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Will You Use a Real Estate Agent When You Buy a Home?

Quicken Loans 2013/06/14 18:34:30
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Using an agent with a proven track record of success in your area is the best way to buy a home.

The Multiple Listing System has the greatest number of homes from which to choose, and your agent has access to this resource. Also, you should always be pre-qualified by a lender you can trust, who’ll give you great rebates and put cash back in your pocket.


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  • Houlegate 2013/06/15 12:37:56
    No
    Houlegate
    +5
    No. Ill use a third party home inspector. Real-estate agents are too similar to used car salesman to trust.

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  • Dean Reese 2014/08/05 20:04:46
  • Jerry Boggs 2014/07/28 14:40:58
  • Sick Boy 2013/08/22 16:38:39
    No
    Sick Boy
  • MisterOriginal 2013/07/12 09:09:31
    No
    MisterOriginal
    I'd rather use Mr. Spock.
  • **Bessie** 2013/06/25 18:39:02
    Yes
    **Bessie**
    It is the best way to go. I've been in the business 30 years, seen both ways...trust a Realtor!
  • goblue1968 2013/06/25 00:41:17
    Yes
    goblue1968
    I have never used a real estate expert to buy any of my previous homes, because I built them from the ground up according to my wishes. But in the future, I would use a realtor because I am very fussy about what I want, and a realtor would be very helpful in the search for a suitable home for me and I'm so old now, that I don't want to go through the process of building from scratch again. I just want to buy a house in "move-in" condition with a minimum of fuss on my part.
  • kiara143 2013/06/24 08:35:25
    Yes
    kiara143
    i cant do all the work by my self...i want property virgins or some other hgtv show to help me haha
  • Bob Anderson 2013/06/23 23:45:53
  • Jaguar 2013/06/22 09:55:00
    Yes
    Jaguar
    IF I ever buy (or rent from a bank), then I will use one - My other half :)
    To be hones though, I will never have a deposit to buy, and I don't see it as owning my own home, I see it as renting from the bank.

    I'm far more comfortable renting from a landlord and them having to maintain the property while I pay less per month than I would with a mortgage...
  • Alacrity 2013/06/22 06:59:54
    Yes
    Alacrity
    You'd better use such an agent, for safety. Unless you really know what your're doing.
  • Sophie 2013/06/22 06:55:12
    Yes
    Sophie
    Yes, I have used an agent with all my properties.
  • BigD_U.S.M."HD"Vet. 2013/06/21 12:33:42
    Yes
    BigD_U.S.M."HD"Vet.
    for a "Repo'd H.U.D. house.."?
  • Squirrel 2013/06/21 01:51:54
    Yes
    Squirrel
    Yes if you are buying an expensive house but other than that dont go through the hassel.
  • **StarzAbove** 2013/06/20 00:41:13
    Yes
    **StarzAbove**
    yes
  • Meako 2013/06/19 08:37:41
    Yes
    Meako
    Way to much paper work
  • Nonpartisan 2013/06/18 21:36:11 (edited)
    No
    Nonpartisan
    No, and I would be VERY careful about Lawyers also even though you will need one to be sure the paperwork is proper and legal there are just too many bad and dishonest or incompetent ones out there.
  • Erik 2013/06/18 14:30:39
    No
    Erik
    +1
    You get ripped off. Why should I pay some jackass $20,000 to help me find a house?
  • Lady Winters 2013/06/18 14:06:00
    Yes
    Lady Winters
    yep, we did and she was awesome. We had trouble finding a home and then suddenly she found one and it was perfect.
  • susan 2013/06/18 11:01:36
    Yes
    susan
    Yes, instead of handling all of the small details myself, it made more sense to use a realtor. Even when we sold our house after moving, we used a realtor.
  • DLester 2013/06/18 10:59:31
    Yes
    DLester
    I think it makes more sense to use an agent.
  • Callaway 2013/06/18 10:40:57
    Yes
    Callaway
    Did and would again if the situation presented itself.
  • Playerazzi 2013/06/18 06:06:35
    No
    Playerazzi
    Our first home we did, our second home we did not.

