The Usual Boring but Correct Reason Why You Should Use a Buyer’s Agent
It’s important that you choose an experienced agent who is there for you. Your agent should be actively finding you potential homes, keeping you informed of the entire process, negotiating furiously on your behalf, and answering all of your questions with competence and speed.
First, find an agent who represents you and not the seller. This is beneficial during the negotiation process. If you are working with a buyer’s agent, he or she is required not to tell the seller of your top choice. In addition, he or she is also focused on getting you the lowest asking price.
Also, when you use a buyer’s agent, you will see more properties. Not only are they plugged into their Multiple Listing Service, but also they are actively finding homes that are listed as FSBO, or homes that sellers are thinking about listing.
Tom’s Cool Way of Explaining Why You Should Use a Buyer’s Agent
A buyers agent is an agent that can search all the listings immediately as they come on the market with a list of your needs and wants.
It is best to use one person to do this rather then calling the individual listing agents on each house.
The easiest way to explain this is the restaurant example. When you go to a nice sit down restaurant you are assigned a waitperson. This individual takes your drink, appetizer and main meal order. In the very end they take your dessert order.
Like the waitperson, when you start working with a real estate agent they will ask a bunch of questions, show you some houses and get a feel for exactly what you want. If you start just calling every agent on every listing that would be like giving your whole order to one waitperson and then moving to a different table. The new waitperson would be very helpful but would have to go through the whole ordering process again.
Of course if you are not happy with your agent then you should definitely change. Be sure to communicate this to both your old agent and your new agent.
So the important point is pick an agent you are comfortable with and let them do the work for you!