Most Real Estate Transactions Unfair to Home Buyers

Most real estate transactions are biased to favor of the seller. That’s because most real estate agents represent – either partly or entirely – the seller.

Many home buyers are not getting the full representation they deserve because they fail to recognize a few simple facts. As representative of the seller, most real estate agents are duty-bound to work against the interests of home buyers. Also a home’s listing agent is not on the home buyer’s side. Finally, these facts can apply to Realtors® even when they call themselves a “buyer’s broker.”

The best protection against the built-in skew of the system, of course, is to contact The Home Buyers, Inc.

Just Doing Their Job

Blame the way the real estate industry is set up. Accepted practices – not to mention the law, in some cases – are very specific about when and how a Realtor® must represent the seller. The real estate agent’s obligations to the seller can put a home buyer at a real disadvantage. more

The Listing Agent Is Not on Your Side

As a home home buyer, any time you call a home’s listing agent, you’re putting yourself in a vulnernable position. That agent – the one with the name on the yard sign, in the newspaper ad or on the multiple listing service – represents the seller. He or she is not on your side.

They may very well-intentioned. But as noted, they’re just doing their job; it simply is not in their interest to tell you things that might be detrimental for home buyers. In fact, even if they wanted to tell you things that might benefit you, they may be prevented contractually – or even legally – from disclosing critical information.

If you want to arrange a showing, do not contact the listing agent. To make sure you’re interests are served contact The Home Buyers, Inc.

Who “Buyer” Agents Work For

Most real estate agencies offer to represent both home buyers and sellers. Some of these dual agencies even designate some of their real estate agents as buyer brokers or buyer agents.

This arrangement is supposed to assure home buyers that their agency – even thought it is not an exclusive buyers agency- will do a diligent job of representing their interests.

But, as a home buyer, there are still questions that nag at you. How impartial can an agent be if his or her employer benefits if you buy a particular house? How important are your interests if the agency benefits if you pay top dollar? And, how thick is that firewall that protects what you need the agent to do for you from what the agent is required to do for the seller?

Once you understand how practices, regulations and laws skew real estate to favor the seller, you start to see why you should know the three types of agents and why you want to beware dual agency.