Tuesday Tips: Why a Buyer’s Agent is the Smart Choice

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Are you thinking about purchasing a home? Have you debated whether to try purchasing a house by yourself, use a buyers agent, or have you thought about just talking to the listing agent? Below are a couple key points to remember when you are deciding who you want to help you purchase your home. Free of Charge: Not many buyers realize that the Sellers of a property pay the buyers agent's commission. This means, you will not be paying your buyers agent, unless you have signed a contract with them that specifies a different way of compensation. Negotiating: We are experts at negotiating. I think buyers forget that Realtors are negotiating on a daily basis if they are a full time agent. Full time agents, like the Sue Prins Group, have been taking classes, practicing, and refining how to negotiate with listing agents as well as sellers (when dealing with a for sale by owner). This is so we are ready for any type of negotiating needed because price is not always the most important … [Read more...]

Finding the Right Home in a Buyer’s Market

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In Real Estate there are a variety of needs to be met. Whether we are working with an entrepreneurial investor, empty nesters looking to downsize, or completing a short sale, as real estate agents, we need to be conscious of all options for and motivations of our clients.  First time buyers fall into their own category and bring with them their own unique needs when it comes to real estate. Recently I had the pleasure of working with a young engaged couple on finding their first new home.  The phrase came to mind, "Home is where your story begins"....  and with the abundance of homes available in this buyer's market, this couple could choose any number of settings to host their fairytale. Choice is a good thing, but can be overwhelming. Offering a very personal approach and paying close attention to detail allows me to put things into perspective for each individual buyer.  In this case  I proposed the mindset of choosing a new home in much the way they chose each other..... … [Read more...]