Buyer's agents are realtors who assist buyers in finding a house. Realtors know the ins and outs of purchasing a home and can fill you in on everything you need to know to make a sound decision. There is often a debate about whether or not to use a realtor in the house buying process.
The following are a few tips on how to decide whether or not to use them while buying your home.
1. Do you have the time and patience for this? There is a lot involved in the house buying process, and it could help if you had a knowledgeable professional with you. If you decide to take on the task of finding and negotiating the price on a new home all by yourself, be ready for a very involved process. If you are already juggling a family and a workload then you may want to seriously consider trusting a professional to handle the more tedious tasks involved with purchasing a home.
2. How much do you really know about buying houses? Unless you have previous experience with home inspections or real estate dealings then you may be a little lost as to how to go about selecting a home. This is not to say that you absolutely can not handle this sort of thing all by yourself; there are many people who dive in head first and wind up doing an excellent job of picking out a nice home, negotiating the cost, and finding a good mortgage loan product. You may want to invest some time, however, in learning about the ins and outs of buying a home before jumping in because if you make a bad decision and you're the only one making the decisions then you really have no one to blame but yourself.
3. Can you save money by doing it yourself? Many people think that by not using a buyer's agent they can talk the sellers down in price even more since there will be no commission to pay other than the seller's realtor. In all all situations, the buyer does not pay a commission, so the services of an agent working for you are paid for by the seller. Additionally, buyer's agents bring along with them certain credibility, and since they are well versed in the fine art of negotiation in many cases they will wind up saving you money in the long run.
4. Some memberships have privileges. If you are a member of a credit union or of some sort of professional organization you may want to check to see if there is a mover's incentive program available to you. Programs like this assign you a buyer's agent from their list of qualified professionals and then give you a bonus check when you close on the home. Not only do you get free money out of the program but you also get a sort of additional resource in your search for a home.
With these few points to consider, you should now be in a better position to decide whether or not you should use a realtor in the house-buying process.
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Source by Carol Leah