FAQ: Do I need a Buyer's Agent to buy property in Door County, WI?

Real Estate Agent with The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)

FAQ for Door County Real Estate:  Do I need a Buyer Agent to buy property in Door County, Wisconsin? 

Short answer:  No, you do not.  You can work with the agent of the Seller, but that means the Seller is representing his or her client--you will be respresented as a "customer".

Long answer:  A Buyer Agent works for YOU under an exclusive agency contract.  Sometimes, signing a contract prior to a sales contract can make a Buyer nervous.  However, a BUYER AGENT signs that contract to REPRESENT YOU and to work in your BEST INTEREST to procure a Door County property---a home, condominium or vacant land.

Although many brokers can represent buyers, not all are Accredited Buyer Representatives.

Door County MapeInterested in buying Door County real estate?  I AM an Accredited Buyer Representative (an "ABR") working full time in Door County, a Door County Buyer's Agent.  I have assisted hundreds of buyers in fulfilling their Door County dreams.  Ask for past client referrals. You can find them, as well as detailed information on Door County real estate for sale, on our site at http://www.door-county-properties.com

The Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation as established by the real estate industry. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council ("REBAC") of the National Association of REALTORS® who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria.

Buyers who hire an ABR via a contract between the Buyer and the Broker receive personalized agent representation throughout the home-buying process that strives to ensure a fair and ethical transaction.  Buyers technically have an advantage when using an ABR, because the buyer's representative seeks to protect the home buyer, not the seller. An ABR also helps the buyer by researching homes available on the market, suggesting a realistic offer price and assisting with the negotiations process.

The main question should not be "Should I use a Door County Buyer Agent to purchase a Door County property" but probably "Are there any good reasons that I should NOT use a Door County Buyer Agent to look out for my best interests in purchasing real estate in Door County?

Working with a Buyer Agent for your Door County real estate purchase is a very important part of procuring the right property at the right price.

Frequently asked:  Do I need a Door County Buyer Agent?  Short answer:  if you're considerting making one of the most important investments in your life, ask your Broker about Accredited Buyer Represenation.  Contact me to assist as your Door County Buyer Agent.

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Thank you for reading this Door County real estate blog!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and her passion is working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, a mother and a stepmother, loves dogs and serves as a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  MaryKay represents listings throughout the Door County peninsula and also represents many Buyers annually that want to purchase the perfect property to make Door County a part of their lives.  CONTACT MARYKAY ABOUT YOUR DOOR COUNTY PROPERTY QUESTIONS TODAY.

MaryKay Shumway has been an extremely consistent multi-million dollar MLS producer for over twenty years, as well as the top producing broker for The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. since she joined the firm in late 2015.  Representing both listing clients and buyer clients and cusomters full time, MaryKay is extremely active in the Door County community with nonprofit groups, the Door County Board of Realtors and in local governmental affairs.  A member of the Door County Board of Realtors Honors Society from 2005-2021 and now recipient of Excellence in Professionalism honors since 2022, she is a former Door County Realtor of the Year, a former member of The Real Estate Group's Chairman's Circle from 2010-2015, and a former member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society for 2014 & 15.  She has served as President and President-Elect of the Door County Board of Realtors.  MaryKay is a top MLS producer and has held the position of top producer at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. since 2016.

Contact MaryKay today.  "As a multi-million dollar producer and senior associate at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency selling Door County real estate, I focus my balance on both  featured listings in Door County and representing Buyer Clients looking for the perfect Door County Property.  I turn Door County vacations into Door County traditions by helping you own your own Door County real estate, and I represent exceptional properties in all price points on the Bay of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, and all inland lakes and properties in between. Local experience with GLOBAL connections.  Call, text or e-mail me today."

Comments (2)

Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

A good question asked and answered...Now, just MaryKay right away

Jan 24, 2014 11:07 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The price is the same, why work with the other party's agent when you can have your own?

Jan 28, 2014 08:39 AM