Buyer Agent – 5 Things to Look For

How should you screen Buyer Agent leads to make sure you get a good Buyer Agent? Here are five things you should look for before you even start to consider whether the agent is a good fit for you.

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.

Getting to “SOLD” in Real Estate.

Owners who try to sell their home without an agent are frequently successful in getting a signed contract from a buyer for an acceptable price. Unfortunately – all too often – they learn the hard way about the number of problems that can come up and interfere with getting to “SOLD”. A contract that doesn’t close typically has a negative impact on the purchase price of the next offer…future buyers tend to be very suspicious of why the first offer didn’t get to “SOLD”. Here are some of the many ways that a good agent can help you navigate through the sea of problems and get you to “SOLD”.

SELLING BY OWNER vs. SELLING WITH A REAL ESTATE LISTING AGENT

Why do more than 90% of homeowners in the Greater Boston Area use a Seller’s Agent or Listing Agent to sell their homes? In a hot market like Greater Boston, don’t properties practically sell themselves? Can’t I just sell my home on my own without an agent…and save a hefty commission? These questions are very compelling if you are planning to sell your home and can afford to devote time to a do-it-yourself sale.

BUYER AGENCY AGREEMENTS (Massachusetts) – To Sign or Not To Sign?

Why is there so much paperwork involved in buying a property? Sometimes, it seems that buyers look at more documents than homes. There are things you need to sign before you even see a single property. And that’s just the beginning of a steady stream of documents that need your signature before the closing is over. It’s no coincidence that people fondly refer to the closing as “passing papers”. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. At the very beginning of the process you have to decide how to work with the Great Buyer Agent you’ve found and whether to formalize that decision in writing…in a Buyer Agency Agreement.

BUYER AGENT – How to Find a Great One

There are many ways to find buyer agent leads: troll open houses, ask your network for referrals, search on-line real estate software (Zillow, Yelp, Trulia, Google, etc. LINKS)…the possibilities are almost endless. But there is only one way to find a GREAT buyer agent – by carefully interviewing and researching the agent leads you gather. Good buyer agents should be willing to meet with you to discuss their services and your needs before you look at property together. Here are FOUR things to ensure that you will not only select a GREAT buyers agent, but also the BEST buyer agent for your personal needs!