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As A First Time Home Buyer Should I Hire A Buyer's Broker?

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Because you have never purchased a home before it is wise to have your own representation when purchasing your home.

Even those who have bought and sold many homes have utilized buyer broker’s over the years. The reason is simple in most cases.

They get better representation and it usually costs them nothingas the "Seller" normally pays the commission at closingand there are no out of pocket expenses on the buyer’s partfor broker representationin most cases.

The buyer’s broker is only required to represent the interest of the home buyer.

The buyer’s broker is not required to disclose certain facts to the homeowner or their representative, therefore improving your chance of getting the home for a better price.

As a potential home purchaser you can enter into a buyer brokerage agreement with a real estate agent.

Agents utilize a lot of time and professionalism in the home purchase processand the top agents want to know that they will be paid for their effortsand that is why they enter into buyer brokerage agreements with potential home buyers.

If you as a homeowner feel that you are not getting the best representation from your agentit is best to contact the agents brokerand if that is unsuccessfulask the agent to release you from the agreement (in many cases there is a time limit after release in which buyer’s broker will still receive a commission so be sure you know that time frame prior to selecting another agent after you are released).

By utilizing a buyer’s broker you can avoid problems that you could potentially run into by using a Transactional Brokeror a Listing Brokerwho primarily has the seller’s interest at heart.

As mentioned earlier the brokerage fees are paid by the seller as part of the closing costs, so it is really in your best interest to utilize Buyer Brokerage servicesand ensure that you as a buyerare adequately represented.

To help reduce the confusion and seemingly overwhelming task of purchasing a homea buyer's broker can be invaluable.

An experienced buyer's broker can take you through the entire process smoothly.

Even so it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the home buying process to further grasp the terms, procedures, and options that you may face in your home search.

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Assuming that you are in a good "cash flow position" one of the first steps that you should takeis to pull your credit report and obtain your credit score.

If they are satisfactory you may then be in position to meet with a loan officer and/or sign a buyer's brokerage agreement.

Be sure you have a six month emergency fund and/or other compensating factors in placeand you have acceptable debt ratiosprior to purchasing your home.

It is also a good idea to review this site extensively (and other home buyer sites and/or attend seminars).

Once you have a fair understanding of the home buying processyou may want to contact a loan officeror several to get pre-approvedto improve your bargaining power.

If you are "pre-approved" as opposed to "pre-qualified" you have more negotiating leverage when your "buyer's broker" submits the offer contract to the listing broker.

With the assistance of the buyer's broker and loan officeryou should know the price range and other factorssuch as location, size, style, age, school district etceterathat you desire in your home purchase.

With the internet so prevalent today you can assist your buyer's broker by browsing real estate listings, either online, in local papers and magazines and by driving the neighborhood with the assistance and direction of your buyer's broker.

Purchasing a home is a major legal transaction!

Because purchasing a home is a major legal transaction, and there is a lot in a purchase that a first-time home buyer is often unaware of, selecting a highly competent real estate agent to represent you is the best way of reducing stress and the fears of the unknown.

You can also reduce your stress by reviewing this site and/or a taking a home buyer education course to further prepare yourself for the home purchase processand your subsequent home purchase.

Whether buying or selling your home, it is imperative that you choose a qualified agent whose training and experience is specific to your needs.

From Buyer's Brokerage agreement to closingbe sure to get the representation that you needand that you deserve and expectby utilizing the expertise of a highly competent buyer's broker.

Again a buyer’s broker is dedicated to protecting you the buyer, as well as assisting in negotiating the deal.

If you are looking for a reliable and dedicated buyer representative agent in the Atlanta area complete the box below and you will be referred to top agents in the Atlanta area.

If you are considering the South Metro area of Atlantabe sure to visit our companion website to learn more about the Greater Atlanta Real Estate Market—and learn other ways that you can strengthen your buying (or selling) position!

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Thomas (TJ) Underwood has been providing financial advice as a tax practitioner since the mid 1980’s and began his financial planning career (while earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Finance/Marketing), in Detroit at Wayne State University.  From 2010 up to the present he continues to provide visitors timely personal finance and wealth building advice and articles—including real estate advice—on 3 sites that he has created since 2010. 

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