Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
Buying A Home
by Elizabeth Razzi
Exclusive buyer's brokers work only with buyers and don't take
listings. They're obliged to help you find the best deals and
lowest price. Unfortunately, agency standards have changed so
much in the past ten years that real estate agents themselves
are likely to be confused about their obligations to buyers and
sellers, even though in most places they are supposed to give
you a disclosure form explaining your relationship.
Bottom line: You don't truly have an advocate in your corner
unless you both sign a contract saying so.
House Hunting? Save by hiring your own Broker
by Carla A. Fried
If you ever doubted the value of real estate agents who work
solely for home buyers (as opposed to traditional agents who
report to sellers), consider this: A recent study by U.S. Sprint
found that 232 relocating Sprint employees who hired buyer's
brokers paid an average of 91% of a home's list price. People
who use traditional agents typically pay about 96%. On a house
originally priced at $150,000, that's a difference of $7,500.
Do I need a buyer's broker to help me buy a house?
by Lisa Scheer
A new breed of broker, known as an exclusive buyer's agent,
acts as your advocate. Like a traditional broker, an exclusive
buyer’s agent steers you toward attractive homes and helps you
scout out banks or mortgage companies, where you can borrow
what you need to make the purchase. Unlike a traditional broker,
however, the exclusive buyer’s agent guarantees to protect your
interests in negotiations with the seller on the price of the house
and any necessary repairs.
Smart Money: A personal shopper for your dream house
by Pam Black
A traditional real estate broker is legally bound to work for the
seller who pays the commission and therefore may be more
intent on selling listed homes than finding your dream house.
Even Realtors who don't hold the listing on a given house act as
subagents to the seller. So unless a broker says that he or she is
working for you -- brokers are now legally obliged to disclose who
they represent -- you can assume the broker is working for the
seller. Such agents must pass on information such as the buyer's
income to the seller, who then has a better idea of what price to
hold out for.
The New York Times
About Real Estate: More Agents Represent Home Buyers
by Diana Shaman
Buyer brokers say they can negotiate the best price for their
clients. "We act in a sense like an attorney or an accountant to
protect the buyer, so that they can make an informed decision
and buy the best home for them," Mr. Hathaway, the Memphis
Although there are variations, the buyer broker generally
receives the same amount as a seller broker's subagent who
produces a buyer. The amount that the seller receives for the
home is the same as would be the case if the home's purchaser
had been found by an agent representing the seller.
Representation is something buyers could and should have had
all along, said Maureen F. Glasheen, a former general counsel
to the New York state Department of State and now a business
and legal consultant in Albany.
A conflict of interest is more likely when a real estate firm that
represents sellers assigns you one of its brokers as a buyer
agent. That's why many people believe an "exclusive" buyer
broker is preferable. If there aren't any in your area, and you
have to use a listing broker, "make sure they disclose when they
are showing you properties they have a financial interest in,"
says Stephen Brobeck, executive director of the Consumers
Federation of America.
Most agents who show you homes don't represent your interests.
They work for the seller, and their object is to sell the house for
the highest possible price.
Buyer Advocacy appears to be taking off. "I'll never buy a house
any other way." says Mrs. Renee Talley, Highland Park TX.
The Wall Street Journal
Exclusive agencies are the best. They remove any conflict of
interest, which is the main reason for considering a buyer broker
in the first place.
To Buyers: If you want representation, work with a buyer broker.
They are legally obligated to represent your interests in any
negotiations with sellers, states The Consumer Federation of
America. Groups such as the Consumer Federation of America
and AARP recommend using buyer's agents.
Many people don't realize that, unless specifically stated
otherwise, brokers are legal representatives of sellers. A buyer
broker, representing only the buyer, may be able to secure a
better price and better terms.
U.S. News & World Report
Buyer brokers: agents that buyers can call their own...If your real
estate agent isn't a buyer broker, he works for the seller...Buyers
no longer have to fend for themselves.
Level the playing field when you buy a home...You may get a
better deal with your own broker pulling for you...The introduction
of buyer brokers takes a horribly one-sided process and simply
makes it fair.
The New York Times
Confusion often arises because many buyers believe that the
agent who shows them houses works on their behalf. In fact,
subagents of the listing broker - often they are agents who work
for another office - also act on behalf of the seller.
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