Please be gentle, this is my first time

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          After lurking on many sites, including this one, reading the witty, informative and talented blogs that appear and sitting in awe of the skill of these writers, I have finally been talked into starting my own blog.

          I wrestled with what the subject should be of my first blog for a couple of weeks, then one conversation with my wife popped the idea light above my head on. While we were talking about real estate one evening (while watching HGTV), the conversation turned to buyer’s agents and she asked me the question many ask, “how much does a buyer’s agent usually charge a buyer?”  I thought about it a bit and told her a buyer’s agent does much more than just drive someone around and show houses, they also:

·        Inform you about every step of the buying process, explaining each in detail so you know what to expect.

·        Guide you in finding a home that you not only want, but can afford.

·        Guide you through the mortgage process, helping you with whoever you choose to get your mortgage through and following up often to make sure things are getting done.

·        Have access to the MLS system and listings for every home on the market. Giving you the ability to see what is out there and narrow down your search to find that perfect house for you.

·        Are expert negotiators and will many, many times, get you a better deal on that house than if you were to try to negotiate on your own.

·        Prepares and presents your offer to the seller and the seller’s agent, not to mention all counter offers.

·        Makes sure all paperwork is complete and gotten in on time so there is no delays.

·        Holds your hand through the entire process and makes sure you do not sign anything you do not understand. Answers all of your questions and also acts as a sounding board for you as well as someone to shares your joys and frustrations.

·        Many other things depending on the transaction, each is unique in their own way.

Want to know the best part of this? A great majority of the time, the buyer’s agent does all of this for the buyer and it costs the buyer nothing! Most of the time, the buyer’s agent’s commission comes from the contract that the seller signed with their representing agent and from the proceeds from the sale of the house.

Knowing this, and knowing what they do, why would a buyer want to make a go out of figuring out the ever-changing laws, paperwork and subtleties of a transaction without having a buyer’s agent representing them and only them, acting in only their best interest?

 

 

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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
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Welcome to ActiveRain, and congrats on your First Blog, Ron!

 

 

Jul 29, 2011 01:25 PM #1
Rainer
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Karen Burket
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Great catchy title, Ron!  Welcome to the Rain!  :-)  

Jul 29, 2011 01:25 PM #2
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Ron Fowler
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Fred and Karen, thank you for the welcome, I'm noticing it's a warm Rain ;)

Jul 29, 2011 01:31 PM #3
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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Welcome, welcome!  Look forward to hearing more from you!  Good first post!

Jul 29, 2011 01:31 PM #4
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Anthony Gilbert
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Hi Ron... Wow.. now THAT'S a coincidence! Would you believe that I was JUST on the SWS forum reading one of your posts??

Anyway... welcome to ActiveRain! I recently started as well - it can be a tad consuming at first.

Jul 29, 2011 01:34 PM #5
Rainer
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Ron Fowler
Fowler Copywriting - Vancouver, WA

Susan - Thank you very much!

Anthony - I love SWS and that way of doing business. Thank you for the comment and the welcome!

 

Jul 29, 2011 01:39 PM #6
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Ron... this is a really cute headline... very ingenious.  Great blog post.  And... Welcome to Active Rain.  I am glad you're here !

Jul 29, 2011 04:37 PM #7
Rainer
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Ron Fowler
Fowler Copywriting - Vancouver, WA

Karen - thank you for the compliments and the welcome :)

Jul 29, 2011 05:12 PM #8
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John Pusa
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Ron - Welcome to Active Rain community, and congratulation on your first blog. I look forward reading your blogs, wishing you all the best.

Jul 29, 2011 05:14 PM #9
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Ron Fowler
Fowler Copywriting - Vancouver, WA

John - Thank you. It took two weeks to get this one out, hopefully the next one will be a little quicker *chuckles*

Jul 29, 2011 05:17 PM #10
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Aida Pinto
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Hi Ron...welcome to the Rain.  I know that you'll have fun blogging...I have...before active rain I had never bloged and was fearful writing my first blog....like you...I just read other's blogs and one day just went for it!  Keep up the good work!

 

Sep 11, 2011 06:30 PM #11
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Ron Fowler
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Aida, thank you for reading and all of the kind words.

Sep 12, 2011 10:00 AM #12
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Don Sabinske
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Ron, I am sorry I didn't welcome you to the Rain earlier.  You have quite a list of to-dos there.  I will follow along and thanks for your comment.

Sep 23, 2011 02:31 PM #13
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