Basics of what to expect from your agent when buying your first home. The agent will:
- Search the entire MLS (Multiple Listing Service) for homes matches that fit your needs.
- Provide you a list and recommendations of houses which meet your criteria.
- Show you the homes you are interested in seeing.
- Negotiate on your behalf with the seller’s agent and seller of the home for the best price and options for you.
- Prepare your offer for your purchase of the home.
- Prepare all of the contracts associated with the home purchase.
- Work with the title company, the lender, and the seller (or seller’s agent) to arrange all necessary inspections- though you will get to choose the home inspector yourself.
- Serve as your advisor, representing your best interests during the closing process.
- Work with you through the entire home buying process, from start to finish and answer any questions you may have about any part of the real estate process.
- Provide you with legal advice.
- Provide you with financial advisory advice.
- Pressure you on any decision or choice in your purchase. Decisions in real estate are yours as the buyer.
It is in any buyer’s best interest to work with a “Buyer’s Agent” to ensure they have someone looking out for their best interests during the entire buying process. Your buyer’s agent is also there to assure that you are not overpaying for a property. She will research what other houses of comparable size and characteristics have sold for in the past few months and make certain you are paying a fair price for your new home.
This is one of the biggest investments of your life, so choose a Realtor® with knowledge and experience and that fits your personality and is easy to work with.