1) First and foremost is HONESTY…yes, you heard me right, HONESTY still exists. I was born in the old land ..Spain, and have those old school morals. My handshake is stronger than any contract. All of my clients have become my friends. I want my 3 little ones to follow my lead, so that’s the example that I will set…100%. I will be your Honest Real Estate Professional.
2) Knowledge of Construction: I owned a contracting company with my brother that he still currently runs. When I look at real estate, I really look at it..not just how pretty it is, but how strong the structure is.
3) Knowledge of Finance: I worked for Michael Bloomberg’s finance department for 9 years. I managed 3 finance departments. I’ll direct you in getting your mortgage loan for your real estate property.
4) I do this full time. I take Real Estate Seriously. I’m not a kid out of college that wants to make a few bucks because of what they saw on HGTV.
5) Author: I wrote books on this stuff. Just email me and I’ll send you FREE COPIES.
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6) As your Real Estate Professional, I’m with you until the end. I make sure that I’m with you until the final day of closing and make sure that no one is up to any funny stuff. I will protect you at all cost!
7) You are with me and me only: I don’t pass you on to someone else or leave you once a contract is signed. I know every aspect of the business and want to make sure that I guide you in the right direction.
8) I’m an Investor: Being an investor forces me to look at real estate different than other agents. I make sure you are getting a Great Deal.
9) No Drip Campaigns: Most agents punch in some requirements and put you on an email campaign and all of the sudden you start getting random properties emailed to you. I wake up every morning at 3:30a and hand select properties. The real estate properties that I send you are properties that have a high rate of you loving them.
10) I stand by my 5 Star Reviews and thank my past clients for them. My goal is to continue doing my best so I can earn that 5 Star Review.
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What to Expect From a Real Estate Buyer’s Agent
A real estate agent can be invaluable when you are trying to buy a home. Each agent is different, which means each may take a slightly different approach to the home buying process. However, there are certain things that every real estate agent should do for you as a buyer.
Use the following list to weed out the agents that you don’t want to work with. These are nine critical things a real estate agent should be doing for home buyers. If you find a potential agent that says he or she won’t do the things on this list, keep looking.
When you find a quality real estate agent, he or she will be more than happy to take care of these things. These are the benefits of having a buyers agent who will be in your corner fighting hard for you.
If you have not formally met with a real estate agent yet, you may want to brush up on what to do before buying a home. The advice will put you on the right track for home buying success!
The best real estate buyer’s agents will do these nine things for you when purchasing a home no questions asked.
1. Get you pre-approved.
A good real estate agent has a sizable network of trusted agents, lenders and other professionals involved in the home buying and selling process. Your agent should be able to connect you with a trusted lender who will take you through the pre-approval process so you can get to shopping for your home.
You want to be pre-approved so you know how much you can spend, so if you aren’t already – talk to your real estate agent about getting it done.
One thing to keep in mind is the differences between being pre-approved and pre-qualified. These two mortgage terms are night and day in their meaning. You want to be pre-approved which means the lender has verified your income, employment and run your credit. A pre qualification letter in most circumstances does none of these things. Frankly, it is not worth the paper it is written on.
An exceptional real estate seller’s agent will insist upon having a solid pre-approval letter so make sure you get one!
2. Help find you a home – including counseling on location, neighborhood, schools, etc.
House hunting is a tiring process at the best of times, requiring you to make concessions so that your dreams can match up with the reality of what is available and what you can afford. One of your Realtor’s key jobs is to help you clarify what you want most, and find you options that meet your specifications as much as possible. The best real estate agents are going to counsel you on location, neighborhood, schools and other factors.
Your agent should help you determine the best locations for you to look based on what you’re looking to achieve, including the type of neighborhood you want, school systems you want to be part of, etc.
Those buyers who look at a real estate agent as a glorified taxi cab driver are really missing out on all the benefits a good real estate buyer’s agent should be providing. If driving you from house to house is all your real estate agent is doing, you might want to look for someone else!
A good listener is an important trait of an excellent buyer’s agent.
Interviewing a real estate buyer’s agent could be a smart move to ensure you don’t get stuck with a lemon. Anyone can show houses. A skilled buyer’s agent goes far beyond carting you around in their car.
3. Negotiate an offer.
One of the biggest perks of having a great real estate buyer’s agent is their ability to negotiate the best price for your home purchase. The best negotiators know the value of what they are attempting to buy or sell, which is what makes a respected Realtor so useful.
Exceptional real estate buyer’s agents will analyze the value of the home you are looking to purchase. They should then be advising you on what your initial offer should be and how to proceed accordingly when the seller responds.
