Generally, having someone who knows the market negotiating for you is a plus. They know the area and can tell you the pros and cons of any particular community. They have access to most of the homes on the market through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). They can handle the negotiating, contract and closing for you. And the seller typically pays the buyer agent commission.
If you decide to use an agent, you can expect them to do the following for you:
- Help you get pre-approved for a loan
- Recommend a specific price range
- Suggest different communities that fit your needs.
- Screen homes for you
- Show you properties
- Negotiate the offer and contract
- Set up inspections
- Help to clear contract contingencies
- Oversee the closing, escrow and settlement
- Provide you information on securing a home warranty