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7 Reasons Why You Need a Good Buyers Agent
Let me get right to the point: why would you pass up a service that is almost always free – the Sellers pay the Buyers Agent commission in almost all transactions, even though the Buyers Agent represented only the Buyer!
Here is what that service will get you:
§ Listings found for you, sent to you, of the types of houses you like, in the areas you want to live in pared down to only the homes you need to see.
§ Custom tours, planned and chauffeured by the Buyers Agent. If you want, you can drive yourself and follow your agent so that you can talk over the houses privately between showings.
§ Someone to explain the whole process to you, from making the offer to getting the deal closed.
§ Someone to help you understand what you must do to protect yourself in a real estate transaction so you don’t end up with a house that you paid too much for.
§ Someone to buffer you from pushy Sellers, pushy Listing Agents and anyone else who is not obligated to look out for your best interests.
§ A highly qualified negotiator to get you the best terms for the house you want.
§ And, and this is a big one . . . someone who can pull together all of the information about what other houses are selling for like the one you want to buy so you don’t pay too much, or get into a contract that can’t close because the house isn’t worth what the Sellers want for it.
You might think you can get that info on-line but you can’t: the sales data for Texas is confidential – it’s in the MLS but for individual homes, it can’t be published. Comparing houses on-line is like comparing apples and orangutans – you just can’t tell what you’re getting in to without hard numbers.