Most homebuyers believe a real estate agent is a real estate agent—not understanding the distinct differences between brokers, listing, and buyer’s agents. The truth is, the latter is often the one who has the most client interaction and fights hardest to protect your interests during the home purchasing process.
A buyer’s agent coordinates and secures showing appointments at properties you’re interested in, negotiates the best deal possible on your behalf, and constantly endeavors to save you time and money. It is for these reasons—and others—that working with a buyer’s agent should be preferred to directly contacting the agent who lists a property. Always remember: A listing agent is working first and foremost for their sellers; not you as a potential buyer.
Buyer’s Agents With Local Expertise Are Free!
Another unrealized advantage to working with a buyer’s agent is that their work is free—at least, for you. At closing, it is the seller’s responsibility to cover commission fees, which are split between their listing agent and your buyer’s agent.
In addition to taking advantage of an essentially free service, you’ll also gain the intimate local knowledge that only a buyer’s agent can provide. This is crucial for the thousands of out-of-state home buyers that South Florida is welcoming each month. Locally-based buyer’s agents know which school districts to steer families toward; which gyms offer the perfect pilates class; and which neighborhoods are poised for growth. They understand that your new home must fit into your ideal lifestyle.
Buyer’s Agents Beat Zillow
As real estate professionals, buyer’s agents have full access to the MLS—which is more accurate and offers more in-depth information than sites like Zillow or Redfin. The MLS is updated in real-time, which means you’re avoiding the risk of missing new listings and price reductions, and the disappointment of reaching out to a recently sold property. With a market as hot as 2021’s constantly monitoring the market can be exhausting for a potential new homeowner. However, for a buyer’s agent, it’s quite literally their job!
Buyer’s Agents Do This For A Living
Most clients will only go through the home purchasing process a few times in their lives. Buyer’s agents on the other hand go through the entire process constantly. They’ve seen it all! This experience means they’re well-equipped to notice small and large details during showings that may not seem obvious to you. They have also likely crossed paths with local listing agents, and have developed a professional relationship, which can be handy when scheduling showings—and at the negotiating table.
If you are purchasing your first home, keeping up with pre-approvals, financing, and terms like “escrow” and “earnest money” can be daunting. However, a buyer’s agent deals with these things every day. They’ll be able to keep you on track and help ensure no details fall through the cracks and no deadlines are missed, ultimately making the process as efficient and stress-free as possible.
Buyer’s Agents Only Work For Your Best Interests
Most importantly, a buyer’s agent works for YOU. They have your back and will apply the full force of their knowledge and experience to secure the right home, at the right price, for you and your family. They understand how to properly evaluate properties in all kinds of markets, and can assist you in vetting contractors, inspectors, and mortgage brokers. In short, there’s simply no downside to working with a buyer’s agent!
So, how do you go about finding the right buyer’s agent for you? Fortunately, if you’re looking to make the move to Boca Raton or Delray Beach, it’s as simple as reaching out to The Pearl Antonacci Group at Compass Florida! One of our professional buyer’s agents will be more than happy to assist you in your new move. Contact us today!