Whatever your needs, it might be time to think about taking yourself out of the equation and using a buyer agent.
Looking to buy a new home but have no idea where to start? Do you feel overwhelmed by the idea of bidding at an auction, or maybe don’t have the time to do all the legwork? Buyer agents can ease the stress and anxiety of buying a new home.
What is a buyer agent?
More commonly used in the US, where a survey by the National Association of Realtors showed 63 per cent of buyers used an agent, buyer agents are professionals whose job it is to look for and purchase property on a buyer’s behalf. They are not real estate agents and have no connection with the seller or the agency representing them.
Do I really need one?
What you are really asking is: what can a buyer agent offer me that I can’t do myself?
Well, for starters, a buyer agent is an objective party in the process – they won’t let their decisions become clouded by emotion. It won’t be a case of ‘love at first sight’ with an agent; they will do their research thoroughly and objectively and present you with all the facts. Unless you are an expert negotiator, the idea of having to bid or make offers on properties probably gives you cause for anxiety. Your agent will be skilled and experienced in all aspects of bidding, negotiation, contracts, financing and the settlement process. They will also be able to assist you in finding someone to manage that property, should it be for investment purposes. Buyer agents possess valuable market knowledge, including the ability to identify new or upcoming ‘hotspots’. By the time an area is publicised as a hotspot, it is probably too late for the average home buyer to get into the market. Buyer agents make it their job to be ahead of the game, identifying key market trends and up-and-coming areas well ahead of the average punter.
As seen on Domain.com.au