Question of the Day: What makes a great buyer's agent

Asked by Trulia, San Francisco, CA Thu Mar 8, 2012

How does a home buyer identify a great agent? What are some key things he/she does?

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Jenifer Hick…, , Mississippi
Thu Mar 8, 2012
Typically by signing a buyer’s rep agreement with a buyer’s agent, you can expect him or her to:

*Understand your specific needs and wants, and locate appropriate properties.
*Assist you in determining how much you can afford (pre-qualify your mortgage).
*Preview and/or accompany you in viewing properties.
*Research properties, to identify any problems or issues you should consider.
*Advise you in formulating your offer.
*Help you develop your negotiation strategy.
*Provide a list of potential qualified vendors (such as inspectors, attorneys, lenders, etc.) for other related services that may be needed.
*Keep track of all the details throughout the entire transaction—to closing and beyond.
*In other words, a buyer’s rep should make your home buying experience go as smoothly and successfully as possible.
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But not all buyer’s reps are equal. A buyer’s rep who has earned the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) REALTOR® designation has made an extra effort to raise the bar, with additional training and experience in serving you, the home buyer. If you work with an ABR®, you can feel more confident that you’ll receive the highest level of buyer-representation services
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