questions: Highly Recommended Exclusive Buyer's Agent - 09/17/13 11:04 AM
Ben was recommended to us by friends of ours who previously used his services to purchase a house. We knew when we would begin looking and also knew from our friends that he only accepted a limited number of clients at a time. So, we called him early in order to reserve his services a few months down the road. Even though we were not officially signed with him, he spent time answering our questions and helping to get us prepared for the process of buying a house. As we had a house to sell, and didn't know where to start with that, … (0 comments)

questions: 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)

questions: 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)

questions: Hire a professional, not a fortune teller who lost their crystal ball! - 06/14/11 10:17 AM
Many buyers ask their agents questions about what they think the market/seller/interest rates will do. It seems the prevailing attitude by many real estate agents is to laugh off such questions, or retort with a witty comment such as, "My crystal ball is on the fritz." Their response is more like that of the famous Magic 8-ball: "Reply hazy. Try again." And try again they do. Because they didn't hire a fortune teller to help them buy a home, they hired what they thought was a real estate professional.
Have we hit bottom? Should I wait to buy a home or … (5 comments)

questions: We're thinking about buying a home in the next year or two. How can we best prepare for a home purchase? - 05/09/11 06:02 PM
I have a lot of people asking me how to best prepare for a home purchase in the next year or two.
Here are a few tips. I'm more than happy to answer any additional questions anyone considering a home purchase in the next 2 years may have.
How much should you save for a down payment?
If you CAN, try and save 20% of the purchase price as a down payment. Here's why: Mortgage Insurance. Mortgage insurance is getting expensive and can equal hundreds of dollars a month on your mortgage payment. None of which goes toward the principle balance … (62 comments)

questions: Homebuying Advice - Talk to the Neighbors - 07/05/10 11:42 AM
One of the things I recommend Buyers do when considering an offer on a home, or that they do as part of their due diligence, is make contact with the surrounding neighbors.
For one thing, they will tell you all kinds of things about the home, the neighborhood and the sellers. But it also gives you a chance to decide whether or not having them as neighbors might be enough to reconsider the purchase.
Here is a link to an article I contributed to in the Chicago Tribune on this subject:
http://tinyurl.com/talktotheneighbors
This is good advice in any economy.
If you … (6 comments)

questions: Only 22% of Home Buyers are Satisfied with Their Agent? Not HERE! - 04/14/10 06:24 AM
A recent RISMedia article stated that only 22% of home buyers are happy with their real estate agent.
I wondered why this might be, and reading the article didn't really shed any new light on the reasons. Strangely enough, the article talked more about complaints from Sellers, such as, "The agent priced my home too high, so it took too long to sell".
Still, there was some mention of Buyers who felt that the process was not adequately explained, loan terms were not adequately disclosed, or simply felt that their agent was looking out more for themselves, and not for the … (2 comments)

questions: For Real Estate Professionals who are not yet using Active Rain - 02/11/09 05:44 AM
Last year when the market in Salt Lake slowed down, so did the leads. In fact, I didn't get a single good lead from August through December of 2007. Traditional marketing methods weren't generating the interest or return I needed to stay afloat until the part-time agents left the business. That's when I heard about blogging.
After looking at the different options available for blogging, I settled on the ActiveRain Real Estate Network for a number of reasons. Among them:
Active Rain blog entries rank at the top of google searches for key words written into the blog. There are over … (2 comments)

questions: 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)

questions: 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)

questions: 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)

 
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