Post # 1
My fiancee and I are currently looking for a home but he (FI) insists that he can buy without an agent. I guess he thinks he can negotiate better if there’s no commision to deal with.
Any of you bees that did without? Any home buying recs?
Post # 3
YES YES YES…they do all the work for you – weed out all of the waste-of-time-properties, know the process inside and out, and can (hopefully) take the stress out of it for you.
Post # 4
YES you need an agent… you will be missing out on so much that’s out there if you don’t, buying a house is A LOT OF WORK and can be confusing, also you don’t pay the agent- they do. and people who are selling should expect that. Your agent will be able to help you make well-researched offers and deal with other agents because thats all they do.
Post # 5
I don’t know. My agent/ realtor gave me a lot of very useful information. I don’t know if I would feel comfortable doing it on my own. She informed me of short sales, gave me the step by step process of buying a home. She told me of home loans that I might qualify for.
Also, remember there’s the buyers agent and the sellers agent. He would have to deal with the seller’s agent, too. Does he feel confident enough to deal with another agent. I would be afraid of the seller’s agent trying to take advantage of you guys because you don’t have an agent.
I know in my state of Washington, the agent that works for me only get’s paid when I buy a house with her. She doesn’t get paid when I’m just looking for houses. So for her, she was looking for houses with us, without actually getting paid.
Post # 6
Well its not about the price, its about the process. Do you know how to negtiate without pissing them off (to put it bluntly) so they decide you wont be the buyers at all? Do you know how to write in the proper contingencies? Do you know all the steps to buying? The recommended inspections etc? The right people do to all these so you know you get an honest inspection and appraisal?
If you are confident in all of that… then you dont need one. But also dont forget agents know the inside scoop. Which houses have negotiable price, which ones dont.
Also, you pay your agent, not the people you buy from (unless you negotiate that which you can) so you only save on your side. The other people likely have an agent and they have to pay that so you dont save that money. It may not be worth the effort.
Post # 7
Dont forget that you can fire agents. If they arent doing what you need, you can find a new one.
Post # 9
Ask around for agents your friends/family used that were trustworthy and went to bat for them….there are a lot of crappy realtors out there but there are a ton of good ones too – good luck!
Post # 10
Do you have access to the Multiple Listing Service?
Also, what lefeymx said.
Post # 11
Get an agent. They know the process inside and out, know how to draft all of the legal language aspects of an offer, have access to listings that you likely don’t, etc.
Obviously you can start looking at options and getting ideas without one, but when it comes time to get serious, get an agent.
ETA: A seller will probably take you more seriously if you have an agent too (I know I would).
Post # 12
Thanks for the replies ladies. We decided to get an agent, you all make excellent points. 🙂
Post # 13
I don’t think we could have found our house without an agent. We were first time buyers, so she took care of everything for us, and we were really able to trust her. Plus we ended up getting a rebate through the company for buying through them (you basically get a part of the commission that the agent would normally get). Zip realty. Like I said, our agent was amazing, i would highly recommend her to people looking in my area.
Now I may attempt to sell on our own, it seems easier and less complicated, and I’d love to save the commission. I have 2 friends who are going to be doing it next year, and since we don’t plan on selling for a few years, I will talk with them to see how they did it.