buyers agent: 5 Different Types of Real Estate Agents in Utah - 07/30/19 04:05 PM
In Utah, we have several different types of Real Estate Agents, all offering their own level of professional services and representation. Here is a Brief Overview of 5 Different Types of Agents in Utah: 
Listing Agent also known as Seller's Agent: these agents are sometimes referred to as a "traditional agent." They are the most common real estate agent in Utah. They work on behalf of the seller and represent the seller's interests during a sale. They treat buyers as "customers" of the seller and the listing brokerage and not as clients. Discount Brokerage: agents who work for a discount brokerage are required to … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Common Myths and Misunderstandings about Shopping for Homes - 08/19/14 06:27 AM
The following is a reprinted article from Today's Buyer's Rep Magazine, A publication of the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council, Inc.
You’ve been searching for homes online, driving by interesting properties in your car, and found one that looks perfect. What do you do next? Contact the agent featured on the yard sign and the online listing? While that may sound like the most logical step, it’s a common home buying mistake based on several myths and misunderstandings:
Assumption: It’s best to contact the listing agent because they’re already familiar with the property.
Sure, the agent on the yard sign knows the … (1 comments)

buyers agent: Should I Write An Offer on a Short Sale with An Offer Under Review? - 04/22/14 01:25 PM
I usually don't recommend writing offers on short sales that already have an accepted offer under bank review. You could send in an offer, but the offer will often not reach the bank. Usually it is held by the seller until after the bank replies to the first offer. One of the seller's main goals is to get an approved price from the bank. If they send in newer and higher offers every few days, the bank has no incentive to reply or to approve one of the short sale offers in hand. It can also start the process completely over at the bank, … (2 comments)

buyers 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)

buyers agent: Types of Real Estate Agents and the Best Agent for Buyers - 10/15/13 09:03 AM
Different Types of Real Estate Agents
Listing or Seller's Agent:  These agents are the "traditional" type of real estate agent. A listing agent works on behalf of the seller and represents them, looking out for their best interest in the transaction.
Buyer's Agent:  A "Buyer's Agent" is usually a traditional agent who is working for a buyer in a transaction. The "buyer's agent" may also work for sellers in other transactions as their listing or seller's agent.
Dual-Agent or Limited Agent:  An agent who works for both the buyer and the seller in the same transaction in the capacity of a … (2 comments)

buyers agent: Using Technology to Save Time in Your Home Search - 10/07/13 04:05 AM
Step 1: Get Technology Working For You
Tired of looking through website after website of homes for sale and trying to figure out which homes you've seen already and what's new? There is a better way!
Many multiple listing services (MLS) have a feature built in that allows an agent to create a custom search using criteria you provide. This search can run daily and inform you of new, price reduced, or otherwise changed listings that match the criteria you've set.
Using this "Hotsheet" feature means you will no longer need to surf through hundreds of homes on the public sites trying … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Avenues Homebuyers Find Working with Exclusive Buyer's Agent "Extremely Rewarding Experience" - 04/13/10 05:28 AM
We relocated from California at the end of last summer, and having sold our home there, we were excited to begin looking for a new one in the Sugarhouse area.  Initially, we were using a listing agent that was set up for us by the relocation company. 
When it became clear that this arrangement wasn’t working out, we decided to find an agent that was more attentive to our needs and interests.
Our Exclusive Buyers Agent has been excellent at every stage of helping us to acquire our new home.  We had absolutely no pressure to look in particular areas, … (0 comments)

buyers 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)

buyers agent: Buying "Small" in Salt Lake - 10/03/08 08:53 AM
With all the plusses that come with more square footage, the smart buyer will look at the additional costs. Whether you are buying a home as an investment, or planning on living there a long time, there are many reasons some Buyers choose to buy "small" rather than buying "large" homes. Most Buyers who choose to buy small do so out of some necessity: The home is closer to work, their buying budget only gets them a small home, etc.
But some buyers who could buy big, still choose to buy small and their reasons are food for thought.
Some of … (3 comments)

buyers agent: Salt Lake City, Utah Job Market Among the Most Healthy in the Nation - 10/02/08 09:22 AM
The latest Conference Board Press Release (Dated October 1, 2008) shows some areas of the country where the number of available jobs exceeds the number of unemployed. One of those cities (the one at the top!) is Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Conference Board reports that "35 of [the] top 52 Metro areas post over-the-year declines in job demand." Those living in the Salt Lake City area have a lot to be greatful for. The real estate "boom" here started late and ended early when consumers saw surrounding areas starting to bust. Home values have held fairly flat, which is pretty … (4 comments)

buyers agent: CNN Money Article - Exclusive Buyer's Agents representing their clients - the Buyers! - 09/17/08 04:47 PM
I suppose I should have blogged about this a few weeks ago, but I was interviewed by Les Christie from CNN Money last month and was written up in another CNN Money article, this one titled "Homebuyers turn the screws on desperate sellers."
Although the article doesn't mention this, I believe all of the agents mentioned in it were Exclusive Buyer's Agents (EBAs).
In the Salt Lake area, sellers who need to sell their homes are beginning to get reasonable about pricing and/or conceding so the deal gets done at a fair market value to buyer and seller. Sellers were able … (2 comments)

