Real Estate Agents Are Not Just Door Openers - What A Buyer's Agent Really Does

By
Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Real Estate Agents Are Not Just Door Openers- What A Buyer's Agent Really Does

 

real estate agents wear many hats 

There are a lot of home buyers out there that think real estate agents merely drive people around, unlock doors and let people inside homes.  Some even view us as glorified taxi drivers.  However, the truth is that during the course of a transaction, we end up "wearing many hats" as the process is quite complicated.  With that in mind, we are writing today to educate home buyers of the many benefits of using a buyer's agent.

Here is just a small list of things a buyer's agent does for their clients:

1.   Educate a buyer regarding the home buying process, including explaining fair housing laws and agency relationships.

2.   Preview homes in advance and also find "off market" opportunities including"pocket listings" - saving valuable time.

3.   Discuss advantages and disadvantages of different types of housing and specific features of homes that may affect resale.

4.   Assist with financing.

5.   Provide information on schools, neighborhoods and places of interest.

6.   Help with market stats.

7.   Negotiate offers on buyer's behalf to get them the best price and terms.

8.   Explain the home inspection process, provide names of inspectors, and help buyers navigate through the often difficult stages of this step in the home buying process.

9.   Ensure contract conditions and deadlines are met.

10.  REPRESENT YOUR BEST INTERESTS AT ALL TIMES - BECAUSE THE LISTING AGENT WILL NOT AND CANNOT REPRESENT YOU!

Obviously, though not on the list, we will certainly schedule and show you homes.  Before we show you homes though, we always recommend that you meet with us so we can get to know what you are looking for in a home, neighborhood, etc.  The more we know about you and your needs, the easier it will be for us to find you that perfect home.

If you are a home buyer that is just calling listing agents of homes you like on line, do yourself a favor and commit to one agent to represent you.  Otherwise, you are missing out.

Remember, it does not cost you money to hire a buyer's agent as the seller pays all commission.  Also, if you decide to work directly with the listing agent, you will not get representation as that agent will either represent the seller, or if they practice dual agency, neither. 

Hopefully, you now have a good understanding of the many things we offer our buyers and you will view us as more than your personal "cab".

Here are other articles of interest pertaining to home buying:

Buying A Home In Cleveland - The Complete Guide 

Buying A Home - How To Choose A Neighborhood 

Agency in Ohio - Why Using A Buyer's Agent Is Important 

****************************************************************************************

About The Authors:

This information is provided compliments of Amy and Dan Schuman, The Schuman Team Keller Williams Realty. The Schumans are residents of Solon OH and have worked with numerous professional athletes, business owners, and executives who are relocating to Cleveland.

If you are looking to buy or sell Cleveland OH real estate, including the surrounding suburbs, please contact the Schuman Team at 216-346-3235. 

SEE ALL CLEVELAND OH AREA HOMES FOR SALE BY CLICKING BELOW:

view all Cleveland luxury homes

 CHECK OUT THE SCHUMAN TEAM'S AWARD-WINNING WEBSITE

 

Real Estate Agents Are Not Just Door Openers - What A Buyer's Agent Really Does is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©July2010    

Disclaimer: The Schuman Team practices real estate in Ohio. Since many states have different laws and protocol regarding a real estate transaction, we recommend consulting a qualified local legal professional prior to entering into any written agreement. This blog contains observations and opinions related to our first hand experience working with buyers and sellers in Ohio, but should not be construed as legal advice.  Accuracy is not guaranteed.  

close

Re-Bloggged 11 times:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
  1. Dawn Maloney 07/16/2010 07:53 PM
  2. Cyndi Mino 07/16/2010 08:16 PM
  3. Monique Hailer 07/16/2010 09:23 PM
  4. Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind 07/17/2010 07:34 AM
  5. Kathryn Maguire 07/17/2010 07:43 AM
  6. Bill Travis 07/17/2010 09:25 AM
  7. Bob Engert 07/17/2010 01:39 PM
  8. Lisa Orme 07/17/2010 03:22 PM
  9. Gabe Sanders 07/22/2010 07:42 AM
  10. San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale 10/02/2010 08:43 AM
  11. Gloria Todor and Doug Durren - Delaware County PA Real Estate 10/08/2010 03:12 PM
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the tree to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Topic:
Home Buying
Groups:
Advice for Buyers
Cleveland Ohio Real Estate
Cuyahoga County Ohio Real Estate
Ohio Active Rainers
Tags:
buyers agent
buying a home in cleveland

Comments 42 New Comment

Rainmaker
1,686,216
Gabe Sanders
Stuart Florida Real Estate
Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales

Super post Dan and Amy, I think this is definitely worth a re-blog.  Thanks.

July 22, 2010 07:40 AM
Rainmaker
295,831
Dan and Amy Schuman
Luxury Home Specialists
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Thanks for the kind words, Gabe and we appreciate the re-blog to get the word out to buyers.

July 22, 2010 01:23 PM
Rainmaker
238,520
Patti Ann Kasper
Blaine & North Metro Minneapolis St Paul Real Esta
EXIT REALTY NEXUS

Great post!  When I first got into the business, my broker explained to me the importance of making sure that my clients KNOW what I am doing for them by sending them a weekly update with a little check list of things that I did for them that week.  He also likes to say that if you are showing homes to buyers who have not made a committment (not under contract) then you are just a taxi driver with an expensive Dept of Commerce licence.  I like how you used the same concept.

October 01, 2010 09:35 AM
Rainmaker
295,831
Dan and Amy Schuman
Luxury Home Specialists
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Patti - Thanks for reading and commenting. I think it's great that you are so proactive with your clients, and yes, getting a commitment is critical.

October 01, 2010 10:31 AM
Rainmaker
230,987
Jim McCormack
Nashville Short Sale Specialist - Stop Foreclosure
Reliant Realty - Nashville Short Sale & Foreclosure Help
Great post.
April 06, 2011 09:09 AM
Rainmaker
295,831

Dan and Amy Schuman

Luxury Home Specialists
Ask Us A Question
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the clock to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information

Welcome to our Active Rain blog, a platform we use to communicate to buyers, sellers, and other real estate professionals. We cover topics relating to real estate but discuss other subjects as well, including our local area, Cleveland, Ohio. We want everyone reading to come away feeling that the time spent here was worthwhile. Thank you for visiting our blog. Clicky Web Analytics

Clicky

< Real Estate Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory

Protected by Copyscape DMCA Violation Check