Don’t go it alone!
You see a house online. Or a For Sale sign. Maybe even just stumble across an open house. You’re not all that serious about buying a house. Maybe you’re only just starting to think about it. Or, maybe you have no desire at all to move, and you’re just curious and want to take a peek.
So you call the listing agent — the agent whose name is on the sign out front, or in the online ad. Or, you just walk right into the open house, or the sales office at a new development.
Next thing you know, you love the house. You’re making an offer. The offer is accepted. And then you regret it. Or problems come up. Or the process is miserable. Or you don’t feel like the (listing) agent you’re dealing with is looking out for your interests or giving you the best advice — and quite frankly, why would they? That agent you’re buying the house from works for the seller.
As innocent as it seems, when you just want to go see a house, you are inadvertently making a bigger decision than you think — you are deciding who will represent your interests, advise you, and help you through the process.
Even if you just go see a house with another agent, and before you even make an offer, the agent who simply showed you the house could claim you as their client. It’s called “procuring cause.” I won’t get into the details here, but it can become messy.
Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent
Buying a home is a significant financial investment and one of the most complex transactions you’ll undertake. Home buyers should not underestimate the value of having their own agent represent them throughout the entire transaction. Think about it this way: If you were getting sued, would you hire the same attorney who’s representing the person suing you?
When you work with a Buyer’s Agent, you have someone working exclusively for you.
Your Buyer’s Agent will arrange private showings for any property you’re interested in, regardless of the listing agent or office. When you’re ready to make an offer, your Buyer’s Agent will advise you on value, negotiate price, contract terms, inspections and repairs, coordinate title and escrow, and represent your interests from contract to close of escrow.
Buyer’s Agents help overcome setbacks as well. For example, if the home inspection, appraisal or title search brings new issues to light, a buyer’s agent will advise you on how to proceed, negotiate a resolution, and act as a buffer between you and the sellers or their agent.
Best of all, when you work with me, representation costs you nothing.
Russ Fortuno is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative®
Not all Buyer’s Agents are equal. The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is awarded to licensed Realtors® who complete specialized training that gives them the edge in understanding a buyer’s perspective and protecting and promoting their buyer-clients’ interests. An ABR® offers best-in-class buyer services, and the ABR® designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation — in fact, only 3 percent of Realtors® nationwide have earned the distinguished ABR® designation.
When you work with me as your Buyer’s Agent, you will be expertly guided through every step of home buying process. As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative®, I’ll familiarize you with the various activities and documents you’ll experience, and stay in touch throughout the process to make your experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Benefits to working with Russ Fortuno
There are many good reasons why you should work with a qualified real estate professional; here are a few benefits to working with me:
Market Expertise: I’m Southern Arizona native, born and raised in Tucson — For more than 50 years, I’ve called Southern Arizona home!™ I live in Green Valley, and you can count on my extensive knowledge of the community and local neighborhoods that online listings don’t provide.
55+ Community Specialist: I have earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) designation by the Seniors Real Estate Council of the National Association of Realtors. The SRES® designation recognizes real estate professionals who specialize in the complexities of age-restricted communities.
Negotiation Expertise: As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative®, I’ll represent you in all stages of the transaction, especially in developing a negotiation strategy aimed at the best terms possible — whether price, repairs or seller concessions.
Legal Knowledge: I’m well-versed in the language of real estate purchase contracts and other legal documents related to buying a home, meaning you don’t have to study up on real estate law and, in turn, avoid headaches during the home buying process.
Professional Network: Buying a home involves dealing with lenders, escrow officers, title agencies, home inspectors, appraisers, and other real estate professionals who have a necessary hand in the transaction. You’ll benefit from my network of reputable professionals who know how to conduct business correctly and efficiently.
Time: It can be difficult for buyers to find the time to research neighborhoods, comparable sales and listings. But as your Buyer’s Agent, I am completely dedicated to spending countless hours combing over data on local listings and matching your needs and criteria to potential properties.
If you’re looking to relocate to Green Valley or Sahuarita, or purchase a seasonal home in the area to take advantage of our warm winter days and mild evenings, I offer a full array of services to out-of-state clients.
So before you begin house hunting, or even if you’ve already begun, call me now — you don’t want to compromise your negotiating position by choosing house before enlisting the help of a Buyer’s Agent.