would go to our local office there are try to get another agent to answer some of my questions and maybe guide me through the city. Maybe trade off by taking the agent to dinner or something similar as an exchange.
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Hilary Ander…, , Kalispell, MT
Wed Feb 27, 2008
No, you can get a referral fee for yourself and why wouldn't you?
Hilary
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