Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make – in terms of both money and lifestyle. So it only makes sense that you work with someone who has the local knowledge to help you find the right home, and the experience to negotiate the best deal. Our buyer’s specialists have both.
What to expect from us
We offer full representation to our buyer clients. And we stay with you through the entire process whether it’s your first home or retirement home. We help buyers with new construction and resales alike.
If you are a first time home buyer, the first step is to set up a one-hour consultation at our office, to discuss exactly what you’re looking for and answer any questions you have. (Don’t worry, everyone has them. In fact, we have answers to some of the most common on our Buyers FAQ.)
If you are working with us on the sale of your current home, one of our buyer’s specialists will contact you to discuss what you are looking for. Since it is a requirement to work with one of our buyer’s specialist to purchase your next home, we want you to rest assured that we only have the best agents on our team.
To help you know immediately when your dream home comes on the market, we’ll set up a listing alert connected to the MLS for you based on your preferences – size and style of home, neighborhoods and other considerations. You’ll get email alerts when homes matching your preferences come on and off the market. It’s a great way to monitor activity and make sure that when the right home comes along, you won’t miss it.
If you’d like a little more detail, click here to schedule a meeting with us.
What to look for in an agent
Of course, deciding who to work with is a key decision. A few things to consider:
Is the agent full time or part time?
The market is constantly evolving (along with all the forms and paperwork that are involved); you want someone who is an expert on today’s market. Let’s put it this way: would you go to a part-time doctor or lawyer?
Is the agent familiar with buying short sales or foreclosures?
These listings make up 5% of our market right now – and unless an agent has worked on them before, they won’t know the potential pitfalls associated with each. (Lesson one: Short sales are a completely different transaction than foreclosures.) Learn more about the differences.
How many deals did the agent close last year?
If you ask any successful agent, the honest ones will tell you that even after 100 transactions, they still learn something new with every deal. There are so many different questions that can arise, and so many individual issues – related to everything from the age of a home to the mindset of the seller. An agent should have enough ongoing and recent experience to know what to look out for, and quickly identify potential hiccups before they turn into major problems. Our agents close an average of 20-30 deals each. That puts them in the top 15% of Realtors in this area.