Home Buyer FAQs
What is your process for working with buyers?
While some agents take a hands-off approach with their clients, when you hire me, we will be working closely together throughout the process. Although you will likely be also be visiting open houses on your own, we will be in regular communication regarding properties of interest, developments in the market, and whatever questions you have along the way. And when you find a place you love, I will be there with you every step of the way to closing and beyond!
How long does it typically take for buyers to find a home in this market?
This varies a lot of course, with some buyers literally buying the first house they visit and others taking over a year to even submit an offer. However, the majority of my buyer clients have an accepted offer within three months. (Typically, the first or second offer we submit.)
What is your fee?
My buyer agent fee is paid out of the sellers’ listing commission, so should not cost you anything out of pocket. The only exception would be if you wanted to pursue a for-sale-by-owner property and the seller was not offering a buyer agent fee, but this is a VERY rare scenario.
Aside from the cost of my new home, what expenses should I expect?
Most of your expenses (appraisal, financing costs, attorney fees, etc.) will be rolled into your closing costs, due the day you close on your new home. Prior to that, you will be paying a couple deposits—one with your offer (typically between $1,000 and $10,000) and one at the P&S signing (5 - 10% of purchase price). Additionally, if you have a home inspection, you will pay the inspector on site. Cost varies depending on the size of the home and the particular inspector, but is usually in the range of $500 to $1000.
How do I know I'm choosing the right agent?
100% of my past buyer clients have chosen to work with me again when the time has come to buy a new home. I will do everything I can to make sure you do too!