Back to Basics: Costa Mesa Buyer’s Agent or Go Solo?

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      If this May will find you looking for a home to call your own, you won’t be alone—it’s prime season for Costa Mesa house-hunting. In case it’s been a while since your last go-round (or if this will be your first), it’s relevant to review some of the basics. That includes one of the most basic basics: if and/or when to enlist the services of one of Costa Mesa’s buyer’s agents.

      You might think that, with home prices having risen steadily for some time, prospective Costa Mesa home buyers might prefer to go it alone as a cost-cutting maneuver. After all, the homes for sale are all right there online, aren’t they?

      But that’s not the people’s choice. The latest (2018) statistics tell us that 87% of those who bought a home did so through a real estate agent or broker. The cost factor winds up tilting in the agent’s favor because, except in extremely rare cases, buyers do not pay a commission at all! It’s part of the Multiple Listing Service agreement that mandates fees and commissions be paid from the seller's proceeds.

     For what amounts to a free service, house-hunters who work with a buyer’s agent gain the professional insights of a licensed veteran in the Costa Mesa market. Signing up with a buyer’s agent legally obligates the agent to work toward getting the client the best deal possible. When buyers go it alone, relying on the homeowner’s agent to handle the details, they are entrusting an agent who is obligated to work for the best interests of the other party—hardly an ideal situation.

     Once you are represented by a buyer’s agent, you are immediately relieved of the tricky business of discussing financial matters with a seller or the seller’s agent. That’s not just the professional way to proceed—it’s also the likeliest path to getting the home you want on the terms you want.

     Finding an experienced Costa Mesa buyer’s agent–one you feel comfortable working with– is well worth the effort. But it doesn’t have to take much of that, either: just give us a call!


 We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s L3 mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, L3 has grown to a full staff of 20 serving over 300 clients a year. L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at


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