agent: It's Nice To Have An Agent In Your Court and On Your Side - 02/24/14 02:17 PM

Our overall home buying experience with Homebuyer Representation was great. This is my second home I have bought with Ben and I have been very pleased from start to finish. Ben was always with me and very supportive through every process. I chose to work with him the first time because he had helped my son buy his home and he came highly recommended (actually he did not give me a choice, he said I HAD to use Ben). Our first house was great for almost nine years. Because of age we sadly had to move to a more accessible house and did … (0 comments)

agent: Buyer Praises Exclusive Buyer's Agent: I Always Knew He Was On My Side - 01/27/14 08:23 AM
I have known and worked with Benjamin Clark since 1994. He is a good person. Honest, helpful, patient and trustworthy are words that come to mind as I try to describe him. He is a family man. In working with him I always felt like he was really listening to me and that he really cared about my best interests. 
I bought a building lot with his help. He is very thorough and absolutely resourceful as a buyer's agent. He provided timely information as I researched the market conditions and found the information I needed about previous and comparable sales. I … (1 comments)

agent: What Seller's Agents Can't Do For You as a Home Buyer - 09/18/13 03:47 AM
The nation's smartest homebuyers know that the best way to buy a home is to have their own professional representation.
Think about it: Seller's agents are legally obligated to work toward getting the seller the highest price and best terms of sale. So,
Can the seller's agent prepare a market analysis for you that would prove the seller's asking price is too high? NO. Can the seller's agent suggest that the seller may take an offer well below the list price? NO. Can the seller's agent say you should ask the seller to make repairs, or that the seller should pay for … (0 comments)

agent: 3 Reasons You Should Hire an Agent when Buying a Home - 09/13/13 09:24 AM
Here are a few good reasons for getting your OWN agent when buying a home:
1. You become a client, not a customer
Without an agent on your side you are just a customer to the seller and their agent. According to the National Association of Realtors, "As a customer, a buyer is not represented by an agent... the agent cannot negotiate on the buyer's behalf nor reveal to the buyer any confidences of the client, the client is the seller." Want someone looking out for you? Don't use the seller's agent! Become a CLIENT of an agent who will represent … (0 comments)

agent: Two Buyers, One House... One Agent? - 10/09/12 10:15 AM
Let's talk about agency, representation, and conflicts of interest.
We received a call today from a gentleman who had just fired an agent he had been working with for a few months. We'll call him Bob.
Bob and his agent were out together looking at a HUD home when a man "off the street" came to the door and asked to see the home. Bob's agent let the prospect in to tour the home and spent time with the man, giving him her card as he left. Later, when Bob expressed a desire to write an offer on the home, his agent informed him … (5 comments)

agent: Is Buying a Home in 2012 within Your Means? - 01/19/12 08:29 AM
Homebuyer Representation, Inc. offers a free consultation to home buyers.
What does it mean to consult an Exclusive Buyer's Agent? A consultation is a one-time meeting to get any of your real estate questions answered and to find out what it would take to buy a home. The meeting can be in person or over the phone.
It doesn't mean that you have to hire the agent to represent you, or even hire an agent at all.
You should come away from the consultation with enough information to answer these questions:
Does it make sense to buy vs. rent? Is what … (1 comments)

agent: Salt Lake Among Healthiest Housing Markets in the United States - 11/22/11 02:57 PM
Builder Magazine ranks Salt Lake City, Utah as having the third healthiest housing market in the U.S.
Good things happening in the Salt Lake City metropolitain area:
Income growth next year is expected to be one of the best in the country. Job growth this year was 2nd best in the country. (Over 35,000 new jobs last year) Population continues to grow. New companies in a variety of sectors keep moving to town. We have some great colleges, universities and tech colleges in the area. Residential building permits are up 16% (Salt Lake REALTOR Magazine, Nov 2011) Residential home prices are … (2 comments)

agent: "We Wanted to Make Sure We Had an Agent We Could Rely On" - 10/25/11 01:26 PM
Prior to working with an EBA, we had been involved in four other real estate purchases and three sales and had developed some skepticism toward realtors in general.  This most recent move was our first that wasn’t just to another part of town.  This time, we were to move ourselves, our five kids, our dogs and our cats 300 miles.  We wanted to make sure we had an agent we could rely on.  We shopped extensively and even spoke to a few agents before we found Homebuyer Representation on the web. 
We felt good about working with our EBA from the … (0 comments)

agent: Research Scientists Share Benefits of Hiring an Exclusive Buyer's Agent when Buying a Home - 10/18/11 07:01 PM
Our Exclusive Buyers Agent (EBA) was a pleasure to work with because of his laid back, no-pressure approach. His only motivation was to help us find the right house for us, not to sell a home.  He never pressured us to consider a home we were not interested in. Rather, he suggested we see many homes so we could figure out what we actually wanted, and what we did not want. When we had a disagreement on which house we liked better, he made sure to let us come to our own conclusion. We are very happy with how it turned out, and … (1 comments)

agent: How to Calculate the Cost vs. Benefit of Refinancing - 10/12/11 10:27 AM
How to calculate the cost vs. benefit of refinancing
Whether or not you should refinance will depend at least 3 things:
The costs associated with refinancing The total monthly savings the refinance equates to. How long you plan to stay in the home or hold the loan Once you calculate how many months of savings it will take to cover all the costs of refinancing (including any costs added to the principle balance of your loan) you can more easily assess whether or not it makes sense for YOU to refinance.
Here is an example. The numbers I'm using make for … (0 comments)

