Home Buyers, Still Haven't Found What You're Looking For?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747
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CompassHome Buyers, Still Haven't Found What You're Looking For?

The Internet has been a fantastic source of information for the home buying public. You can sit at the computer in your pj's, fuzzy bunny slippers, cup of java and search for that JUST RIGHT HOME without involving a REALTOR®.  And if you're just doing your initial search, just getting a general feel for what's out there, general prices it will take to get a similar home in an area that you like, this will work!

But once you want to start getting serious about your search, you want to get an experienced buyer's agent, a REALTOR® who can translate your needs and your wants into the best possible search for your next home.  Internet searching is fine at the most basic level, but you need a REALTOR® with full MLS searching capabilities to sort through the hundreds and hundreds of homes that are available for sale.

When you want to step beyond the basic vanilla 3 bedroom, 2 bath, located in Mason or Lebanon priced between $175,000 and $250,000, you need a REALTOR®.  We have full search capability to send you the closest matches for what you want.  That fireplace is a must have?  We can make sure you ONLY see homes that have one.  MUST have a walkout basement?  We can sort for that too!  Need a dining room with at least 12 foot width to hold that heirloom table?  We can get that detailed too!

We can save you valuable time finding your new home with those detailed searches!  And when you're ready to start physically visiting homes, well your buyer's agent can save you tons of time that way too!  When you find a couple of homes in the same development, what are the odds that BOTH listing agents are going to be available simultaneously?  Now expand that out to 10 homes scattered across a school district.  How many DAYS do you think it will take to coordinate all those visits with just you and the listing agents? 

With a buyer's agent they can all be scheduled back to back to back!  And depending on what we find BEFORE scheduling the showings, we MAY have some warnings against why some of those homes may expose you to extra risk that may not be in your best interest!

And you think the listing agent is going to want to give you the BEST possible deal?  Don't count on it!  Remember who the listing agent signed the contract with?  Was it you?  NO!  Signed with the sellers didn't they?  And what do the sellers want?  For YOU to pay as much as possible....maybe even TOO much!  And DON'T make the assumption that their commission is "up for grabs".  That's between the listing agent and the seller, and giving it to you?  Would you if the shoe was on the other foot?

Who does the buyer's agent work for?  YOU.  Their duty is to get YOU the BEST deal possible.  To help you avoid risky houses that hurt your best interests.  Help you avoid homes that will be difficult to sell later....because some of those "great deals" now will cost you big time when it's time to sell!

And if a resale home isn't what you want?  Well a buyer's agent is just as critical for getting that new construction home under contract!  Whether a market home, or a To Be Built home, remember...the builder's rep works for whom?  It's right there in their job title.  They want you to pay as much as possible, add as many options as possible, be the most expensive
home in the area.  Which is fine if that's what YOU want too and you've got enough money to not worry about resale years down the road....or forbid that you have to move unexpectedly WAY contractorsbefore you planned to.

And the other benefit of working with a buyer's agent?  Need a great mortgage person?  Check!  We've got 'em on our speed dial.  Need a home inspector?  Speed dial spot #2!  Contractors?  Spot #3!  Basically when you use a buyer's agent, you're gaining access to an entire TEAM of high performers, ALL with YOUR best interest in mind.

And you know what, if there's NOTHING on the market that fits your needs, we just may have a couple of "tricks" up our sleeves that might find that home for you.  Shhh....trade secret, you'll have to hire us to find out about how we do that!

So if you want to FIND what you're looking for, HIRE a REALTOR® to work for YOU!

The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite serves Warren County and just a bit beyond....so if you're thinking about buying a home, call the people that live here, work here, that know the pros and cons of each area.  You'll be happy you did!



Serving Warren County's residential real estate needs,
Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Jerry Newman
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Hi Bliz, At some point, buyers are going to need a more advanced search, and that's when it's time to hire an agent to assist them. You hit this one right on the head!

Mar 29, 2011 12:31 PM #9
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Cindy, U2 is perhaps my favorite group!  Most of our local search capabilities may not even let you separate by school district, so having an agent narrowing down the data is critical!  Bill

Dawn, Had never heard this version with The Boss before today :)

Steve, Surprising how many don't know the seller writes the check, not them.

