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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Why the listing agent is not the real estate agent buyers should call... ever.

The short answer - because the name on the sign out front is the seller's agent.  There are many potential mistakes a home buyer can make along the way to buying a home and key among these is not getting their own real estate agent.

Regardless of what the marketing material says ("call the listing agent for the latest information on this property.....") the listing agent works for their client - the seller.

As a home buyer the road to home ownership begins with your own representation.   In Florida there is no such thing as dual representation.  A real estate agent can not represent both sides.

It costs nothing for a home buyer to have their own representation as the buyer's real estate agent is paid by the seller.   This concept is one many first time buyers do not understand.

At what point should a prospective home buyer get their own their real estate agent?    Buying a home is not like going to the car lot where you can pick out a new car and drive it home tonight.  It takes time.

I recommend home buyers establish a relationship with their real estate agent about six to nine months before they intend to buy a home.   This gives time to watch the market.  This gives plenty of time to investigate neighborhoods and schools.  It allows time to be educated on the process.

One last point on getting your own real estate agent..... stick to one agent. 

Your own real estate agent will understand your needs and budget  (not the approved amount), be able to provide a single contact point for your search as well as answer questions and, more importantly, can guide you through the entire home purchase process
If you thinking about buying a home in Viera, Florida, call me at 321-693-3850.    I will gladly send you listings and answer your questions... and not become a nuisance!

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