CHAPTER 1 How Real Estate Agents Help Home Buyers
I’ll come right out at the start and tell you I’m a real estate agent — proudly so! Nice to meet you! I’m not trying to sell you anything, but I’m pleased to be of service. In fact, generally, real estate agents for buyers are paid for out of the listing agent’s commission. So, I’m not looking to part you from your money. I’m giving you the benefit of experience and advice I have picked up in my career selling houses and being in real estate transactions — for both sellers and buyers. Then, if you want me to help you find a house, we can talk. Call me if you need me. Technology has changed the way homes are sought and bought today. In this “Information Era,” most buyers are first introduced to the home they eventually purchase via the Internet, through Zillow, Trulia, Yahoo! Homes, Realtor.com, and Redfin. These are the top five “Most Popular Real Estate Sites,” as derived from eBizMBA’s Rank, which is a continually updated average of each website’s Alexa Global Traffic Rank, and U.S. Traffic Rank, from both Compete and Quantcast. So that means there’s no real need for a buyer’s real estate agent, right? If a buyer can find and visit a home on the web all on their own, why involve another party? The reason to use a real estate agent is to find a home and show homes available for sale, right?
WHY HOME BUYERS NEED A REAL ESTATE AGENT
Ah, not so fast, friend. The reasons to use a real estate agent today are as valid as yesterday. The ease of online transactions and proliferation of services to assist buyers in handling their own 1
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