Buying a house, regardless if you are a first time home buyer or a seasoned pro, is an exciting time and has the potential to be a fun and enjoyable process for you and your family. As you sort through different neighborhoods and house styles, you start to envision what your new neighbors will be like, how each room will be used and what touches you will put on the home to make it uniquely yours. As thrilled as you are for your new chapter to start, you need to first focus on getting the right people in your corner as you being the home searching and buying process. And as you may have guessed, that is where our blog topic is going to be taking us today. We will be discussing all the important things you need to know about finding and hiring on the right buyer’s agent, and why the right agent is so crucial in determining your success and experience during the home buying process.
Why is it important to hire a buyer’s agent when looking to purchase a home?
As we have discussed in a previous post, there is a pretty significant difference when it comes to buying and selling agents, and the importance of having the right agent on your side to meet your specific needs as a client. Why is it so important to have a buyer’s agent when purchasing a home? Simply put, you want an agent that is skilled and experienced when it comes to buying houses and will have your best interests at heart during the entire process. Having an agent that is solely focused on helping clients through the buying process will ensure that they are not bringing you only to listings they want you to see (i.e. their other listings) and that they have the skill set needed to help you throughout the journey.
Here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts we split our agents down the middle and have a specific group of agents that are solely focused on helping our clients purchase homes and another set of agents that are solely focused on helping our clients list and sell their homes. And we are very calculated in that move because we know there are two completely different skill sets involved here. We understand that the needs of our clients who are selling their homes are different than those of our clients who are purchasing a home, and therefore our agents cater to and use different skill sets for each. Understanding the importance of hiring on a buyer’s agent when looking to purchase a home can make all the difference and can save you a lot of time, energy and headaches along the way.
What traits should you look for when hiring a buying agent?
Before we touch on the traits you should look when hiring on a buying agent, we first want to touch on what their responsibilities are, as fully grasping what buying agents do can then, in turn, help you identify the traits you should be looking for. First and foremost, a buyer’s agent is responsible for being there and assisting their client through the entirety of the buying process. While it may not seem like it, there are many duties and responsibilities that the buying agent handles to ensure the process is not only successful but also that it runs smoothly for their client. After you find the agent you want to work with, you will sit down with them and review your “must-have” list and you “want” list. This will help to give your agent a better idea of the nonnegotiables in a home, as well as things that are very important to you but not necessarily deal-breakers.
Your buying agent will then take that list and search for listings that meet your desired criteria. It is important to note here that having an established and successful agent on your side can potentially mean that you will gain access to listings that are not yet on the market through connections and relationships they have with other selling agents. This gives you an edge on other buyers and therefore lessening the competition and widening your range of potential homes to choose from. Once your buying agent has a few homes they think you will like, they will then arrange for you to see and walk through the home. When you eventually find and fall in love with a home, you and your agent will sit down to craft an offer to send to the seller’s agent. Your agent will then negotiate on your behalf until agreed-upon prices and conditions are met. Your buying agent will be by you, representing you, the whole way through until every contract is signed and every contingency is met.
As you can tell, there is a lot that goes into the process of finding and buying a home and therefore you will be spending a lot of time with your buying agent. They essentially will become your new best friend, which is also why finding the right agent is so important. A few traits you will want to see in your buying agent include someone that is honest, trustworthy, reliable and has a proven track record of success. If a realtor has a positive reputation and raving client testimonials, you will have more confidence in hiring them on to represent you. If a realtor does not have such positive testimonials or a track record of success, you may want to rethink that person and instead find someone that you know will be better suited to represent you.
Why should I choose Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts when looking to buy a home in the Myrtle Beach, SC area?
As we have said in previous posts, we know you have many options in realtors when it comes to buying and selling homes in the Myrtle Beach area. And while there are some good agents around, you want to make sure you have the best team representing you during this process to ensure you avoid the pitfalls that can be costly, frustrating and time-consuming. Our strongest weapon here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts, and what really sets us apart from others in the area, are the incredible realtors we have on our team. We will work hard for you day in and day out to ensure you have the best and most successful buying and selling experience possible.
We have many diverse and talented agents on our team that have a lot of experience, education, and knowledge around not only the general real estate market but also the Myrtle Beach, SC area. We have agents with different backgrounds, one specifically in home building, which allows our team to help you spot structural damage before buying a home. At Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts we are not focused on our clients finding the highest-priced home so we make the most commission, we instead are focused on helping our clients find the right home for their budget and taste, and want to help them make the best investment possible. We work with a lot of individuals, couples, families, and retirees to help them find their dream home in Myrtle Beach, and we know we can do the same for you. Why have average when you can have the best? This is what we do, we do it every day and we are good at it. Give us a call today, we look forward to working with you!
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