WHAT IS MY AGENT DOING FOR ME
Sometimes it’s difficult to see at first what your real estate agent is actually doing for you. Take you the best buy for example, when you walk into best buy, the first person says how you doing, you need help? You’re like no, I’m all set. Then you keep walking, you make your way to the computer section, the best buy sales person says hey, what can I help you find? And you’re like no, I’m all set, right? Then you keep looking around, and the third best buy sales person comes and says you find everything? All right, you’re like I’ll take that one, right?
So the third sales person gets to sales so to speak, but the first two sales people didn’t do anything wrong, you just weren’t ready to purchase at that particular point. So with the evolution of the internet, and the home search sites, it’s become the norm for buyers to be dialed into the new listings almost as fast as the agents can. With Zillow, Trulia, Realtor, the Boston, MLS or any other home search website that you find yourself on, you’re going to be dialed into what hits the market like I said almost as fast as the real estate agent would have the ability to send them to you.
It may seem like you’re doing the searching and you’re doing the work, but the value of the agent comes in when you identify the product. For example, you say to the best buy agent, I’d like this computer, can you tell me more about it? And the best buy agent is going to say well, it’s got this, it’s got that. That same thing with home buying, it’s really no different. The home buyer is going to say okay Mr. Agent, I want to go see 52 Park Street, all right? Let’s not use that one, you use 123 Main Street, all right?
And then the agent then is going to jump into gear and then do the research, okay. This is when it was purchased, this is what the seller paid for it, right? This is how many days on market, it’s got gas, heat, central air all the details that you would need similar to a retail purchase. Now, the example might seem a bit odd, but it really is the same. You’re going online and you’re shopping and you’re dialed into the hottest product, and when you find the hottest product, which in this particular case could be a just listed home that meets all your criteria.
The agent then steps in to give you the details of the product, set to showing up, take you there and give you all the features and benefits or downsides to the you actually want to look at. That’s just one part of the buyer’s agent expectations or job, and to facilitate the sale for you. Now, you’re obviously not paying the buyer agent to open the door, anybody can open the door, right? It’s picking out the features, it’s picking out asbestos piping, it’s picking it out fuses versus circuit breakers in the basement. It’s letting you know if it’s an underground oil tank, if it’s a septic tank.
If you can connect to the sewer. All those types of things that an agent will do the research for you on, that’s what you’re paying the agent for. All right, so the agent is there for you once you’ve decided you like something enough to go see it, then they’ll begin to research on that home. As a defense of the agent, it’s impossible to reach every home that the buyer client may like. Most agents have their own websites which is what they should tell you to do, and should direct you there so they can follow your search activity and notify you of new homes kind of when you see it.
So for example, you want to work with me, make your way to Evanrussell.com take a look at my site, register on the site. Mark some favorites, mark some property that you’d like to see. I’ll see it on my back end, and then I’ll be able to reach out and assist you best. So when it seems like initially the buyer agent is not really doing anything to facilitate your sale, it’s really not the case, because they also have to have the licensure, the professional qualifications, the broker and they’re actually paying the fee for the site to work, so that you can use that.
So you’re walking into their store so to speak. So I hope this helps, the buyer agents are a valuable part, almost an invaluable part to you being successful in your home search. You really can’t do it without them. So hope you enjoyed Russell realty minute with Evan Russell.