What Does a Massachusetts Buyer Agent Do?

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You should know that not all Massachusetts real estate agents are created equal.  There are agents who specialize in listing homes and there are the fewer select agents who specialize in representing home buyers.  And, in between, there are Realtors® who do a mixture of both. 


Obviously, your home buying needs are not going to be served by the agent whose sole specialty is listing and selling homes.   A Massachusetts Buyer Agent is dedicated to serving the needs of someone who is buying a home and, as such, has had the training and experience necessary to cover every aspect of the home buying transaction with emphasis on representing you, the home buyer.  A Massachusetts Buyer Agent’s duties should include the following:


  •  Assist you in finding the best mortgage loan provider for your needs
  •  Prepare a thorough property value study of the property you are interested in
  • Represent you on all kinds of properties, including for-sale-by-owners
  •  Promote and protect your interests at all times
  •  Advise you, the home buyer, on the quality of the home, even pointing out reasons not to buy
  • Research the property’s history, neighborhoods and abutting land
  • Negotiate a price and terms that are favorable to you
  • Seek out and provide inside information to enhance your bargaining capability
  • Withhold private information about you and your financial situation


A Massachusetts Buyer Agent works for you.  As such, one is duty-bound to research and discover anything that may affect your home purchase.  


A Buyer Agent has a fiduciary responsibility, just as an attorney does.  Your private information must remain so and your position needs to be protected at all times.  This is part and parcel of home buyer advocacy. 


Finding the right home to suit your needs is an important part of the process but once the property has been located, there is much more ahead. Following the negotiation and acceptance of your offer, these further steps need to be attended to: 


  • Recommend a through and reputable home inspector who will work for you
  • Attend the home inspection
  • Renegotiate for problems uncovered by the home inspection
  • Recommend a good real estate attorney
  • Work in conjunction with the attorney during the purchase and sale process
  • Set up and conduct a final and thorough walk-through of the property
  • Renegotiate if there is anything wrong with the property at the time of walk-through
  • Attend and monitor the closing

This is an incomplete list of duties since unforeseen circumstances frequently arise at the last minute and it is your Massachusetts Buyer Agent's obligation to make sure that all loose ends are tied up to ensure that you have a successful and smooth closing. 

As a buyer agent, the goal is not to sell you a home, but rather to provide a valuable consultation service to help you search for, find and successfully procure the best home for your needs.


So, if you are buying a home - definitely don't go it alone! 


 Copyright 2012 "What Does a Massachusetts Buyer Agent Do?"

  This post was written by   

Claudette Millette, Broker, Owner, The Buyers' Counsel - (508) 881-6230  

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Comments (7)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Claudette.....hope all is well in Ashland....if anyone is thinking about buying a home in Metrowest MA that person would be wise to call Claudette Millette as their buyer's agent.... you know what a MA buyer's agent does and YOU DO IT... suggested..

Mar 19, 2012 03:46 AM
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Hi Claudette...I had a funny conversation with an agent about a past client, he was telling me a story about his buyer. I stopped him and said - the confidentiality agreement doesn't end after the sale - you shouldn't be telling me this. This agent was surprised, it's no wonder not everyone understands the client fiduciary relationship agreement. It's a good reminder, that not everyone is a great buyers representative - like you Claudette. Hope all is well. Steve.

Mar 19, 2012 05:06 AM
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Hi Barbara:

All is well in Ashland and thank you for that endorsement.


It is true that people do not understand that about the confidentiality.  That is why I liken it to an attorney's responsibility.  It never dies.


Mar 19, 2012 05:17 AM


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Sep 13, 2020 02:12 AM
Stewart Kimmons

great agent! I have been touch with here some time and she is really good at it !

Jun 14, 2021 05:34 PM
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