Selling your home in Rock Hill or buying a home in Fort Mill SC? Here is why you should consider using a top agent.
Buying a York County SC Home - Work with a certified buyer agent
Should I use an agent for a new home?
Yes, however buyers should be aware of the differences inherent in working with sales agents who are employed by the developer, rather than traditional real estate agents. The certified buyer agents at Homes in the Piedmont are experienced and qualified to represent YOU. Builders commonly require that an outside agent be present, and sign in, the first time a prospective purchaser visits a site before payment of commission even is discussed. At times when buyers use an advertisement to find the development themselves first, builders can refuse to pay any commission regardless of how helpful an agent may become later in the process. It is advisable to call the development first and inquire about their policy on compensating real estate agents if you are using one.
How do I find a real estate agent?
We provide references from prior clients. Just ask. We work full-time and have several years of experience. If you are a seller, we provide a
comparative market analysis, which includes recent home sale prices in your
area, and we offer you advice about staging, updating and how to get ready for market.
What about a buyer's agent?
In SC many choose to be represented. In most transactions buyer commission in paid by the sellers.
More and more buyers are going a step further, hiring and paying for their own
agent, referred to as buyers brokers.
How do you find a good agent?
Getting a recommendation from a friend or work colleague is an
excellent way to find a good agent, whether you are a buyer or a seller. Be sure
to ask if they would use the agent again. You also can call the managers of
reputable real estate firms and ask them for recommendations of agents who have
worked in your neighborhood.
A good agent typically works full-time and has several years of experience at minimum. If you are a buyer, you don't usually pay for your agent's services (in the form of a commission, or percentage of the sales price of the home). All agents in a transaction usually are paid by the seller from the sales proceeds. In many states, this means that your agent legally is acting as a subagent of the seller. But in some states, it's legal for an agent to represent the buyers exclusively in the transaction and be paid a commission by the sellers. You also can hire and pay for your own agent, known as buyer's brokers, whose legal obligation is exclusively to you. If you are a seller, you should interview at least three agents, all of whom should make a sales presentation including a comparative market analysis of local home prices in your area. The best choice isn't always the agent with the highest asking price for your home. Be sure to evaluate all aspects of the agent's marketing plan and how well you think you can work with the individual.
How much does my real estate agent need to know?
Real estate agents
would say that the more you tell them, the better they can negotiate on your
behalf. However, the degree of trust you have with an agent may depend upon
their legal obligation. Agents working for buyers have three possible choices:
They can represent the buyer exclusively, called single agency, or represent the
seller exclusively, called sub- agency, or represent both the buyer and seller
in a dual-agency situation. Some states require agents to disclose all possible
agency relationships before they enter into a residential real estate
transaction. Here is a summary of the three basic types:
* In a traditional relationship, real estate agents and brokers have a fiduciary relationship to the seller. Be aware that the seller pays the commission of both brokers, not just the one who lists and shows the property, but also to the sub- broker, who brings the ready, willing and able buyer to the table.
* Dual agency exists if two agents working for the same broker represent the buyer and seller in a transaction. A potential conflict of interest is created if the listing agent has advance knowledge of another buyer's offer. Therefore, the law states that a dual agent shall not disclose to the buyer that the seller will accept less than the list price, or disclose to the seller that the buyer will pay more than the offer price, without express written permission.
* A buyer also can hire his or her own agent who will represent the buyer's interests exclusively. A buyer's agent usually must be paid out of the buyer's own pocket but the buyer can trust them with financial information, knowing it will not be transmitted to the other broker and ultimately to the seller.