So, here you are, bopping about the Internet looking at houses. And then...there it is! The perfect house! You pick up the phone and call the listing agent. STOP RIGHT THERE! Rewind. You may have made a very costly mistake.
Did you know that the listing agent has an obligation to work for the SELLER'S best interests? Sure, they can fill out the paperwork for you. However, who is on YOUR side? You need a buyer's agent. Here's why:
- No fee to you
- The seller pays the commission, NOT the buyer
- You need someone to navigate the process for you
- The buyer's agent will help you with the inspection process, negotiations, etc.
- They will be sure you stay within the contractual timeframes
Once you fall in love with a house, your emotions are on your sleeve. Trust a reputable buyer's agent to negotiate in your behalf. They have an objective view of the property. You don't want to end up purchasing a money pit. Let your agent lead the way.