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3 Signs You’ve Found the Perfect Buyer’s Agent

If you’re ready to buy a home, partnering with a great buyer’s agent is the first step you should take. Unfortunately, not all agents are the same. In this guide, we’ve broken down exactly what buyer’s agents do and the three signs that will let you know if you’ve found the perfect agent.
Buyer's Agent

When buying a home, a great buyer’s agent can make a world of difference. Whether it’s your first house, second home, or an exciting investment opportunity, ensuring the buying process goes as smoothly as possible can help you find the right property, at the right price, quickly.

Not sure if you need an agent? A qualified real estate agent can help reduce the stress of house hunting, placing an offer, and closing on your new home. Learn more about how a buyer’s agent can help you.

What Does a Buyer’s Agent Do?

A buyer’s agent can help buyers with everything from finding properties to closing on their new home. Buyer’s agents will work with you to understand your budget and walk you through any questions you have about financing your new home.

They can also set up a search on the MLS to automatically email you new properties that match your criteria. From there, they’ll also work to set up home tours and negotiate with the seller on your behalf. An agent can also offer advice when you’re ready to make an offer.

If your offer is accepted, your agent can help you set up an escrow account, walk you through the inspection, make any last-minute negotiations, navigate you through a sea of paperwork, and ensure everything is in order on the day of closing.

Overall, a full-service buyer’s agent will take most of the stress of buying off your shoulders.

But, how do you know if you’ve found a good buyer’s agent? Here are three things to look for:

1. Your Agent Has a Proven Track Record

A great buyer’s agent not only has experience and expertise in real estate — but they also have a proven track record in your local market.

Your agent should be able to identify what sells quickly in your market, so they can help you make qualified decisions when it comes to your budget and offer. They’ll also be able to give you honest opinions on properties based on similar properties in your local area.

Clever Partner Agents are all top-rated and vetted to ensure you always receive a trustworthy and experienced buyer’s agent.

2. You Agent Will Work off Seller Commission

Some people are hesitant to work with a buyer’s agent because they believe real estate agents charge fees for their services. But when it comes to buyer’s agents, that’s just not true.

Buyer’s agents won’t actually charge you for the work they do on your behalf. Instead, they’ll work their fees into the seller’s fees, charging them a percentage of the final sales price.

To avoid getting hit with real estate agent fees when buying a home, be sure to find an agent through Clever. All Clever Partner agents will work 100% for seller fees, ensuring you can save more money during the buying process.

3. Your Agent Offers a Home Buyer’s Rebate

Did you know there are other ways to save money when buying a home? In addition to taking advantage of first-time home buyer grants or low down payment financing options, there’s another way home buyers can save money: buyer’s rebates.

Some agents offer home buyer rebates to their clients, allowing them to get more money back at the time of closing. Often referred to as a commission rebate, this option allows buyers to receive a certain percentage of the price of your home back.

Not all agents offer commission rebates, but Clever Partner Agents do. In fact, Partner Agents have agreed to provide buyers with up to 1% of the price of your house back at the time of closing (as long as this is legal in your state).

Save More by Partnering with Clever

Teaming up with a great agent is the best way to find the home of your dreams at the right price. Experienced agents help streamline the buying process, making it as seamless as possible for buyers.

Clever works with some of the best real estate franchises in the industry, including RE/MAX, Century 21, and Keller Williams. Clever has agents available in every city, so no matter where you live, you can get connected with a top-rated candidate. Once matched with a Clever Partner Agent, they’ll be able to let you know whenever new houses pop up that match your search criteria, so you don’t have to spend hours searching through newly available properties.

When you connect with an agent via Clever, you can rest easy, knowing you’re working with an excellent, well-qualified buyer’s agent.

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Thomas O'Shaughnessy
Thomas O'Shaughnessy

Tommy O'Shaughnessy is the Head of Research at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top local agents to save on commission. Tommy's team of data scientists create surveys, gather data, and analyze trends in housing, real estate, and personal finance. He directs public relations efforts, acting as a "data communicator" between his team and the press. Clever studies have been featured in Politico, the LA Times, CNBC, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, and other publications.

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