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Buyer's Agents Work for the Buyer and Not the Seller
Done correctly, a buyer's agent's job is to put the buyer's interests ahead of the agent's, to disclose all material facts, keep the buyer's information confidential, provide the buyer with sufficient information to purchase a home and expertly negotiate on the buyer's behalf.
Here are some of the services you can expect to get from a buyer's agent that you might not be able to obtain on your own. Apart from hearing about listings before homes are available to the public, agents can:
Provide comparable sales from the tax rolls.
Provide sales data from MLS based on map searches.
Pull property profiles reflecting sales history, property data, demographics and neighborhood services.
Obtain a copy of the home's historical documents.
Run reports on listing agent's list-price to sales-price ratios.
Calculate annual facts and trends about an area.
Suggest pricing strategy.
Prepare a strong offer that presents the buyer in the best light based on market demands and agent interaction / networking.
Review of documents for loopholes and obtain disclosures.
Provide a buffer between you and the seller's agent.
If you feel competent that you can handle a sale or purchase on your own, you probably can. But you may always wonder if you paid too much or accepted too low of a price.