You already know that in most cases a Buyer's Agent won't cost you any money. You get the fact that they have much more knowledge on the market based on their day-to-day activities. Here are five examples of ways I can save a client time, money or stress during a transaction.
1. The Open House Press!: Did you ever wonder why hosting Agents pay more attention to certain OH attendees and not others. Usually the ones that they follow around asking questions and making conversation with are the ones that checked the "not working with Realtor" box. My clients get a stack of business cards to hand out as they go to OH's assuring them the opportunity to look at the house without being bothered or getting the hard sell.
2. Chasing the paper while you work: Just last week I spent a good 2 1/2 hours chasing around a form that needed to be signed for my Buyer's mortgage company. The date to have the mortgage commitment letter was fast approaching and this had to be done that day. The Seller's were at work and the Listing Agent wouldn't be able to get to them before the end of business. Fortunately, I have invested in a system that allows me to send the form to all parties and have it signed electronically. The Sellers were able to access and sign at their place of business and so were my Buyers. It took longer for the Lender to get me the form than it took to have it signed by everyone and sent back.
3. Network of Professionals: You will need access to many different people within a normal transaction. I always encourage my clients to use the people that they are comfortable with whenever possible. For the times that you don't have a friend or family member to call on, I have a list of trusted professionals that I know will give the quality of customer service that I expect for my clients.
4. Catching the red flags before wasting your time: We will design a profile for your property that will be used to weed through the endless inventory to get to "YOUR MARKET". If the listing sheet is incomplete, I will call the Listing Agent to go over our needs before setting up a showing or having you go to an open house. You should not have to look at 20+ houses before finding one that meets your needs.
5. Simple Site Approach: If you are reading this you are at my blog site. MassRealEstateHunter.com. I keep this separate from my search site on purpose. This is where I will share my expertise and opinion to give you an idea on how I like to work and approach different aspects of buying and selling property. My search site, MassReal-E-Site.com is for 3 things. 1. searching, saving and setting up alerts on properties, 2. Requesting help pricing your home to sell and 3. getting community reports on any city/town in Massachusetts including school rankings. That's it!! All information is pulled directly from the MLS and is updated daily as properties come on and go off the market.