50 Reasons to Use a Buyer’s Agent

Posted by: Louis Cammarosano on April 2nd, 2009

A much cited statistic tells us that nearly all home buyers start their home search online. Many consumers type in “homes for sale” on Google or Yahoo! or visit sites like HomeGain


With home listings available in many places on the Internet some consumers may consider buying a home without using the services of a professional real estate agent.


This  would be a mistake.

A local Realtor understands current market conditions and home prices. Automated valuation tools like those found on Zillow and HomeGain can only serve as a starting point for assessing home values in a particular area.


A local Realtor acting on behalf of a home buyer can give real insight on home prices based on local, up-to-the-minute analysis of the market.


In addition to helping buyers understand home prices, buyers’ agents do a lot more.


HomeGain member Mitch Ribak, who is on track to sell more than 350 homes this year, recently provided us with these 50 reasons to use a buyer agent: 


  1.   Analysis of your real estate needs and determine housing criteria

  2.    Research properties

  3.    Send you listings that match your needs

  4.    Provide information pertaining to your move or relocation and short-term stay options

  5.   Educate you about home buying processes

  6.   Provide information on market conditions, schools, communities, employment, and more

  7.   Discuss your financing needs

  8.   Recommend qualified mortgage brokers

  9.    Make appointments and show properties

10.    Provide timely and professional disclosure and research

11.    In car review: pros & cons of each property

12.    Point out “Hot Buttons” while showing

13.    Help with loan application questions

14.    Follow up of loan application with your selected mortgage broker

15.    Help cleaning up your credit if needed

16.    Analyze purchasing timeline and needs once property is located

17.    Free Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of a property in order to make an educated offer

18.    Call listing agent to get sellers disclosure

19.    Draft the offer and prepare paperwork

20.    Research tax records

21.    Get information on utilities

22.    Explain all paperwork before signing

23.    Generate net sheet

24.    Write offer, collect, deposit escrow and provide verification to listing agent

25.    Submit contract and follow up

26.    Negotiate contract until mutually agreeable

27.    Review and explain final contract

28.    Send the title company the executed contract

29.    Schedule and attend the home inspection

30.    Schedule and attend the termite inspection

31.    Recommend insurance agents to you

32.    Verify loan process has begun

33.    Review home inspection findings with you

34.    Re-negotiate repairs if needed

35.    Order survey/appraisal

36.    Assist to meet finance deadline

37.    Monitor contingencies – financing, home inspection, etc.

38.    Check on homeowners insurance

39.    Verify that the title agency has all necessary documentations

40.    Follow up with the lender on all aspects of closing process

41.    Schedule closing: time and place

42.    Review HUD (closing statement)

43.    Perform a final walk-through

44.    Determine the funds to be brought to closing

45.    Coordinate between lenders and title company to determine amount needed

46.    Release escrow to title company

47.    Explain everything needed at closing

48.    Attend your closing

49.    Give you the keys to your new home!

50.  Follow up after closing – homestead info and insuring that everything is going fine in your new home

See also 101 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Agent


Louis Cammarosano





6 Comments on “50 Reasons to Use a Buyer’s Agent”


what a great read I would like to copy some of it to my site with a link back to you if thats ok?

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Portland Real Estate

Though this is a great post, and some great ideas. I do have to point out that a good Real Estate software or web system will take care of a lot of these things for you. Having a good IDX like IDX Blogger or something will allow you to allow clients to search, send them listings via email, and keep updated with them. I know that software cannot replace a good buyers agent, but you can still make the computer automate some of these simple yet redundant tasks.


Great list Louis! Of course, buyers shouldn’t use just any agent, they should use a good one!

Austin Real Estate Blog

Texas is a non-disclosure state. In other words, there is nowhere to get ACCURATE information for comps except the MLS. People assume that the tax appraisal district and Zillow and other services give them accurate info, but they don’t. One more reason to use a Buyer’s Agent – at least in Texas!

Tim Derylak

Great post, I recently wrote a similar article: “10 Reasons to Work with a Charlotte Real Estate Buyers Agent” It’s very important for buyers to obtain their own representation when purchasing a home, especially for the first time!

Blue Fern Real Estate

Great post! We think you hit just about a lot. Check out our blog about “Home Buyers Avoid Risks by Partnering with a Qualified Real Estate Agent” here: http://bit.ly/Lx5cX5


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