buyers agent: Relocating Client of Exclusive Buyer's Agent: "I got more than my money's worth" - 09/15/08 06:12 PM
Work Done: Yes Hire Again: YesApproximate Cost: $12,000.00Description Of Work:Benjamin Clark is an exclusive buyer's agent, representing buyers only in real estate transactions and in our case, for the purchase of a primary residence in Salt Lake. He showed us over 150 homes in the four months we spent house hunting and patiently educated us about every aspect of making a real estate transaction, including mortgage analysis, the importance of home inspections and home warranties and negotiations with the seller. He is a FORMIDABLE and SKILLED negotiator and will work extremely hard to negotiate the BEST DEAL … (2 comments)

buyers agent: Provo-Orem and Salt Lake City, UT at top of 2008 Best Performing Cities Index - 09/15/08 09:19 AM
The Milken Institute ranks metropolitan areas by how well they create and sustain jobs, wages and salaries and technology.
Their report, dated September 10, 2008 shows Utah's Largest Metro Areas strong atop the list of over 200 Large Metropolitain areas nationally.
Provo-Orem comes in at #1 with Salt Lake City at #3. Ogden, Utah came in at a respectable #18 and Saint George, Utah ranked #4 among the nation's "smaller" metropolitain areas included in the report.
While employment and job creation don't make up the whole of an area's economy, they certainly contribute to it's general health. Growth in the employment … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Exclusive Buyer's Agent: The Purest Form of Real Estate Buyer Representation - 09/01/08 01:43 PM
Christopher Cruise writes on
Any licensed real estate agent in the United States can legally act as a "buyer's agent," although not all have experience doing so. You can... engage what's called an "exclusive buyer's agent." This is the purest form of buyer representation...
Every time you buy a home, make sure you get an Agent on YOUR side of the transaction!

If you have excellent credit and will be buying a $250,000-$750,000 home in the next 30-60 days and would like an agent who will work exclusively for you, call us at (801) 969-8989 or contact us via … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Utah County First Time Home Buyers Want Someone on Their Side - 06/20/08 06:22 AM
We recently purchased our first home in Utah County with the assistance of Benjamin Clark.  We had been researching homes and the home-buying process for about a year before we decided the time was right.  After reading a lot about the process, it became clear to us that we wanted someone representing our interests exclusively.  Retaining an exclusive buyer’s agent was the only way to do that.
We discovered that Benjamin Clark was the only exclusive buyer’s agent in the area.  Initially, we had a few concerns.  We were a little concerned that we only had one choice and that Benjamin … (5 comments)

buyers agent: Roy Home Buyers Find Success by Hiring Exclusive Buyer's Agent - 05/29/08 07:54 AM
Wow, where do I start relaying my experience of buying our first house?  First, I guess you can say that my husband and I are very cautious people.  We do a lot of research before buying any large-ticket item, whether it be a lawnmower, a washer, a car, etc.  So when it comes to a HOUSE, I started researching a year before we even began to look. 
I spent hours researching on the Internet, and I even began watching HGTV shows that involved buying houses to get an overview on the home-buying process.  It was from watching some of these shows … (1 comments)

buyers agent: Ummel Case Follow-Up - 04/19/08 04:20 PM
I got the chance to correspond with a reporter in San Diego who wrote an article this week about one of the juror's responses following the verdict in the Ummel vs. their Realtor (R) case.
Like many of you, the reporter had not heard of Exclusive Buyer's Agents before we had our exchange.
Shortly thereafter she posted this follow-up which included some of my comments:
Here is a small portion of the round-up:
Today I heard from Benjamin Clark, a real estate broker in Salt Lake City, who says he only represents buyers, never any sellers. And he's on the … (3 comments)

buyers agent: Questions for Buyer's Agents - My Responses - 04/18/08 06:10 AM
I don't know the specific origin of these questions, but Buyers ask them all the time. A wise homebuyer will ask these types of questions to any agent they interview.
Here are my responses to Buyers when I am provided with these questions: 
Do you spend 100% of your time representing Buyers? YES Will you guarantee me that you will not be representing any seller at any time while you are working for me? YES Do you, or the company you are with, ever list properties for sale? NO Will you point out all the negative aspects of each property as … (2 comments)

buyers agent: Salt Lake City - 3rd Best Place to SELL a home - 04/14/08 06:22 AM
Last week put out a picture story about the best places in the United States to SELL your home.
Here's what they said:

The story makes a few interesting statements about Salt Lake's ecoonomy that I thought should be considered by anyone considering a move to the area, as well as by those of us who live, work, and own homes here.
Here they are, paraphrased by me:
1."Salt Lake's growing economy was not housing reliant"
2. "Salt Lake has a 3% annual job growth rate"
3. "Salt Lake has declining home inventory" 
4. "Salt Lake has one of … (10 comments)

buyers agent: The Clients I Enjoy Working With - 04/05/08 04:44 PM
I prefer to work with people I like and who like me. I will gladly turn away a prospective client who is unreasonable, rude, stressful or condescending. Likewise, I wouldn't expect anyone to work with me if I treated them that way.
A good agent focuses on your concerns and needs and will find ways to meet them. You should feel welcome, and relaxed, but in control and empowered. You should be given the information you need to make an informed decision and YOU should be the person in charge, making the actual decisions.
I really enjoy working for Buyers Only … (6 comments)

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