Benefits of Working with a Buyer’s Agent

The majority of homebuyers work with a real estate agent in the home search process. There are many benefits to working with buyer’s agents.  Working with a buyer’s agent saves buyers both time and money.  Hiring a buyer’s agent involves no additional cost to the buyer, as the seller pays the buyer agent fee.  Buyer’s agents represent your interests along every step of the transaction, protecting your interests in particular during the critical negotiating and closing process.  They will negotiate with the seller on the price, as well as oversee the home inspection, deal with any contingencies and help you in completing the closing paperwork.  Furthermore, buyer’s agents can be relied on to help you with any questions or issues that may come up during the home buying process. 

Benefits of working with buyer’s agents: 

1.) No additional cost to buyer: Hiring a buyer’s agent does not cost the buyer anything.  It is the seller who pays the commission for the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent.  The commission is usually about 6 percent of the property’s sale price, which is then split equally between the two agents.

2.) Helping you find the right home: The buyer’s agent will set up appointments to visit homes that suit your needs and what you can afford.  They will help you weigh the pros and cons of different properties and neighborhoods.  It is best to work with a buyer’s agent who is familiar with the area, as they typically have knowledge of commercial trends, as well as the local school system and development plans.

3.) Negotiating the offer: The buyer’s agent will work with clients on determining what price to offer and present to the seller’s agent.  The buyer’s agent will bargain on your behalf with the seller on the selling price as well as write contracts.  Working with a buyer’s agent experienced in negotiating deals will save you a lot of money.  An experienced buyer’s agent can also help you evaluate different properties and their worth, making sure you avoid a property with problems that would cause you trouble and money.

4.) Offering recommendations for other professionals: A buyer’s agent can offer recommendations for reliable mortgage brokers, home inspectors, real estate attorneys and movers.  Having the right professionals assisting you during each step of the process is essential to helping you get to a successful sale as efficiently as possible.

5.) Helping you deal with potential issues: Buyer’s agents facilitate the home inspection process.  If the home inspector’s report or appraisal reveals any pitfalls with a property, the buyer’s agent will offer you advice in terms of how you should move forward.  A buyer’s agent is also able to assist you when negotiations become heated for any reason.  Finally, an experienced buyer’s agent will guide you through the closing paperwork, helping you avoid any last minute problems that may get in the way of a successful sale.

By working with an experienced buyer’s agent, you gain a professional who protects your interests during each step of the home buying process and serves as a buffer between you and the seller or their agent to help you overcome any setbacks on your way to home ownership.