Choosing A Buyer's Representative

When it’s time to buy a home, it’s also time to select a buyer’s agent to represent your interests in the all-important transaction. But how do you choose one? Here are some of the most significant questions to consider when interviewing your Buyer’s Representative.

Experience & Credentials:

How long have you been a Real Estate Agent? What real estate designations or credentials do you hold?

References:

Can you share the name and contact details for three past buyer-clients who can provide references?

Representation:

Please explain what representation choices I have as a buyer. What is meant by fiduciary duties? Do you practice dual representation?

Services Provided:

Please explain how you will assist me at each stage of the transaction. Do you have a written buyer representation agreement that details our obligations to each other?

Compensation:

If I hire you as my agent, will I be subject to any additional costs in my transaction?

Finding Properties:

Do you have full access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)? Will you try to find suitable properties beyond the MLS?

Personal Support:

Will you handle all aspects of my transaction or will I be working with assistants? Who will be explaining the various forms, agreements, and steps required to reach closing?

Negotiating:

Will you counsel me on a negotiating strategy and appropriate contingencies? How will you package my offer to the seller?

Financing:

Will you provide guidance on affordability, mortgage options and how to choose a lender? Why should I consider becoming pre-qualified for a mortgage?

Related Service Providers:

Can you provide referrals to providers of other service related to my transaction, including home inspectors, surveyors, movers, etc.?

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Wendi is a Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE), a designation held by less than 1% of licensed Realtors in the country. She is a consecutive Platinum Top 50 Realtor winner and a 6-year recipient of the Texas Monthly, Five Star Real Estate Customer Service Award.
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