Tish, Somedays we're hot! :)

Donne, The old question about if you could have just one album, stranded on a desert island....for me, it's U2 The Joshua Tree.  Don't even have to think about it.

Eric, The longer we're in the trade (assuming we keep ourselves updated), the more our knowledge is worth!

Jerry, Thanks!  Looking for fun is fine, but when ready to get serious, interview and find that right buyer's agent!

Mar 29, 2011 12:39 PM #10
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Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
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Everyone wants to be able to drill down to their target home choices...buyers in Warren OH (and slightly beyond) should call The Liz Spear Team to get assistance with their home buying searches and needs.

Mar 29, 2011 12:39 PM #11
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Anita, The benefit is with the right search parameters, we can cut that list of a 100 potentials down to less than 10, and maybe even tighter than that to the "perfect" home.  After that, seeing them in person is needed and they'll need an agent for that.

Mar 29, 2011 12:43 PM #12
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Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Bliz - Totally nailed it. The internet gets their whistle wet but we can narrow it down. I have a DPA client that I set up on listingbook and what a mistake. There are some minor/major things that the DPA will not allow that the average internet site will not be able to extract.

My client has 50 plus properties in their book and I have to break it to them I saw the 50 plus too but only 18 are valid for this program.

Great post.

Mar 29, 2011 01:24 PM #13
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Ken, Thanks!  I take it DPA is a Down Payment Assistance program?  I know Donne posts on that type of thing, looks like Cali has more prevalent programs that we do.

Mar 29, 2011 01:39 PM #14
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Liz and Bill, what a great explanation to the buyers.  Finding a home in today's market can be an easy task with the right agent.  In Warren County Ohio, the right agent is you two.  You nailed this post.

Mar 29, 2011 03:02 PM #15
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Kay, Thanks!  We try to find the right home for our buyers, and we don't press them to "just buy something already!"....even after 20 or 30 looks!  We need the fit to be right.  That said, once we've found "the one"....we do make sure they have the proper sense of urgency and don't wait to get that offer going.

Mar 29, 2011 03:05 PM #16
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This is an excellent post!  Suggested and I feel a reblog coming on....tomorrow....it's getting late!

Mar 29, 2011 03:57 PM #17
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Christine, Right up the EBA's alley?  :)  Glad to help out, and thanks for the suggest!

Mar 29, 2011 04:16 PM #18
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Great write up on why buyers need an agent. May I paraphase it and use it in my marketing?

Mar 29, 2011 05:41 PM #19
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Great stuff...  Didn't I already say I would use you???  :)

Mar 29, 2011 05:50 PM #20
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Maya, Please feel free!

Chris, Some days we get on a roll! :)

Mar 29, 2011 11:09 PM #21
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Valerie, Having ONE dedicated agent or team is critical to be successful.  And as a listing agent, unless you're going to give me loyalty, I have no incentive to take you as a buyer to that OTHER listing in the neighborhood you're interested in.  It's actually doing a disservice to my seller.  A buyer's agent will not have the conflict in responsibilities.

Mar 30, 2011 02:34 AM #23
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You guys are really setting a beautiful standard for blogging. The info is solid, the posts are visually attractive and the writing style is cool.

People should move to Ohio just to interact with you! Plus you have really big swimming pools which is really all anyone should be thinking about as far as amenities. That and a few good sushi bars.

Mar 30, 2011 02:37 AM #24
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Steve, We have sushi too!  With Cincinnati's centrally location in the U.S., quite a few Japanese companies have set up shop in the area, e.g. Georgetown, KY has a huge Toyota plants.  With that, plenty of support companies.  With all of that comes a demand for good sushi! :)

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Great post, easily understood.  And I agree with Steve #24 about setting a great standard for blogging. 

Apr 09, 2011 03:24 AM #26
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Lynda, Thanks!  Much appreciated :)

Apr 09, 2011 03:56 AM #27
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This is a great post to help buyers understand what a buyer's agent does! 

Apr 20, 2011 08:48 AM #28
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Sharon, All too often I don't think buyer's know how things work with agents.  Always a little anxious when a new prospect says they're not working with an agent "any more".  You always wonder what happened!

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