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Frequently Asked Questions about Buying Your Next Home
Why work with a Buyer's Agent?
Great Buyer’s Agents do more than just show you houses…any real estate agent with a license and an MLS membership will be able to accomplish that. However, NextHome agent will be an expert on the home buying process, knowledgeable of our local communities, familiar with our local real estate agents, highly responsive to your needs, available to assist you through an evaluation of available inventory, and a skilled negotiator ready to recommend the best steps to take in order to successfully purchase your NextHome…there’s so much they will assist you with while also being at your disposal for any questions or concerns.
What services will a buyer's agent provide?
- Finding the right property – After assisting you with an evaluation of your property preferences, factoring in price range based on your financial pre-qualifications, a buyer’s agent will provide recommendations of property types, neighborhoods and communities that may best fit your search criteria.
- Negotiate the offer – A buyer’s agent will also advise clients on an appropriate price to offer, based on a full evaluation of the property’s condition and disclosure records, and present it to the seller’s agent.
- Recommend other professionals – Many times a buyer’s agent acts more like a project manager. A huge value add from their service and experience is access to their preferred services networks which consist of reliable mortgage lenders, home inspectors, contractors, tradesmen, movers, and more.
- Help overcome setbacks – Although a good buyer’s agent will be able to help foresee many issues before they occur, no endeavor goes without its speed bumps…so, when repair issues from a home inspector’s report or appraisal issues are caught by your lender, a buyer’s agent will advise you on how to proceed, and then act as a buffer between you and the sellers or their agent.
What's the difference between a buyer's agent and a listing agent?
What will it cost to work with a Buyer's Agent?
However, once in a while our agents may show homes that are either not yet on the market, or that are represented by sellers that do not pay cooperating agent commissions. In these special circumstances, a homebuyer may be required to pay a Buyer’s Agent for their services should their contract require it. But these situations are very limited, and most likely your Buyer’s Agent will receive their compensation directly from the seller at closing.
So the real question is what will it cost you NOT to work with a buyer’s agent?
Should I buy or rent a home in Silicon Valley?
How do I purchase a home in Silicon Valley?
At NextHome, we understand these challenges as our agents are local residents as well. Our services aim to strip the overwhelm from the process in order to deliver a clear strategy supported by real local knowledge and expertise. Whether our clients face restrictive budgets, commute times, or desire specific school districts, our agents are prepared and passionate about meeting your specific goals.