Portland Buyers Agent 2013

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Why should you use a Portland buyer’s agent? Let’s compare lawyers with real estate agents. It’s safe to say that the majority of us are not lawyers. But we probably know or have heard of someone who is. If you had some sort of legal trouble, it would be in your best interest to get in touch with one, and a good one at that. Their expertise at looking out for your interests and having your legal back is worth a lot when you need representation. They can really protect your rights, time, negotiate on your behalf, save you trouble down the road, and sometimes they can even save you a lot of money.

So it is with a Portland buyer’s agent. When buying a home, in addition to those services mentioned above, they can also help you find the home or property of your dreams. Unlike a lawyer’s services, a (good) Portland buyers agent’s services never cost you a dime!

So, aside from representation that costs you nothing, being an advocate for your interests, helping with negotiations, and supporting you through offers and contracts, what does a Portland buyers agent do and what’s in it for you?

Well, in addition to the aforementioned, a (good) Portland buyers agent will have an extensive knowledge of the local area you’re looking in, as well as tools for searching out the exact home you’re looking for that are only available to Licensed Real Estate Professionals. The Regional Multiple Listings Service or RMLS is a regional database that Portland real estate agents use to both find and list homes for sale. It contains some proprietary information that is only available to agents. (We call it the “private field” in RMLS.) The ability of buyer’s agents to access this information is important to most people because according to the National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 2011, 55% most buyers wanted Buyers Agents to help them find the right home. Additionally, 61% most often noted that the benefit of having a buyers agent is to help walk through and explain the home buying process to them. If buyers agents have exclusive information – well that will obviously help out a lot!

So in short, what is a Portland buyers agent and what’s in it for you? He or she is a professional who is committed to making sure you find the right property, for the right price, in the right area who walks you through the buying process but charges you nothing.

February 22, 2013

Stephen FitzMaurice

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor is a top 5% real estate agent in the U.S. A Principal Broker in Oregon, Managing Broker in Washington, he has been licensed since 2003 for residential real estate sales. Call his team in Oregon at 503-714-1111 or in Washington at 360-345-3833.

4% max to sell a home in Portland and SW Washington.
4.5% max to sell a home in Salem and Bend.
Over 2,000 homes sold.