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Questions about Buyer’s Agents?

Q:  How much will it cost me to hire a Buyer’s Agent?
A:  A Buyer’s Agent’s services are almost always, FREE to the Buyer. Although the Agent will be Representing the Buyer, the Buyer Agent’s Fee is usually paid by the Builder or Seller through co-operation with the Seller or the Seller’s Agent.

Q:  Can any real estate agent be a Buyer's Agent?
A: Yes, any licensed real estate agent in British Columbia may act as a Buyer's Agent. However, before you hire an agent, check the experience that the agent has in buyer agency transactions.

Q: The last time I bought a home I believe that my agent really looked out for me. Why would anything be different today?
A: In the past, there was a lot of bending of the rules. Agents believed that they had to take some risks in order to obtain referrals and future business from you. In today's litigious environment, however, real estate agents are much more cautious. The only way to get an agent truly on your side is to sign them up as YOUR Buyer's Agent.

Q:  If this is so good for the consumer, Why aren't all real estate agencies offering Buyer Agency?
A: Companies across North America are changing their methods of doing business to accommodate the increasing interest in Buyer Agency. However, buyers need to be cautioned that many agents have not been properly prepared and that buyers should check for the experience and industry designations of the agent before signing a contract with the agent.

Q:  Won't I get a better deal if I buy directly from the listing agent?
A: NO. The listing agent owes his or her loyalty to the seller and cannot legally help you get a better deal. So, if it was a “distress” type of situation they would be Legally and Ethically bound to NOT reveal that urgency to YOU! They could lose their real estate license and any commission earned from the transaction, by doing so. They can’t even “suggest” what price to offer the seller, as that would be a breach of their fiduciary duty to the seller.

Your Buyer’s Agent, on the other hand, CAN and SHOULD, TRY to get as much information about the reasons for the sale as possible and use that information to Your Advantage! This alone can save thousands at the negotiating table..

Some Buyers believe that the listing agent should be willing to take a lower commission because he or she does not have to share with another agent... But what they fail to consider, is that the listing agent will have twice the amount of work, (not to mention - double the liability), if there is not another agent involved in the transaction. So why would they be willing to give up any portion of their commission?

Q:  What other differences can I expect from a Buyer's Agent?
A: When you hire a buyer's agent, the entire home finding process should change. Rather than trying to sell you on the good points of the properties you are looking at, a buyer's agent will help you discover all the negatives of the home. A buyer's agent should also prepare a contract that offers the buyer the best possible terms and conditions as well as dates for completion and possession that favor the buyer. A buyer's agent will also look more diligently for a home for you and should open up additional home finding possibilities for you, such as For-Sale-by-Owner properties and properties not currently on the market. A buyer's agent will protect your interests should any problems arise during home inspections and will negotiate in your best interests any time there is a need to re-open contract negotiations.

Q:  Can my agent list my home and also be my Buyer’s Agent?
A: Some buyer agents work with both buyers and sellers and those who do not list homes will usually refer you to an agent to help you market your home. Be certain, however, that if the same agent lists your home and helps you find another, that you have signed a Buyer Agency agreement with the agent and that you have checked to make sure that the agent is proficient in handling both.


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