Ho, When i contact a realtor, HOW do I know if they are a buyer agent.

Asked by Nat, Uptown, Saint Petersburg, FL Tue Feb 22, 2011

they all say yes, but it seems I am losing a lot of time contacting many...who abandon me after a few days or weeks.


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Marge Bennett, Agent, Fort Myers, FL
Tue Feb 22, 2011
Ask them. Why do you think they are abandoning you? Are you responding to their calls or e-mails? Are your parameters reasonable? Are you available to view homes? Are you pre-qualified or have proof of funds? Most agents who have a "live" buyer will stay with them as long as they think they buyer is loyal and reasonable. Hope this helps.
Also, don't be afraid to sign a buyers brokerage agreement.
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Rhonda Holt, Agent, New York, NY
Tue Feb 22, 2011
Most agents work with buyers on a regular basis, but not necessarily a bonafide buyers's agent. A buyer's agent only works wth buyers usually and they will do paperwork with you to bind you to them and the services they will provide for a fee.

Most likely you are just working with a regular sales agent that dabbles in working with buyers if someone they're interested in working with comes along and they do not get a fee from the buyer. In this case you will get bounced around from agent to agent util you find a skilled and experienced agent.

To get an agent's attention you should get qualified by a mortgage broker, have your credit run (you can use it for three months) and have your w2's and paystubs ready. Also know what kind of home you want and what area you want to live in. An agent wil take you more seriously because they know you're serious as well.

I hope my answer helped you.
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Tony McMahon, Agent, WHITE PLAINS, MD
Tue Feb 22, 2011
A Real Estate agent can service both buyers and sellers. They become a buyers agent when they and the buyer sign a buyers agency agreement . This will ensure them that you are serious and committed to working exclusively with them and not just wasting their time , and you that when you view properties that they will be looking out for your best interests.
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Melissa Bark…, Agent, Washington, DC
Tue Feb 22, 2011
Hi Nat

Have you signed a buyer broker agreement with any of them? You should talk to a few different agents to see who seems to be a good fit for you, as well as asking them if they focus more on buyers or seller or if the have a CBR or ABR designation, should be a good start for you.

Good luck!
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Stacy Carter, Agent, Roswell, GA
Tue Feb 22, 2011
If you're concerned you're only getting lip service, ask if they hold any Buyer designations; either Certified Buyer Representative (CBR) or Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR).

You should take the time to interview with several agents to make sure there's a mutual fit. When you've made your selection, make it known that you are committed to working with only them and they should in turn, give you 100%.

All the best.
Stacy Carter
Associate Broker
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
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Nancy Sweeney, Agent, Sioux City, IA
Tue Feb 22, 2011
You can establish an actual agency relationship by contract with the realtor of your choice. Interview agents to see if they recognize your objectives. There is a difference in realtors if you are looking for income property, commercial real estate, or personal residence.
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