Many buyers do not fully understand the home buying process and what role a real estate agent plays. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions.
What does it cost as a buyer to use an agent?
The compensation that a sales agent receives typically comes from the seller?s proceeds. In other words, there is no cost for a buyer to use an agent in a traditional agent/buyer relationship. In a buyer agency agreement, there may be some cost to the buyer, but even these agreements are usually worded so that the agent is compensated from the seller.
Can my agent give me information regarding properties from other companies?
Yes, if that other company is a member of Multiple Listing Service (MLS). For Sale By Owner (FSBO) properties are not listed in MLS so an agent likely would not be able to provide information regarding them. However, with a buyer agency agreement, your agent may be able to help you purchase a FSBO.
What type of information will my agent need from me?
An agent will need any type of information regarding the property you are looking for that is important to you. For example, number of bedrooms, garage size, price, location and number of bathrooms are common criteria. Other considerations include the school district, type of home and room sizes.
How can I find out about new properties?
Your agent should be able to accommodate your particular situation whether it is via e-mail or telephone. Clients with e-mail capability can receive automatic updates from the MLS system as soon as new listings are entered.
What if I am unhappy and want to switch agents?
Let the first agent know that you are unhappy and the reasons why. See if you can work out the issues with them. If not, tell the agent you no longer want to work with them and find another agent.
When purchasing real estate, a sales agent can be an invaluable resource if you remember your responsibilities:
- Work with just one agent
- Make sure you tell your agent everything
- Always tell other agents you are already working with an agent
- Consider your agent your advocate