What Your Buyer’s Agent Does For You. It’s More than You Know

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Debbie Martorano
By Debbie Martorano, Broker RE/MAX Key Properties

First published in the Source Weekly

In the exciting and sometimes stressful journey of purchasing a home, a buyer’s agent stands as a strong partner, navigating a complicated and competitive process to ensure their client’s journey is smooth and successful. From meticulously scouring listings to negotiating the best deal, our role extends far beyond the facilitation of a transaction. Buyer’s agents are the guardians of our client’s interests, offering expertise, guidance and advocacy every step of the way. Let’s look at just a few of the responsibilities we fulfill as we lead you through your homebuying process.

  1. Learn about your goals and advise on ways to meet them.
  2. Connect you with the lenders known for their reputable, competitive and innovative approaches.
  3. Call the owners of For Sale By Owner properties to see if their property meets your needs.
  4. Negotiate with the owners of For Sale By Owner properties to ensure you buy the property with representation for the lowest cost.
  5. Reach out to owners of off-market homes that may be of interest to you.
  6. Explain the homebuying process from start to finish.
  7. Review resale potential of the properties you are considering.
  8. Connect you with quality home inspectors who get the job done and meet timelines.
  9. Provide information on property issues like oil tanks, lead paint and radon gas.
  10. Point out details of properties you may not be aware of or overlook, such as area development plans.
  11. Complete continuing education regularly to stay up-to-date and educated.
  12. Network with agents both locally and nationally to better connect you to opportunities.
  13. Carry Error and Omission insurance to help protect you from human error.
  14. Practice the highest standards of confidentiality about you and your position.
  15. Preview properties to see if they would be a good fit, thus saving you time.
  16. Educate you on today’s market conditions.
  17. Pull tax records and permits on properties of interest.
  18. Provide disclosure forms to seller to assure representations of property are made in writing, and review for potential red flags.
  19. Assist you in navigating forms that need to be signed.
  20. Help determine the market value of the property prior to making an offer.
  21. Coordinate, attend and help review the results of the home inspection.
  22. Work with your lender on timing to order the home appraisal.
  23. Provide, when requested, utility cost information on properties of interest.
  24. Provide information to appraiser as needed.
  25. Make sure your offer to purchase is competitive and negotiate your position strongly and firmly.
  26. Review preliminary title reports with you to help identify any red flags.
  27. Provide you with a copy of all documents you have signed.
  28. Review sales agreement with buyer so that all terms are understood.

In conclusion, the indispensable role of a buyer’s agent cannot be overstated. With a buyer’s agent by your side, the path to finding your dream home becomes not just a transaction, but a personalized and rewarding experience tailored to your unique needs and aspirations.