When you’re thinking of buying homes for sale in Fredericksburg, VA have you considered using a buyer’s agent? That’s right – a real estate agent that represents ONLY the buyer’s best interests? Press play below to hear Aaron’s top 3 reason to use an agent, and keep reading for our top 10!
Our top reasons...
#1. It’s FREE. The commission is actually paid by the seller! Where else can you employ services and receive the benefits of a trained and experienced professional for free?
#2. Negotiating Power. Having a buyer’s agent helps you hold all the cards when negotiating with the seller.
#3. The MLS. Once a buyer’s agent knows your price range and what you are looking for, they will use the full power of the MLS (multiple listing service) to help you find it. They can also setup email campaigns to notify you automatically if a listing comes on the market that meets your criteria. Houses don’t always sit on the market for months on end (especially in our upcoming Spring market!). A buyer’s agent can tell you about new “coming soon” listings before they even come on the market!
#4. Your Time Is Valuable. A Buyer’s agent spends a lot of time previewing homes and staying familiar with the current listing inventories. This knowledge — as well as useful technologies such as virtual tours, interactive maps, internet websites, and use of the MLS system — will save you from wasting your time previewing homes that don’t meet your needs. Your agent will also perform a lot of the services that you otherwise might have to do yourself such as writing up offers, delivering earnest money, contracts, etc. to the title companies and lenders.
#5. Why Stress About It? Buyer’s agents help hundreds of people with buying homes for sale in Fredericksburg, VA and the surrounding areas, and their experience will help keep you from any unpleasant surprises throughout the entire buying process. When you use a buyer’s agent, you’ll actually be surprised at how much they do behind the scenes. You don’t have to worry about the deadlines and “what ifs” because they do it for you.
#6. Piles of Paperwork. From writing up the offer, to reviewing seller disclosures, to filling out escrow instructions, to reviewing the title work and closing documents. . . it’s nice to have a trained professional by your side to handle the paperwork and to help answer any questions you might have. A buyer’s agent will help you cross your t’s and dot your i’s and follow up with all the parties involved to make sure everyone meets their deadlines.
#7. Endless (Or Close To It) Knowledge. Not only are buyer’s agents very familiar with the history and demographics of the area, but they know a lot about real estate. They can educate you about market conditions, and answer any questions you have about the home buying process, including explaining fair housing laws and agency relationships.
#8. They Know The Best. Over the years, real estate agents develop good working relationships with several home inspectors, mortgage lenders, title companies, and other professional tax and legal advisors. Buyer’s agents know from experience which ones have delivered on time consistently and which ones have fallen short of the bar.
#9. They’ve Got Your Six. Your buyer’s agent has a legal and ethical responsibility to represent your best interest at all times. Some of the duties include: loyalty to you, disclosing known material facts, maintaining confidential information, and accounting for any money they handle in the transaction.
#10. Lasting Relationships. One of the best things about working with buyers is the friendships and relationships that are formed. Customer service satisfaction is key in any real estate transaction and it’s in your agents best interested to be phenomenal to work with! It’s a buyer’s agent’s hope that if you ever need help buying or selling real estate in the future, or if you know anyone that needs help buying or selling real estate, that you’ll think of them first.