agent: Military Buyer Chooses an Exclusive Buyer Agent (EBA) with Great Results! - 10/03/11 01:28 PM
I’ve done extensive research in home buying over the past few years.  I knew the only way to go was an EBA (Exclusive Buyer’s Agent), but I didn't know of any in Utah. 
Fortunately, a random internet search brought up Benjamin Clark with Homebuyer Representation.  I called him, and then met him in person.   He was easy to work with and has extensive knowledge of the home buying process.  He was always willing to take time to answer my questions and explain anything I didn’t understand.
I was purchasing a second home and Ben kept me on the right track … (0 comments)

agent: Representation - You Get What You Pay For - 09/30/11 10:09 AM
At Homebuyer Representation we put our clients first. Our clients are always Buyers, all the time. 
We do not represent Sellers ever. We don't "switch teams" in the middle of the transaction. Our focus is on what is best for the Buyer. We don't work to get the deal to go through if the client doesn't want it to go through or if it isn't in the Buyer's best interest for the transaction to close. We have no specific properties we need to "move" or "sell". We can help a Buyer purchase any property listed by any real estate brokerage, home-builder … (2 comments)

agent: Salt Lake City "Super" Accredited Buyer Representative - 09/30/11 08:10 AM
Well, I did it again! I decided to get the ABR designation for the second time. Yes, this means I took the entire curriculum over again, so you could say I'm twice as knowledgeable as those who have only earned the Accredited Buyer Representative designation once!
Okay, so maybe I didn't learn twice as much, but taking it from different instructors each time and a few years apart, I do have to say the course was a great reminder of how to property serve the real estate buyer and gave me some ideas on how I can make my buyer representation … (0 comments)

agent: What's worse than a lowball offer? - 05/26/11 07:26 AM
Throughout history, and still today, a big fuss is made over ridiculous "low-ball" offers from Buyers. What's the big deal? Reject them. If your price is right, a buyer will appear. If you keep getting buyers, who appear unreasonable, perhaps you should reconsider who's being ridiculous.
A low-ball offer (or an overpriced listing) requires very little research because the agent doesn't have to narrow down a market value to prepare what is obviously, to everyone involved, an unreasonable offer (or value). How will that help you in the next stages of negotiations (if you get that far)? It won't. It will … (5 comments)

agent: Salt Lake City Home Buyer - Exclusive Buyers Agent Was "Wholly Dedicated to My Cause" - 04/06/10 05:37 PM
Benjamin Clark of Homebuyer Representation, Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah, helped me find and buy my home. He was an excellent agent in all ways and I recommend him wholeheartedly to any potential home buyer.
Because he is an Exclusive Buyer's Agent, Ben was wholly dedicated to my cause throughout what turned out to be a 4-1/2 month long process.
He was enormously helpful, dedicated, persistent, knowledgeable, proactive, and consistently agreeable and pleasant.
His negotiating skills are impressive.
He makes great efforts to stay current in his field.
I enjoyed our association and greatly appreciate his work … (3 comments)

agent: Benefits of Using an Exclusive Buyer's Agent Explained by a Real Home Buyer - 02/24/10 06:43 AM
When you use an Exclusive Buyers Agent, they are not biased in their opinion of which properties they want you to view or buy. Our Exclusive Buyer's Agent was very willing to show us any property that we wanted to see.
He went the extra mile and beyond to meet our needs and wants in a home. He worked in every way to save us money. He helped us see down payment and closing cost options we would not have known about without his help. He took care of all the paperwork and even ran documents to our places of employment … (4 comments)

agent: HUD to Buyers: "It is your responsibility to search for an agent who will represent your interests in the real estate transaction." - 01/01/10 09:44 AM

Newly revised for 2010, HUD's latest publication related to buying a home is titled, "Shopping for Your Home Loan: HUD's Settlement Cost Booklet." It is a must-read for anyone who will be buying a home in 2010 (or beyond).
In spite of the title, the booklet doesn't just contain information on how to shop for a home loan using new forms and an explanation of the settlement costs involved in a real estate transaction. The guide also contains valuable information on a variety of other topics related to purchasing a home. (It's a whopping 4 Megabyte download!)
Massive reforms in the real … (13 comments)

agent: 5 Reasons Utah is Weathering the Economic Storm - 04/13/09 07:19 AM
A recent ABC4 news report points out some reasons why Utah is weathering the economic storm better than other states. Diversification seemed to be the main theme. All of Utah's eggs aren't in one basket.
Here are 5 of the examples given:
International Exports Tourism Alternative Energy Research & Development Technology Research & Development Population Influx - People AND Businesses are relocating to Utah While Utah isn't an economic Utopia, the diverse interests of it's residents and it's industrial pursuits certainly make it a great place to live.
Utah generally receives favorable scores in surveys and analyses regarding great places to … (1 comments)

agent: Owning Becomes More Attractive as Rent's Rise, Home Prices and Interest Rates Fall - 04/09/09 06:48 PM
Demand for rental homes and units in many parts of the country is on the rise as many homeowners who are unable to refinance their mortgages to today's lower rates because their property values have declined have sold their homes "short" or left them altogether after foreclosure. Increased restrictions for obtaining mortgage financing (high credit scores and larger down payments) have also reduced the pool of renters who "qualify" for homeownership.
As demand rises for rental units, the cost of renting should rise. As inventory of homes available for purchase grows, and demand shrinks (or is reduced due to a smaller … (1 comments)

agent: Dual Agency, Bad for Buyers (And Sellers!) - 03/16/09 03:36 PM
When I first began my career in Real Estate, I observed agents as they asked consumers to agree to dual agency. Sellers are often asked to do so when they list the home. Buyers are often asked to do so when writing an offer.When taking a listing they may have said something like:
Initialing here allows me to bring a Buyer for your home.
When writing a contract with a Buyer, they may have said something like:
Initialing here allows me to help you with the paperwork to buy this home.
No discussion whatsoever about what fiduciary duties a Seller or … (1 comments)

 
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