A Homebuyer's Guide To Working With A Seller's Agent

It is essential to understand the steps in home buying especially if this is the first time that you will purchase a new house. Buying a home usually involves working with a subagent otherwise known as the seller's agent or seller broker. These agents are the ones who act as the seller's representatives whenever closing a deal. As such, they are entitled to a commission in addition to rights and responsibilities towards the buyer.

Each state may have distinctive regulations when it comes to home buying. Similarly, the national law has certain prohibitions relative to it. As suggested by the author of the book "100 Questions Every Home Buyer Should Ask", home buyers must make an effort to read thoroughly all the documents such as agent's forms and disclosures before signing to fully understand the services being offered. There are several things that a seller's agent may or may not be allowed to do in your favor:

The seller's agent can provide you with detailed pricing lists of comparable homes in the area. These are often called 'comps' and are a compilation of similar homes in the neighborhood, listing information and their list prices. This information ensures that you are not offering, or being offered, an unreasonable price when it's time to negotiate.

The seller's agent cannot point out which home you should purchase. The decision on which home to buy comes from only you. If you are torn between two properties, the seller's agent cannot insist on having you chose one over the other even if he is working for the sellers of both properties.

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 seller's agent cannot make suggestions on the best offer for the home. It may be tempting to ask the seller what price you should pay for the property, but they cannot legally offer this information at any time during your communications. The seller broker has certain obligations to the seller, so this information may impede on that relationship.

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.

Author and Realtor Alexandria P. Anderson helps clients to find and purchase Edina Minnesota real estate as well as Edina condos and houses in the Twin Cities.