Finding the best Buyer Agent for YOU – 7 Questions

How do you find the best buyer agent for you? We recently wrote about what to look for in a buyer agent. We highlighted the qualifications that ALL BUYERS need in a buyer agent – whether they know it or not! Now we’ll go a step further, and show you how to sort through the good buyer agents to find the one who is the best buyer agent FOR YOU.

The key is – of course – FIT. In addition to being a highly qualified buyer agent, you’ll want to know how an agent fits your personal needs; how will it be for YOU to work with the agent. Below are seven fit-related questions that need to be answered. Some will help you clarify your preferences…what special qualities should your ideal agent have. Other questions need to be answered by the agent.

OPEN HOUSE QUESTIONS – Condo Apartments

Open Houses are a great opportunity to gather information about properties that are for sale. In a recent post, we suggested questions to ask at open houses for single family homes. Here is a list of questions for you to ask at open houses for condos. They are specifically for apartment-type condos (i.e. those in a condo association building as opposed to townhouse condos).

MLS listing sheets have data fields to accommodate detailed information about each property. It’s a good idea to review the sheet carefully – either in MLS reports you get from your agent or from the agent at an open house. That way, you won’t waste your limited face-to-face with the open house agent asking for information that you already have in writing. The questions below aren’t covered in the standard MLS data fields.

OPEN HOUSES – DON’Ts and DO’s

Have you been looking to buy a property? Even if you just started a week ago, you probably know how important open houses are to a home search. And, even if you have a buyers’ agent, many times you will likely be on your own at open houses. There are etiquette guidelines for this that your mother probably didn’t teach you. And, if you follow them, you can avoid confusion about how to act at open houses. But, it’s not just a matter or being polite!

Following the guidelines can help you in your search: the seller’s agent may encourage the seller to come to terms with any offer you make because of the good impression you will undoubtedly make on the agent. If you know what to ask and how (see next two future posts), you will be in a better position to take full advantage of the open house to get information about the property and its status. That means that if you are seriously considering buying the property, it will help you position your offer more effectively. And, on the other hand, it may help you to eliminate the property faster than you could otherwise, thereby saving you time and wheel-spinning.

NEW CONSTRUCTION vs. TRADITIONAL HOUSING

In the Boston area there are significant numbers of both new and traditional housing. There is also a hybrid of the two – old houses that have been gut-rehabbed. Understanding the key differences is helpful to buyers, sellers, and owners alike. Buyers can use the understanding to evaluate the trade-offs between the different types of housing. Sellers gain insight into the competition. And owners can use the information to make informed decisions about when, if, and how to invest in upgrades and renovations to their home with an eye towards the ultimate resale value.

Residential Real Estate Taxes in Boston and Nearby Towns

Real estate taxes vary from town to town in the greater Boston Area. We’re going to take a look at Boston Proper and some of the immediately adjacent municipalities to compare the tax rates. But first, we’ll answer some questions about the terminology.

Boston 2018 – Real Estate Roundup

Here are snapshots of real estate activity in selected Greater Boston Area communities for 2018: Newton, Needham, Roslindale, and West Roxbury. You can see how some key indicators in 2018 compare to 2017 activity. Specifically, there are graphs that show the number of houses sold for each of the two years, the average sale price, and the average days on market, We’ll also take a quick peek – before we close – at anticipated activity in 2019.