Find your Buyer’s Agent Now!
Buyer’s agents are licensed professionals that specialize in searching, evaluating and negotiating the purchase of property on behalf of the buyer. They do not sell real estate. The key difference between a buyers’ agent and a traditional selling agent is who they represent. A buyers’ agent works exclusively for the buyer, whereas the selling agent works for the vendor (seller).
Most buyers’ agents offer at least two levels of service:
The full search service, whereby the buyers’ agent actively searches the market and shortlists properties meeting the specific criteria of the client and then evaluates and negotiates the recommended property.
The negotiation or auction bidding only service – this is where the client finds the property and engages the buyers agent to evaluate and negotiate a private treaty or bid at auction.
Using a buyers’ agent to purchase real estate is becoming more widespread as investors and home buyers understand the benefits they provide.
A professional buyers’ agent can provide you with all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about the value of a property without all of the sales “hype” often generated by sales agents and glossy brochures.
Many think that using the services of a buyers’ agent is too expensive. This is not the case. Buyers’ agents can save you money, time and stress, whatever your budget. In most cases they will save you the fee and provide a whole lot more benefits. In the US and Australia, over 50% of the population use a buyers’ agent to assist in the purchasing process.
Buyers agents can give you the upper hand by their understanding of the auction process, bidding tactics and by not being emotionally involved in the auction or negotiation process.
Buyer’s agents generally charge an engagement fee before they begin the search. The fees are either a flat fee or a percentage of the property purchase price.
Here are 7 key reasons why you should use a buyers’ agent:
Gain access to a wider choice of properties (many not even advertised) via the contacts/ network of the buyers’ agent
Leverage your time – instead of searching the newspapers and internet every weekend, get someone else to do the hard work short listing suitable properties.
Use a professional negotiator to obtain the lowest possible price
Eliminate the stress and frustration of being shown inappropriate and unsuitable properties by selling agents that don’t listen to the buyers’ needs.
Have an independent professional buyers’ agent working on your side.
Source the right type of property in locations with good prospects for capital growth.
Help investors build their property portfolio faster by buying in growth areas.
Buyers’ agents will also ensure you don’t pay too much by providing background information about the true value of the property you are seeking to buy, so that you can make an informed choice.
If you choose a licensed, professional buyers’ agent, the saving you make on your next property could run into tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, could be less stressful and is likely to take less of your precious time.
CEO and Founder
Javier Serrano, “Looking after your interests.”