He or she should know how to effectively negotiate to get you the best possible price on the home of your dreams. Ultimately you are beholden to the market, but that doesn’t mean a good negotiator can’t tip the scales in your favor.
The agent should have in-depth knowledge of the factors that affect the value of a home. After all, this will be the basis for what you will pay for the house.
4. Help with picking a home inspector.
Just like real estate agents, some inspectors are better than others. Your Realtor should know the best home inspectors in the area and help you choose one that you can depend on to give you the low down on the true state of any home you are interested in buying.
Your real estate agent can also advise you on any additional inspections that may apply to the home you are looking at, including radon, mold, water, lead paint, etc. These are all potential stumbling blocks that could cause issues in your sale. They are important enough, however, that you will want to be sure there are no problems.
5. Attend home inspection.
Even the best home inspectors can miss things, and even the most knowledgeable inspectors can fail to accurately convey the information they find to you as a buyer. Your buyer’s agent should be at the home inspection to hear exactly what the home inspector finds.
When the home inspection is over and you are given the report from the inspector an excellent agent will counsel you on what should be brought to the seller’s attention.
If your real estate agent is not in attendance it is awfully hard to understand what the issues are and then negotiate them. Make sure you find out up-front if your agent will be at the inspection. If they say it is not their “policy” to go, insist they be there. Unfortunately, in this business, there are a lot of lazy agents that will try to get away with doing as little as possible.
6. Negotiate any home inspection repair requests.
The information you get from the home inspection can provide you with leverage in negotiations. You can request repairs based on the information from the home inspection, and you can sometimes get the price or other concessions based on the problems found in the inspection. Your real estate agent is best qualified to negotiate for these things because he or she is most knowledgeable about how each issue affects the value of the home.
The real estate agent again will be your “negotiator” to make sure any serious problems are dealt with by the seller. This could be in the form of a price reduction, a repair or a seller’s concession at closing. One of the roles of a buyer’s agent is to also let you know when you are asking for unreasonable home inspection requests. There is always a give and take when it comes to home inspections. Buyers need to remember the purpose of a home inspection is not to make a perfect home. Nearly every home has issues large and small.
Skilled buyer’s agents will direct you what to keep your focus on and what to let go.
Your real estate agent can also verify that there are no permitting issues with the home. Sometimes homeowners make changes to the home without getting the proper permits, which can present major problems to you as a buyer. You want to know about any of these hurdles before you buy.
7. Communicate with the seller’s real estate agent and buyer’s attorney throughout the sale.
Everyone needs to be on the same page for a home purchase to go smoothly. Your real estate agent will be responsible for keeping everyone informed, including the seller’s agent and your attorney.
The real estate agent is best qualified for this duty because he or she knows how to measure the importance of information, and knows who needs what and when to keep the ball rolling.
There are some real estate agents who are lousy communicators. There can be lots of reasons for this from being a part-time agent to just not realizing how important it is to people. Whatever the reason some real estate agents “just don’t get it”!
8. Monitor your loan commitment.
Excellent buyer’s agents are always staying on top of things including monitoring the buyer’s mortgage commitment. Smart agents also make sure buyers understand they need to maintain their current credit status. Mortgage mistakes can be quite common, especially among first-time home buyers.
The pre-approval you got for your home purchase is a fragile thing, based off of the information given to the lender at the time of the pre-approval request. Any changes to your financial situation could make it impossible to get the loan or reduce the amount of the loan available to you.
Your real estate agent should monitor the status of your loan and advise you on how to protect your approval. He or she will make sure that you understand not to make any large purchases or take out any loans, like buying a car, before you close on the home.
9. Finalize all loose ends for the closing.
You only need to make it through the closing to finally get your home. But there are a surprising number of details involved in a closing, all of which need to be wrapped up before you officially become the owner of the home. Failing to take care of everything could cause the closing to fall through.
Your real estate agent will finalize all the loose ends so that the closing goes through without a hitch, and will be there alongside you at the closing so you have support and advice should you need it.
Final Thoughts on Hiring a Real Estate Agent
As a buyer, you should have high expectations from your real estate buyer’s agent. You are making a huge purchase that could quite possibly the biggest of your life. Make sure you hire an agent you will like enough to consider a friend when all is said and done. On the other side of the coin make sure you are a buyer that a real estate agent enjoys working with. A great relationship is a give and take! Don’t make any of the mistakes that real estate agents hate about buyers and you will be on the right track!
Frank Vazquez, Your Real Estate Professional
Helping you buy Real Estate in Nutley, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Livingston, Bloomfield, Belleville, Rutherford, Lyndhurst, Clifton and Surrounding areas.