Finding an agent
What is a buyers agent?
One advantage of having a buyers agent is that they can offer advice on every aspect of buying a home, including tips on negotiating and pricing. Their duties include getting buyers the best deal and terms, any information about the property that might make it less desirable, and information about the sellers that might lead to a better price. These obligations are different from the sellers agent, who is looking out for the seller, their personal information, and sale price. Be sure to read the agreement to see how much you will owe, if any. Most times, agencies share the sellers commission at closing for both buyers and sellers agents, so their services are most often free to the buyer. Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable with your agent before you sign on with him, or her.
Finding the right agent
Finding an agent that works for you is a matter of shopping around and doing your homework. One great way to start your search is to ask your friends and family for recommendations. If youre relocating to take a new job, you may be able to ask your employer who lives in the area. You should plan on talking to at least a few agents to get a feel for how well you would work together. Asking pointed questions or just having a conversation should help you to know if your personalities are a fit. Working with a new agent can also be a plus, as they generally do not have as many clients and can offer you more personal attention.