You may think that calling the listing agent on every home you are interested in is going to be better time spent by you. You may think that they are going to give you the most accurate information on the property (and they very well might). You may think they are going to keep your best interest in mind.
But, when you're ready to buy a home, you want to know that all of the "i's" are dotted and "t's" are crossed at the end of the day. To make sure everything goes smoothly, you should hire a service and remember, these agents know all of the ins and outs of the industry. But a Buyer's Agent does so much more than just find you a new home. Your Buyer's Agent looks out for your wants and needs to help you purchase your DREAM home in the perfect community for you. You can expect your Realtor to negotiate on your behalf to get you the best price, they will recommend other professionals for home inspections and appraisals, and they help you to overcome setbacks. When you have questions or concerns, your Buyer's Agent will always be happy to guide you through the process and help you understand it along the way. You should never feel alone when making the biggest purchase of your life. Throughout the entire home buying process, your Buyer's Agent will be your adviser and advocate. They will make sure you understand the home's selling points, what may need updating, proximity to schools, and comparable priced homes in the area. Your Buyer's Agent is not only finding your perfect home, they're helping you find your dream neighborhood. And at the end of the day, your Buyer's Agent is going to be the one sitting next to you as you close on your new home and celebrating with you as they pass you the keys.
So, what are the other reasons it is better to hire your own agent rather than continually calling whoever has it listed? I’ve listed out a few below.
By choosing a buyer’s agent, they are spending their time looking specifically for homes that you will love. They are keeping your best interests in mind and looking for a home that meets your needs, wants, and working to find that special “it” factor. You most likely do not have endless amounts of time to pour into looking through every home on the internet for the one you want. A buyer’s agent spends their days touring homes, scanning the Multi List Service, and looking through For Sale By Owner homes all to benefit you and your home search. They make it their mission to find you the perfect home with as little stress to you as possible.
When you don’t have an agent that is strictly representing you, you will have to fight through the real estate jargon on your own. A Realtor goes through many classes and courses of training to make sure you are getting the best service from a knowledgeable agent. We work with loan officers and title companies every day and we know how to sort through the jargon to get you the best information. If you choose to work without a buyer’s agent on your side, you are dealing directly with the title companies, loan officers, and the other real estate agent in the transaction to make sure all deadlines are met and moving in the right direction. A Realtor closes 1-2 transactions every week, whereas you as a homeowner may only own 1-2 homes in your life.
You probably think you are saving money by staying away from hiring your own agent to represent you. A buyer’s agent will actually do everything they can to help save you money, and you will not have to pay their commission here in the Jefferson City area. They help to make sure you are getting the home at the best price and finding other professionals that can do inspections and repairs for less money and a higher quality than what you may find looking on your own.
Really, at the end of the day, a buyer’s agent is there to keep you safe and help you step by step in buying your dream home. They want to celebrate with you when you are sitting at the closing table getting the keys to your new home, and we are pretty sure that after making possibly the biggest purchase of your life, you will want them there too.