Don't call the number on that yard sign... You need Buyer Representation!
Most people begin their home search by 'driving by' homes they like, often calling the phone number on that yard sign out front. This is a BIG mistake! Why? Because that agent represents the Seller.
However, most Buyers are hesitant to call a Buyer's Agent or a Buyer's Broker because right now, they are 'just looking'. That is OK. In fact, the best time to employ a Buyer's Agent is when you are 'just looking'.
Instead of calling 5 different Listing (or Seller's) Agents, you should have one Buyer's Agent to call anytime. Anytime you want to see a home or anytime you have a question. This way, you develop a relationship with that agent which encourages a sense of trust. Wouldn't you rather be working with someone you trust than someone you you just met from a sign? A Buyer's Agent can schedule a day of private tours just for you.
When it is time to make an offer, your Buyer's Agent can assist in determining market value, making a fair offer, negotiating the contract, scheduling inspections, negotiating repairs and much more.
The best part is that a Buyer's Agent is free to the Buyer. The Seller pays the commission.
A Buyer's Agent will...
Analyze your wants & needs, and will prepare a short-list of market-ready homes for your viewing.
Arrange a financial pre-qualification with a local lender so that your offer is as strong as possible.
Schedule property showings at your convenience.
Assist in preparing the Offer to Purchase and Contract.
Negotiate the terms of your Offer.
Review and interpret property disclosures, inspections and all those other nasty little things.
Offer advice and guidance throughout the entire process from contract to closing.
Follow-up after the sale to ensure 100% satisfaction!