As a home buyer you have the right to representation. Listing brokers have a legal responsibility to protect the interests of their client, the sellers. They must treat all non-clients honestly, but they must promote the best interests of the seller before any others. As a home buyer, you should have the same level of service and protection from your own real estate professional.

Questions When Hiring A Buyer Agent

Consider your needs when determining whether to hire a buyer agent or not. For example:

Additionally, buyer agents are responsible for a variety of items that can positively shape your home buying experience including:

Buyer agents are a great help when it comes time to closing and negotiating deals with the seller and their agent.

If you’re wondering how agents are paid, the seller usually works with a listing agent to determine how much compensation to offer their listing agent and the eventual buyer’s agent. The seller takes this compensation into account when determining the list price of the home. Both agents are then compensated by the seller at closing. According to The Columbus Dispatch,
“In central Ohio, a 6 percent commission, divided between the buyer’s and seller’s agents, is common, although the fee can sometimes be negotiated.”

Going through these questions and thoughts will help you better analyze buyer agent’s available and select an agent that best suits your preferences.

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