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How to Hire a Buyer’s Agent
This purpose of this article is to help you find a buyers agent that you like and trust.
What is a buyer’s agent?
A buyer’s agent is a real estate agent who acts exclusively for buyers. Sometimes referred to as buyer’s advocates, their only goal is to help you buy a property you love.
Buyer’s advocates differ from typical real estate agents whose main purpose is to serve home sellers.
In the last few years the profile and demand for buyer’s agents has surged. Still, almost all Aussie home buyers rely solely on the information provided by the selling agents. This is changing as ‘time poor’ house hunters see value in the services offered by buyers agents. The purpose of this article is to help you find a buyer’s agent who’ll put your interests first.
Tips for hiring a buyer’s agent
Are you thinking about hiring a buyer’s agent to help you with your property purchase? If so, we’ve collected some thoughts that we hope helps you find a buyers agent who’ll look out for you.
Here are some tips to help you find a buyers agent…
Check ‘em out
The first tip to consider when searching for any agent is – check out the history of the agent. Search for agents that have a strong focus on training and education. And have lots of happy clients (that you could talk to).
You’ll often get the best insight from those still in the buying process. Ask them if they’re happy with their choice of agent, and the service received so far? If they are happy even if they haven’t bought that’s a good sign.
Skills and personal development
Just because an agent is legally ‘qualified’ to act as your advocate doesn’t mean they’re competent. Much more than a certificate is needed for success in real estate sales. If you want to discover whether a real estate agent places a high value on their own continual improvement ask them ‘what book are you reading at the moment?’. If they’re not reading, or they’re “between books”. Keep looking…
Access to property data
One of the most useful things a buyers agent can do for you is give you access to sales data. So look for an agent that’s prepared to help you with access local sales data, when you need it most – when you’re mobile or on the weekend. Access to a history of sales results gives you instant information that’ll help you quickly assess the likely selling price of any property, even if you are not familiar with property prices in the area.
Ability to negotiate
This is the one core skill that you should look for when hiring a buyer’s agent. You must be able to quickly determine if an agent has ability to negotiate. Your buyer’s agent skills and empathy will determine the success and happiness of your property purchase.
Only consider agents with a strong ability to negotiate. How do you select the real estate agent who’ll get you the best deal? Get in touch with a Real Estate Helper and we think you’ll find a buyer’s agent that you’re looking for.
The other factor to consider is the quality of the personal and professional contacts that a buyer’s agent has at their fingertips. Other professionals that may be consulted about your purchase include; builders, architects, inspectors, town planners, tradespeople, council members or anyone else who can quickly asses any issue at hand.
Your agent should also have good resources that can provide information about properties that are coming up for sale.
Unconventional real estate agencies like us are setting up and refining systems that supply you with the freshest listings and latest information about houses before they officially hit the market.