As your Realtor, I will offer a Buyer Agency to you, which is an arrangement where I actively look after your best interests, but usually get paid by the Seller. This eliminates that age-old question in real estate transactions, “Just who is my agent representing, me or the seller?”
As your representative, a Buyer’s Agent can share valuable information (if they know it) like:
If you’re a first-time buyer, if you’re relocating or are otherwise unfamiliar with the local real estate market or you want negotiating help, you’ll be best served by a Buyer’s Agent who puts your interests first. If you want to get the best value in a property, you owe it to yourself to be the most knowledgeable buyer you can be.
Yes, but the Seller’s Agent is working for the seller and is the seller’s legal representative. A Seller’s Agent can offer buyers some services, including an explanation of available financing, calculation of monthly payment, estimation of settlement costs, and presentation of your offer to buy. What a Seller’s Agent cannot do is disclose information not in the best interest of the seller such as a personal opinion of the home’s real value or what price and terms the seller would accept. By law, the Seller’s Agent must negotiate on behalf of the seller and may not withhold from the seller information that could strengthen their bargaining position. That means you, as a buyer, should be careful not to disclose to the Seller’s Agent any personal information that could be passed along to the seller.
Usually not a penny. The seller pays your fee through the commission their agent shares with your agent. Perhaps the better question is, “What will it cost me if I don’t use a Buyer’s Agent?” Purchasing a home without representation may be a financial mistake. A Buyer’s Agent can guide you each step of the way to prevent costly errors. And failing to negotiate a contract that works best for you can cost you plenty. With a Buyer’s Agent, you can ask for and receive advice and assistance in selecting the best property and determining an offering price.
If your Buyer’s Agent locates a home you wish to buy that they also have listed, they must revert to a Transaction Broker in order to assure that you and the seller are treated fairly and equally. A Transaction Broker facilitates the transaction by being an active middleman between you and the seller. Your broker is still required to provide complete disclosure, due diligence and the care and accountability that they would always provide. But your broker may not disclose personal information (like how much you would be willing to pay or how low the seller would be willing to sell) to the other parties if they revert to a Transaction Broker.
The Bottom Line – If you want a broker to fully represent your best interests, if you want help evaluating a property, if you want someone to help you negotiate the best price and the best terms, if you want to purchase a home in what’s becoming the most popular way to buy, you’ll want to enlist the aid of a Buyer’s Agent.