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Choosing a Buyers Agent

Buying a home is much easier when you have the right assistance. Boston City Properties can help you kick-start your search, but you will eventually need to hire an agent to help you. We can connect you with one, but you should still familiarize yourself with what to look for in a buyer's agent.

Before delving into these tips, please note that when buying a home, it is best to work with a buyer's agent as opposed to a generic real estate agent. Buyer's agents don't take listings, so they have no "skin in the game." Because they aren't under pressure to sell homes, they can focus exclusively on helping you find the right one.

So, how do you find the right buyer's agents? These tips will help:

  1. Ask if They Take Listings - If they do, they aren't a buyer's agent in the truest sense of the word. Although they may promise not to do so, they could easily try to push you into buying a house that's not quite right for you in order to move one of their listings.
  2. Contact Recent Clients - Ask for a list of clients that the agent has successfully assisted in the last few months. Before contacting any of the former clients, ask the agent if any were particularly challenging or particularly easy. This will give you a feel about the agent's process and how they address potential issues.
  3. Insist on Experience - Yes, everyone has to start somewhere. Since buying a home is such a huge financial and legal step, however, it isn't the time to be a new agent's guinea pig. Stick with buyer's agents who have at least five years of experience in the industry. Make sure that they have been working full time too. Some people only moonlight as real estate agents while holding down other types of jobs. Ideally, you should hire someone who works full time as an agent.
  4. Ask About Awards and Endorsements - Find out if the agent has received any awards, endorsements or accolades. In particular, see if they have ever received an award from an important industry organization like the National Association of Realtors, or NAR, which endorses Realtor of the Year awards in communities around the country.
  5. Check Credentials - The last thing that you need is to hire an agent who lacks the appropriate credentials. Check for real estate licenses with the applicable state board. While doing so, you will also learn whether the agent has ever been disciplined or whether any complaints have been filed against them. Also, real estate agents can voluntarily better themselves by acquiring certain endorsements. The right buyer's agent will be an Accredited Buyer's Representative, or ABR. Another one to look for is CRS, or Certified Residential Specialist.
  6. Ask About Connections - During the course of your home-buying adventure, you'll need to enlist the help of many different professionals. A great buyer's agent will have connections with real estate attorneys, home inspectors and others who can help you along the way. This will save you from having to research different service providers yourself, and you can rest easy in the knowledge that your agent stands behind them.
  7. Negotiation Skills are a Must - While speaking to the agent's former clients, ask about the agent's negotiation skills. You need someone who is an aggressive negotiator to ensure that you get the best possible deal and terms. All too often, buyer's agents are just in it for easy sales. When negotiating time rolls around, they roll over--and their clients get the short end of the stick.
  8. Learn About Their Process - How will your buyer's agent help you find a great home? What resources do they use? Ideally, your agent should have a specific process in place. However, they should also be flexible enough to adjust the process as needed to suit each client. One of the first questions that you should ask a potential buyer's agent is how they are going to make sure that you get the right house. If they hem and haw, they probably aren't worth your time. If they are ready to go with a smart answer, you most likely have a winner on your hands.
  9. Ask About Their Networking - In real estate, as with so many things, it's often about who you know. Well-connected buyer's agents tend to fare much better than those who are more of lone wolves. That's because when an agent has connections with many other local agents, they know where to turn to help clients find suitable properties. Ask your prospective agent who they know and how they will use those connections to assist you.
  10. Integrity is Key - Beware of buyer's agents who seem to like cutting corners or otherwise rushing through the process. If you get the sense that a prospective agent will do anything and everything to get you a home, proceed with caution. Integrity and honest are crucial traits to look for in an agent, so make sure that yours possesses both in spades.
  11. Communication is Crucial - Finally, only hire a buyer's agent who will be available and accessible to you when you need them. Obviously, there is no way to guarantee this. While interviewing past clients, ask whether they were usually able to get in touch with their agent when they needed them. If it sounds like the agent isn't around enough, cross them off the list.

When it comes to hiring a buyer's agent, one of the best pieces of advice is to get referrals from people who you trust. Boston City Properties has connections with experienced buyer's agents in all Boston neighborhoods as well as across the state. When you're ready, call us to be put in touch with a buyer's agent who can make your home-buying journey as easy as can be.

Tips for Choosing a Buyer’s Agent

For most people, buying a home is one of the largest financial decisions that they will ever make. A lot more than just money is on the line, however; after all, when looking for a place to call home, you want to get it right. With so many variables at play, it’s crucial to line up the right assistance—and hiring a buyer’s agent is an absolute must. When combined with access to Boston City Properties’ extensive online resources, it’s the most effective way to find the right home for the right price.

If you’re like many home buyers, you may think that one real estate agent is interchangeable with another. However, most real estate agents work for sellers—not buyers—but they will gladly take you on as a client. The problem, of course, is that they are really working in the seller’s best interests and not yours. Therefore, take care to hire an agent who specifically represents buyers. Read on to pick up additional tips for choosing the buyer’s agent who’s right for you.

Whether you have a home that you need to sell before buying another, working with a buyer’s agent as opposed to a regular listing or sales agent will make a huge difference for you. Buyer’s agents protect buyers’ best interests, and that means more than helping them to get a fair price. It also means knowing what they want and having the experience, skills and tools that are needed to find it as quickly and effectively as possible.

Without further ado, here are tips to keep in mind when looking for a buyer’s agent to represent you when buying a home:

Get a Referral to a Buyer’s Agent from Boston City Properties

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