A buyer’s agent is a new concept for a real estate agent who strictly represents YOU, the BUYER. This legal distinction is important to understand because agents for SELLERS conduct the majority of today's real estate transactions. A seller's agent is contractually bound to obtain the price and terms most favorable to the selling party. That naturally puts the buyer at a significant disadvantage. As a buyer’s agent, it is my sole objective to ensure that the best interests of YOU, the buyer, are protected.
WHAT DOES A BUYER AGENT DO?
Your buyer agent stands ready to assist you in every possible way, from start to finish. The moment you contact me, I begin to work on a customized itinerary focused on touring through the communities, models or homes that meet the requirements you determine. I work very closely with you to develop a more in-depth understanding of your needs - from how much can you afford to finding the best home for your dollar. You can count on my local knowledge of new homes, builder reputations, newer home communities, local areas, and resale values. If you decide to build, I am with you every step of the way - from site selection, financing, construction meetings, through closing. I know how to do all the legwork to make the process go as smoothly as possible, so you can concentrate on the fun part......your new home!
YOU CAN COUNT ON ME TO BE YOUR:
Explain fully the home buying process
Advise on re-sale value and potential
Offer creative financing alternatives
Help you determine affordability range
Provide you with neighborhood and location value data
Understanding your needs
Counsel on strategy for finding and buying a home
Suggesting tactics to get the most value for your dollar
Protecting your interests
Negotiating favorable terms
Monitoring all contingencies
Communicating with all parties
Helping you estimate closing costs and total cash needed
Providing access to other services
FREE TO BUYERS...
HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?
NEW HOMES: Almost all builders in Jacksonville welcome buyer's agents who help sell their homes faster and therefore are happy to pay for the services. The price IS THE SAME whether you build a home using your own representation or do it on your own. And if you don't have representation, the builder just keeps that money in THEIR pocket - and you get no added value.
RESALE HOMES: When a seller determines that they are going to put their home on the market, they have a few choices. Sell it For Sale By Owner or List with a Realtor.
If they choose to sell For Sale By Owner, many sellers will gladly pay a Realtor fee to bring them a buyer and handle the transaction - so the BUYER gets their services PAID FOR BY THE SELLER.
If they choose to list with a Realtor, then all fees are PAID BY THE SELLER in the form of previously negotiated co-broker and listing agreements.
BUYERS, you can count on:
Knowledge of market, community and neighborhoods
Listening to YOUR needs and understanding
Available when you need me
Finding homes with good value
Finding a home that meets your requirements with minimal compromise
Valuation assistance to make sure you are not paying too much
Full service assistance with inspections, mortgages, insurance, etc...
Always thinking ahead to prevent potential problems
Accountablity through surveys you fill out anonymously
On YOUR side throughout the process, making sure everything is done correctly, from contract to closing
Keeping up with the details so you don't have to
Following through with what I say I am going to do
Staying in touch beyond closing - available even AFTER the sale