Finding a Buyer’s Agent
Why should I use a buyer’s agent?
There are numerous advantages to working with a buyer’s agent. A buyer’s agent represents YOU, the buyer. A knowledgeable agent will make the home buying process much easier by guiding and advising you every step of the way.
An agent’s responsibility is to listen to your needs and wants, educate you on the current market and work thoroughly to match you with the best available listings.
Once you find a house that meets your needs and you decide to make an offer, your agent should negotiate meticulously on your behalf to get you the best deal.
Finally, and most importantly, a good agent will ensure that all the moving elements of this transaction (financing, inspections, approvals etc.) come together at closing time.
Some of the benefits to working with Omaha Homes Group include:
- Access to homes that may not currently be on the market
- Knowledge and experience navigating the home buying process
- Awareness of local trends and upcoming developments that might affect a homes future resale value
- An ability to negotiate more effectively to get you the best price
- Working relationships with loan officers, banks, lawyers, contractors & closing companies to facilitate timely closings
- Strong knowledge of the local market and relevant numbers (average time a house is on the market, average appreciation for the area, average sale prices etc.)
What to look for in a buyer’s agent?
Buying a home is often an emotional experience. You want to find someone that you trust and who listens to you, knows exactly what you want and will work behind the scenes in your best interest.
There are several things you might take into consideration when looking for the right agent including personality, proactivity, integrity, commitment, availability and knowledge. They should be able to match your price range, needs and wants with the right expectations and areas.
You can always ask questions and get to know an agent better before selecting them. Some relevant questions include:
- How many clients do you have right now? Do you set a limit on how many you work with at any given time?
- What happens if you find that you have a full client roster? How will you guarantee that I won’t be put aside?
- What are your specialty areas? (residential, commercial, rural, first time home buyers, etc.)
- How often can I expect to hear from you, and what is your availability?
- Do you have a licensed assistant? If not, who covers you in the event that you’re unavailable?