are some other options to consider.
Agents One option.
can still work with an experienced agent and get the best deal. Just make sure
you don't let them know anything that you wouldn't want the seller to know directly.
It also pays to check with friends and family to find a professional full-time
Real Estate Agent in your community. Full-time agents are more likely to be able
to help you out and will know more about the community.
Alone It can be done.
Another option is to try to
go it alone, searching through the papers and looking for listing signs as you
drive through different neighborhoods. This is not recommended for first time
buyers, but if you are a hardy soul and want to take on the task, make sure you
do your homework on each property before signing anything. Be sure to go through
the remaining sections of this course, so you will know how to protect yourself
and make a good deal.
You Have Other Options Too
and an independent search are not all you have.
relying on agents or going it alone are not your only options. There are a host
of other professionals who can help guide you through the real estate maze.
Buyer Agents They work for you.
You can also use
Buyer Agents. These agents work exclusively for you as the buyer. You have to
pay them directly at a rate negotiated between you and your agent. You may choose
to pay them on an hourly basis to assist you if you are trying to go it alone.
You may also choose to pay them on a commission basis based on the purchase price.
The key is to make a better deal on the home that you are buying to cover the
cost of the assistance the agent provides.
are bound to keep anything you say to them confidential. Since they are not working
for the seller, they are less likely to try to gloss over any problems with a
particular home and do their best to make sure you find a home that is right for
Here are some other people
in the field you should know about:
These are agents who work out of a traditional real estate office but who works
as both a traditional agent and a buyer agent. They can take on buyers directly
as clients, but since they work in a traditional real estate office, they can
also represent the seller. This can get a little tricky. You need to remember
in this situation to keep your comments spare and look for the best deal. A dual
agent cannot negotiate on the buyer's behalf and cannot recommend specific terms,
including a purchase price. If you want a true buyer broker without dual agency,
be sure to look for an Exclusive Buyer Broker.
They do the same type of work as a dual agent,
in that they can represent the buyer or seller. The main difference is that they
never represent both in a transaction. If you hire a split agent as your buyer
broker, they are bound to the same rules as an exclusive buyer broker. Everything
you say is held in confidence and they work solely and completely in your best
Let's Take a Closer Look at the Buyer Broker
The exclusive buyer broker, that is.
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