How do you find a buyers agent in the area?

Asked by Huny409, West Springfield, MA Sun Mar 7, 2010

How do you go about locating a buyers agent in Berkshire County or any area?

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Barb Davis-H…, Agent, Pittsfield, MA
Thu Apr 8, 2010
Since you have already determined that you want to use a buyer's agent, here is another way to find or locate one who specializes in buyer's agency. Each state in the U. S. A. has a Realtor Association. In Massachusetts it's referred to as the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR). Any agent who is a REALTOR will have all of their credentials stored in the MAR database. You can access this database to find a buyer's agent with the credentials "Certified Buyers Representative" "Accredited Buyer's Representative" and "Certified Residential Specialist". Go to http://www.MARealtors.com; Find A Realtor; Directory Search; Select City; or enter the agents name that you would like to represent you and you can see their credentials at this site.
Of course there is nothing better than a personal referral from a trusted family member, friend, or other advocate putting your interest first. Meet your buyers agent and get to know him/her for a few weeks or a month before you sign a long term buyer's agent contract. This way you can make sure your expectations and your agents work style match ensuring a better home buying experience. HAPPY HOME HUNTING!


Barb Davis-Hassan, CCIM, CRS, CBR, GRI
Broker/Owner
Barb Hassan Realty, Inc.
Tel. 413-447-7300 or 1-866-567-7300
http://www.BarbHassanRealty.Com
Barb@BarbHassanRealty.com
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Anne Meczywor, Agent, Lenox, MA
Tue Mar 23, 2010
Absolutely go for a referral from friends and co-workers, or your attorney. Look for an agent with several years of experience in the business, and one that has the CBR or ABR designations, which show addtional training specifically in buyer representation. Make sure they are a REALTOR as opposed to a licensed sales agent. If you are from out of the area, ask your local trusted agent to refer you. Agents have resources and connections to match you up with a great professional ANYWHERE. Good luck!
Anne
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Jane Becker, Agent, Worcester, MA
Mon Mar 8, 2010
There is a lot of resources on the internet. Try MABA, it stands for Massachusetts Association of Buyer Agents. or I can do the research for you instead and find you a buyer agent who would fit your needs best, since I belonged to that organization for 14 years. If you are interested in getting several names from me, feel free to contact me and I will do the research, at no obligation to you.
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Tom Lynch, Agent, Great Barrington, MA
Sun Mar 7, 2010
Hi Neighbor,

As others have suggested, referrals from friends, family, co-workers is the best source. If you are not able to get a referral, research which agencies are located in the area of the Berkshires you have an interest in. Call those agencies and get a feel for who answers the phone. If it "clicks" with an agent, ask them if they can act as your buyer's agent.

You might also puruse tte profiles of agents on Trulia and see if any stand out.

Please let me know if I can help.

Tom Lynch
Broker Associate, Massachusetts and New York
Berkshire Property Agents
Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230
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Tom and Joan…, Agent, Boston, MA
Sun Mar 7, 2010
Home buyer:

The best tool is to talk to friends and family who have recently had a real estate experience and ask for referral. The next option is to ask your mortgage broker for a referral. Finally, if those items don't pan out then going to open houses and meeting agents is another great way. You can chat with them and get a feel and if you want to set up a follow up interview then you can go that route as well. All the best.
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Mark Overhol…, Agent, Clovis, CA
Sun Mar 7, 2010
First ask your family and friends if they have worked with one that they liked. Secondly call up a few brokerages in your county and ask who specializes in your area of town. Then make appointments with each, and interview them to see who you like best.
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