Selecting a Realtor in the Bay Area:
|For most families, choosing a new home is the biggest financial decision they will ever make. There are many complicated decisions involved in choosing your new home. To protect your interests and assure that you make the best possible decisions, it’s important that you have an buyers agent on your side who is an expert in the local real estate market.
As your agent, my focus is on getting you the best possible home at the best possible price. I will work hard not only in finding you potential new homes to see, but also in keeping you informed of everything that takes place.
It’s a little known fact among first-time home buyers (and even some repeat buyers) that the seller’s real estate agent, while no doubt professional and probably charming to buyers, has a legal responsibility to represent the seller’s best interest in all matters. No matter how likable an agent may seem to a buyer, it is important to keep that in mind. Much as a seller’s agent will work to get top selling price for the client, so too will a buyer’s broker strive to get the best deal for the buyer.
Having decided to buy a home, the first step in the process is to select the Realtor® in the bay area with whom you will be comfortable working with to get the job done.
A better question – Why Shouldn’t I Use a Buyers Agent?:
Did you know that there is no cost to the buyer for using a Real Estate Agent/Broker to help find and negotiate a home purchase? This often comes as a surprise to buyers. So the question really should be: â€œWhy shouldnâ€™t I use a Real Estate Agent to help me find a home?â€
In a real estate transaction both the buyerâ€™s agent and the sellerâ€™s agent are compensated from a pre-negotiated commission paid by the seller at closing. In other words, as the buyer, you may as well enjoy the benefit of having a professional bay area realtor on your team, as there is NO COST TO YOU!
FINDING YOUR HOME: When it comes to helping you find a home, no one has more up-to-date information at their fingertips than a dedicate bay area realtor like Liz McCarthy:
NEGOTIATING THE PURCHASE: Buying a home entails a lot of legal and financial â€œstuffâ€ and doing so without your own real estate agent representing you is simply not prudent:
THE ESCROW: Once your offer is accepted and you are â€œin contract,â€ we will continue to work together to ensure a smooth escrow period.
|What is the difference between a Real Estate Agent and a Realtor?|
|All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR “®” logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR® again.
Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTOR®.