Working With A Realtor
Why should you work with an F.C. Tucker Emge REALTOR®?
- They will help you negotiate the best price and terms for your new home.
- They have access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which allows them to search for available homes that meet your criteria.
- They can show you any home for sale, either in the MLS or "For Sale By Owners."
- They will handle the administrative details of scheduling showings for the homes you would like to see.
- They save you time by providing you with information about schools, neighborhoods, etc.
- When you find a home you think you might be interested in, they can use the MLS to find out the list prices of other homes for sale in the area as well as the sales prices of those that have recently sold. This can help you determine the fair market value of the home before you make an offer.
- They will guide you through the maze of offers and counter offers, inspections and amendments - always looking out for your best interests. Their advice and insight in these areas can help you avoid potential pitfalls and may save you from costly errors. They will know, for example, which items in the home need to be included in the purchase agreement; some items can be assumed to stay with the house while others must be specifically stipulated. If the inspection uncovers problems, they will help you negotiate changes with the seller.
- They can help you find a reputable lender.
- They can explain the closing process and all of the paperwork involved.
A Buyer's Agent - Working for YOU!
REALTORS® working with a buyer represent the interests of the buyer. In practical terms, this means that your agent is required to:
- Exercise reasonable skill and care in performing their duties.
- Deal with you as a client honestly and fairly.
- Disclose all facts which are known to the agent (or may be reasonably discovered) that affect the value or desirability of any property you are considering.
The only exception to this law is when a buyer wants to buy a home listed by his/her own agent - or by an agent affiliated with the same broker (since the listings legally belong to the broker). In this situation, the agent becomes a “limited agent,” representing the interests of both parties. This limited agency must be disclosed, and both the buyer and the seller must give their consent in writing for the transaction to move forward.
Before you begin your home search, make sure you have a buyer’s agent you can trust and work with!
Buyer's Agents...Isn't that expensive?
Real estate agents are paid on commission, generally a percentage of the selling price of the home. The commission for a particular transaction is established in the listing agreement between the seller and the seller's agent.
Which F. C. Tucker Emge REALTOR® is right for me?
You’ll want to keep several things in mind as you select a real estate agent. Remember that during your search you may spend a significant amount of time with this agent, so he or she should be someone you can enjoy. You will be seeking your agent’s advice on one of the most important decisions you will make, so he or she should be someone you can respect. In the course of your search, you may need to share intimate details of your finances, so your agent should be someone you can trust. In addition, you’ll want an agent who will know when to share his or her opinion straightforwardly and when to listen to your opinions.
A good REALTOR®...
- Is familiar with the area of town you’re interested in
- Is available at times that are convenient for you
- Can assess your personal compatibility
- Asks questions about what you want, and need, in a home
- Is a good listener
- Has respect for you and your preferences
- Follows up with answers to questions he/she did not initially know
- Returns calls promptly