This is the next post in our series, Corinne’s Guide to Buying. Visit the guide to find all the posts in the series.
Now we’ve established working with a Realtor, confidentiality and the costs of buying real estate, it’s time to start looking at properties. Today we’ll explain the process so you’ll be able to see why hiring your own buyers agent makes it easier to look at homes.
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Hiring Your Own Buyers Agent Makes Showings Easier
Properties listed on our MLS give all buyers agents instructions on how to set appointments. It may tell us of any restrictions or addditional requirements before showing. Home buyers might assume we can just go whenever we like but that’s far from reality. If buyers want to look at multiple homes in one session, it can become quite a juggling act. We have to schedule all showings at a time that suits you the buyer, your Realtor and all of the individual sellers and possibly the listing Realtors as well.
Hiring your own buyers agent is the easiest way to get showings set up. It becomes our job to schedule the showings, find out and adhere to any instructions, and get you in to as many homes as possible on your schedule. For you to do it would involve finding out the listing agent for each property, calling them direct, waiting for return phone calls, setting appointments that work for you and keeping to your allotted times allowing for driving, traffic, even hungry kids needing snacks as we go. It would be quite a task.
How Do Buyers Agents Access Properties
Access to most homes for sale are given to Realtors via electronic lock boxes. We pay for a system that allows us to do this, it’s only available to Realtors, not consumers. If not we can see what the alternative arrangements are on our MLS system, and follow them accordingly.
Sellers are requested in most circumstances to leave the home for showings. Occasionally we have to cancel; sickness, bad weather, change of schedule and it’s our job to let everyone know.
After showings most listing Realtors make contact for some feedback. It’s a way for sellers to gauge interest in their home and something they ask us to do. You’ll now be inundated with phone calls and this can be very costly. If you have interest in a home, you might give your game away. Realtors on the other hand know how to respond and not make your position known to a seller. The last thing you ever want to do is tell a seller or their agent how desperate you are to find a home, or even how much you love a home! Yet in the course of polite general discussion you might let this information lose without understanding the consequences.
Hiring Your Own Buyers Agent is FREE
Just a quick reminder that the way our system works is that the listing brokerage compensates us for bringing you a buyer. In most circumstances you are not required to pay us a dime. About 99.9% of the time, our services are FREE to buyers. So why would you not take the sensible route of hiring your own buyers agent?
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