As so many fine agents have commented that you need to have a Buyer's Agent that will represent you with the purchase of your home. Your Buyer's Agent has a specific duty to represent you in a manner that is fair and with care, integrity, honesty, and loyalty. As a buyer, you want to work with a Realtor that places your interests first, not those of the seller or the agent's family.
Your Buyer's Agent works for YOU. Your relationship with them typically begins with a meeting during which time they will strive to get to know you better and learn more about what you are looking for in a home/property and how soon you are looking to make a purchase. They will likely educate you on the process for purchasing a home and will tell you what you can expect during various stages of the search and purchase process. They will work closely with you and your lender it that were the case, to determine the exact price point you quality for. Once the groundwork has been established, your Buyer's Agent will show you property. Quite likely they will even send you property information directly from the Multiple Listing Service. Once you find a property that you would like to purchase your Buyer's Agent will likely prepare a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) so that you will know what similar properties have sold for. If you have questions they will seek to find answers for you. Your agent will guide you in the determining what price to offer, will prepare all documents necessary for your offer, and will then present your offer to the seller or seller's agent however the case may be. From that point on they will communicate with you by phone and in writing and will negotiate your offer on your behalf. After your offer has been accepeted, they will work with you through Escrow and will assist you in scheduling inspections, reviewing reports and disclosures and requesting repairs as needed.
How can you tell if you have a Buyer's Agent working for you? They may have asked you to sign a Buyer Representation Agreement or at the very least a Disclosure that describes your Real Estate Agency Relationship and of course you have a copy of the signed paperwork. A Buyer's Agent doesn't present your offer to purchase a home verbally without submitting in writing as well.
I'd be happy to assist you with your home search. You can view properties on my website and you can contact me by email or telephone. I look forward to assisting you.
Wishing you all the best,
Birgit O'Hearn, Realtor