So you're driving down the street, and you see a beautiful home for sale. You pull a flyer out of the box in front, and it looks like THE perfect home for you. The next thing you do is call the number for the listing agent and set up a showing - right? WRONG! At least not if you want an agent that's working for YOU.
When you're ready to buy a home - one important thing you need to understand is "Agency". There are many ways a consumer can work with an agent in the KC Metro, and it's important to know who is working for whom.
In most cases, the agent who lists a home for sale is representing the seller - and the seller only. So if you call the listing agent to view & write an offer on a home, you're on your own. What's worse is not only will they not be able to provide you advice on purchase price and terms, but any personal information you tell them about yourself WILL be passed on to the seller. (Why you're moving, what you can spend, how interested you are in the home, etc..) This can definitely jeopardize your position at the "negotiating table."
What you need is an Exclusive Buyer Agency Agreement with a qualified Realtor, so that your interests are represented. A Buyer's Agent will be working for you to get you the best price and terms possible, and all of your information and motivations will be kept confidential. Best of all, buyer representation is at no cost to you in Kansas and Missouri.
So, rather than driving around looking for homes, and calling several separate Realtors to view the ones you like - get your own Realtor first. Having a qualified professional on your side will save you time and money. Although buyer representation is "free", having someone to guide you through the process from start to finish is "priceless."
For more information about buying a home in the Kansas City Metro Area, call or email me any time. I stand ready to answer your questions and help to guide you through the process.