Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Things To Know About Working With A Seller's Agent

Buying a MN home for the first time involves collaborating with a seller's agent or subagent. It is crucial that you understand how things will work between you and the subagent because these people act as representatives to the seller and are therefore expected to bring you to the deal. As a seller's agent, they are entitled to a commission and have certain duties and obligations.

Regulations vary from state to state, but there are certain things they cannot do according to national law. The author of '100 Questions Every Home Buyer Should Ask' encourages all buyers to review the agent's forms and disclosures thoroughly to understand exactly what types of services they will be offering; if you do not understand anything, do not sign the form. It's also important to understand the key things that a seller's agent can and cannot do for you:

The seller's agent cannot disclose the list of comparable home's prices in the area. Often referred to as 'comps', a compilation of similar homes in the area will be given to you. Comps usually consist of listing information and list prices. This is necessary to ensure that an unreasonable price is avoided once negotiation takes place.

The seller's agent cannot tell you which home to choose when you are still deciding. Even though it's the seller's agent's job to sell you the home they are commissioned to sell, they do not have a right to 'push' their home over another in question. If you like two homes and the broker is working with both sellers, they cannot persuade you to purchase one over the other; the decision is ultimately yours to make.

The seller's agent cannot discuss the home's defects or flaws. In purchasing a property, the seller broker has no right to mention anything that would have a bearing on your choice or decision. Any material flaws or defects can be discussed but you will still need to find out for yourself if the property is really the best option.

The best offer for the home cannot be hashed out in detail. Most first time homebuyers would normally ask for the actual price to be paid in getting the property. However, this information cannot be legally offered since the seller broker has duties to the seller and any such act can affect the partnership.

The seller's agent can ask you for referrals. Many seller's agents are independent business owners and always looking for new clients. They do have the right to ask you to refer them to friends or family members, and will do everything they can to make your home buying experience a good one.

When you are working with a seller's agent as a first time home buyer, it's important to remember that they are in the business to make the home buying process as easy as possible. This doesn't always mean that they have your best interests in mind, so it's important to do your own research about the property and work with a professional real estate agent in addition to the seller's agent.

About the Author: Alexandria P. Anderson is a St. Louis Park real estate agent that helps people to find and purchase St. Louis Park Homes and properties in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.