Most Buyers begin their property search online. In fact, 80% of Buyers find the home they want to buy themselves. Yet, experienced Buyers know that even if they don’t need an agent to find a house, the guidance of a great agent is extremely valuable throughout the purchase process. A great Buyer’s Agent will ensure that a) you don’t overpay for a property, b) you don’t underestimate the cost of repairs and expenses on that property, and c) you don’t assume unnecessary liability in your purchase.
Whether you are looking for a unique property, or planning to buy a home in a competitive market, make sure that you hire an experienced agent, that works full time, and has a good reputation in the industry. Here’s why:
- Some of the best houses are Sold without ever being advertised on the MLS. An elite agent is networking with their peers daily to find out what houses are coming available BEFORE they go online. Buyers that are searching for properties on their own are missing the supreme houses that are being traded before they get to the MLS database.
- The great houses often receive offers from multiple Buyers. Typically, it’s the Buyer with the BEST BUYER’s AGENT that gets the house. An offer contains many details other than the offering price. A great agent knows how to construct an offer that is not only at the right price, but also contains other elements that will be compelling to a Seller. Also keep in mind that reputable agents like to work with other reputable agents. Hiring an agent with a good reputation in the industry will give you a noticeable edge over other Buyers that are being represented by amateur agents.
- Experienced agents have solutions to the challenges that arise during a transaction and after Closing. The financing process is complex and so is the inspection process on the house. Good Buyer’s Agents will have a rolodex resources to handle every situation. They will know the best lenders, real estate attorneys, title companies, inspectors, engineers, foundation experts, electricians, HVAC companies, roofers, etc. When you hire an experienced agent, you are getting access to the resources that they have culminated through years and years in the industry. This proves to be invaluable to a Buyer.
Besides having the ability to navigate the entire home buying process from “Offer” to “Closing”, having an agent that specializes in Modern Architecture is critically important if you want to find a Modern Home. Less than 1% of all agents specialize in an architectural style. Most agents specialize in a neighborhood or a geographic location. If you are passionate about MODERN architecture, work with an agent that specializes in MODERN architecture. They will know where to find the best houses and how to help you acquire them.
Whether you are a Buyer or a Seller, make sure that your agent is a licensed REALTOR®. REALTORS® hold special designations that indicate their level of training and certification within their field. REALTORS® adhere to a higher standard of practice than those that are not members of the National Association of REALTORS®