Benefits of Working with a Buyer’s Agent: Part Two
In our last post we discussed the high-level benefits of working with a Buyer’s Agent. In this post, we are going to show you step-by-step how The Dawn Griffin Group simplifies the home buying process for you.
Home Buyer’s Consultation
We use the buyer’s consultation to really get to know you. Your wants. Your needs. Your timeline. We’ll ask the right questions to determine what you are looking for and what areas you are most interested in. Is a short commute important? Do you want a walkable neighborhood? Do you need to be near a certain school? During this meeting we help you figure out your buying power and introduce you to our trusted partners. We outline the search process, explain the contract and set the right expectations.
Once we’ve completed an assessment, we can use the full power of the MLS to help you find options. We can provide up-to-the-minute custom searches to identify available homes that meet your criteria. We will be able to notify you of homes before they come on the market. As we look at homes together, your buyer’s agent will continue to listen to your needs and provide any counsel to help you determine which home is the right decision for you. Our agents save you time and reduce your stress level.
Negotiating the Offer
This is where we can truly offer peace of mind. The Residential Sale Contract is a legally binding 8 page document filled with fine print and a number of caveats. We know this document backwards and forwards. Using our contract and market knowledge, we will negotiate the best price and terms for you.
Contract to Close
Our team has a dedicated Contract-to-Close Specialist. Once accepted, we’ll help you manage the paperwork and schedule in order to close successfully without any surprises. It’s a great benefit to have a trained professional by your side to handle the details, help answer any questions you might have and follow up with all the parties involved to make sure everyone meets their deadlines. Over the years, we’ve developed good working relationships with home inspectors, mortgage lenders, title companies, and other professional and legal advisers. We know from experience which ones have delivered on time consistently and which ones have fallen short. We’ll help you find the right professionals to ensure a smooth process.
Your buyer’s agent has a legal and ethical responsibility to represent your best interest at all times. Some of the duties required of your agent: loyalty to you, promoting your best interests, disclosing known material facts, maintaining confidential information, and accounting for any money they handle in the transaction. If your agent knows something about the seller that might influence your decision to buy or not or to alter your offering price, they have a duty to disclose that to you subject to federal and fair housing laws. In short, it’s nice to know that someone has your back when you’re in the trenches of buying a home.
Post Closing Follow Up
Our relationship does not end at the closing table. It is our goal to be your trusted advisors throughout your tenure in the home. We will always be available to answer questions, provide contractor referrals, remind you of home maintenance and help you prepare for sale when you are ready to make a new transition.
One of the things we enjoy most about working with buyers is the friendships and relationships that are formed. Many of our clients are repeat customers who work with us when buying their next home. We regularly meet with prospective buyers for a FREE buyer consultation. We hope that if you ever need help buying real estate in the future, or if you know anyone that needs help, you’ll give us a call.