The Role of a Buyer’s Agent
When you decide to buy a home, you may be wondering what your agent does for you as a buyer. During the home buying process, here is what you can expect from your agent.
- Find the Right House: Your agent will help you identify the right place to start your home search. After talking with you about your budget, needs and desires like neighborhood preferences, they’ll narrow down the list of possible houses and pinpoint properties that fit the bill. For first time home buyers, the house search can be intimidating- finding the right agent to help consolidate your list is key.
- Schedule Showings: Your agent will set up any viewings of property, advocating for you to get in as soon as possible in a tight market. During the showing, they may ask questions to help you learn important facts about the property. And after, they’ll follow up with the showing agent to let them know your feedback.
- Negotiate: One of the most important roles of an experienced agent is their ability to negotiate on your behalf to strike the best deal. They’ll have deep knowledge of the area, what’s been selling, comparable properties and any unique details of the transaction that may be to your advantage.
- Select Vendors: Once you submit an offer and the seller accepts it, you’ll need to line up some professionals to move your transaction forward like a lender or home inspector. Your agent has a network they can recommend from so you have vendors you feel comfortable with.
- Take Part in Inspections: You’ll want your agent to be by your side during a home inspection so they can hear firsthand any issues that come up. That way, they’ll understand how serious the problems are so they can develop the best strategy for negotiating any repairs or credits.
- Liaison: A buyer’s agent is on top of all the paperwork and will be essential throughout your transaction to keep everyone informed so that there are no surprises when you get to the closing table.
- Attend the Closing: This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! An experienced buyer’s agent has been at the closing table many times and will walk you through this last step, answering any questions and providing support during the meeting.
The role of a buyer’s agent is an important one. That’s why it’s important to find one you trust. Ready to get started?