Use Your Own Agent When Buying a Home

Buyer agentWhen you see a ‘for sale’ sign, are you tempted to call the agent? …Try to negotiate price and terms with the very person hired by the seller to represent the seller?

Come on… You’re smarter than that!!

for sale by ownerWhat about a ‘for sale by owner’? Do you really think you are going to save money buying directly from the owner? Most FSBO’s overprice their home thinking they should get a Realtor’s price without  providing a Realtor’s service.

Do you have sufficient market knowledge to know what the actual SOLD prices are for properties of similar size and condition to the property being sold?

 And finally, the most important question to ask yourself is,

 Do you, have sufficient knowledge of contracts, inspections, financing, and title issues to undertake the single most important purchase of your life without the help of someone specifically trained and licensed in such matters?

real estate contractsAs an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), my job is all about representing my buyer’s interests, consulting with him about market trends and prices, and negotiating the best possible price and terms.

Will you require certain items be repaired or replaced? . . .Or is the seller willing to reduce his price?

property repairsGoing beyond price, let’s talk about terms for a minute. There are contingencies a buyer’s agent will include in a contract to protect the buyer in the event there are issues with the property itself… clauses that benefit the buyer specifically. You can’t necessarily expect the listing agent to write contracts from the buyer’s advantage point, can you?

Home loan, FinanceAnother area in which the buyer needs to be protected is financing. If you can’t obtain a loan on your terms, will you be able to get your deposit back? Or do you have a contract that covers this contingency in detail…. And there are a myriad of other contingencies just as important.

So next time you see a home you are interested in, call me.

You deserve YOUR OWN REALTOR for the same reason the Home Seller has his own Realtor.

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About Joyce Albert

Why you need a Real Estate Consultant, not just another Agent… The difference between a real estate agent and a real estate consultant is the difference between someone who just wants to make a sale, and a professional who is willing to share with you their in-depth knowledge of the market in order to help you navigate one of the largest financial decisions of your lifetime. In my career as a real estate consultant, putting my clients first is the hallmark of my success. So if you are looking for a true professional to help you buy or sell a home in the Greater New Orleans Area, please contact me. I look forward to woing with you. Certified 203k Specialist I am a certified FHA-203k Specialist - a program designed to assist buyers wanting to purchase distressed properties (hurricane damaged, repos, short sales) that require repairs or major rehab. Accredidations -  Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)  e-Certified  Short-Sale & Foreclosure Certified (SFR) Other Memberhips. . .  Louisiana Association of Realtors  New Orleans Metropolitan Assn of Realtors (NOMAR)  Gulf South Real Estate Information Network  National Assn of Realtors (NAR) of Realtors (NAR)  Real Estate Board of Accredited Buyer Consultants (REBAC)
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