    YMMV.
  • EvilMonkey 2013/06/18 05:47:37
    Yes
    EvilMonkey
    +1
    My realtor was great. She was a wealth of information and advise. She knew the better areas to buy into. Within days she found what we were looking for and we were moving in within three weeks.
  • Truth Matters 2013/06/18 04:30:19
  • JCLadybug 2013/06/18 03:58:51
    Yes
    JCLadybug
    I did last time...and I really don't see why you wouldn't. Most realtors are concerned with getting the best deal/price for their buyer and they get paid from commission from the seller (not the buyer). The 6% commission the seller's agent gets is split in half to pay the cost for the buyer.
  • freddy v. 2013/06/18 03:35:20
    No
    freddy v.
    In each instance i've bought a house i paid cash to the owner! The middle man unfortunately doesn't make a dime.
  • Sperry23 2013/06/17 18:01:05
    Yes
    Sperry23
    Maybe. I bought my last one directly from the owner. I saved nearly 8% on the cost (the Realtor's commission) and a large chunk of Relator "Fees".
  • Alacrity Sperry23 2013/06/22 07:07:59
    Alacrity
    However, did you get a sure and clear title or a quit claim deed? Only the former is right.
    Real Estate sales between family members can be handled without a buyers agent, but would be risky with people you don't know well.
  • Sperry23 Alacrity 2013/06/24 16:52:54 (edited)
    Sperry23
    +1
    Clear title. I made sure of it. Also made sure to check the Abstract. I was advised by a very competent agency that helps folks buy homes.
  • Mrs.Vader 2013/06/17 10:48:51
    No
    Mrs.Vader
    Wow yes and I think I'll use Quicken Loans when I do! I'm so glad I saw this on Sodahead and read all about how using an agent is the only way to go!!!
    bs meter
  • Jaynane 2013/06/17 00:28:21
    Yes
    Jaynane
    +2
    My best friend is a Realtor, and she was so helpful when I purchased my home. I couldn't have done it without her.
  • akPhilly 2013/06/16 14:33:07
    Yes
    akPhilly
    +1
    I think it depends on the situation. Like for example, when me & my husband were looking for a house, we had something very specific in mind. I really don't know that we'd have ever found the house on our own, & it was precisely what we were looking for, actually even better & the location was one we'd have never thought to look, which at the time was a very nice neighborhood, but now it has become really trendy. I would think that sometimes if you live in a city that's very populated & a decent size, it can be kind of overwhelming & it might make it easier for you to find exactly what you want. But then, the realtor was an old friend of my husband's, so it probably isn't exactly the same as just calling a realtor.
  • La Bef 2013/06/16 12:00:24
    Yes
    La Bef
    +2
    It has been my observation during my long life that you save money, aggravations and time if you let a professional do what he does every day.
  • Bibliophilic 2013/06/16 00:16:36
    No
    Bibliophilic
    +1
    Hell no, I want to live where I want to live, not where he/she wants me to live.
  • twocrows Bibliop... 2013/06/16 15:01:27
    twocrows
    +5
    ?????
    you pick the neighborhood. you choose how many bdr's and baths you want. you set any other parameters like yard size, eat-in kitchen or not, etc. then the realtor looks at houses that fit those requirements.

    when I recently bought my house, I required one with a granny flat/in-law quarters. and I picked a spot that was 6 blocks long, 4 blocks wide. 2 very narrow requirements indeed.

    and she came through with every one of my points at a time when the number of houses available is falling like a stone. aamof, the house I got was temporarily off market. I wouldn't have found it at all without having an insider asking around among her colleagues.

    just sayin.
  • P. Sturm 2013/06/16 00:09:56
    No
    P. Sturm
    +1
    I do well enough alone.
  • elisabeth.grace2 2013/06/15 17:41:37
    No
    elisabeth.grace2
    +1
    I don't think its best as tjey may push a mortage and that's not good you shouldn't buy house till can buy it out right
  • twocrows elisabe... 2013/06/18 01:12:33
    twocrows
    in that case, the vast majority of people would never own their own homes.
    the recent unpleasantness in re mortgages doesn't mean one should never, ever have one.

    if all your money is tied up in your home, what do you do when your kids want to go to college? tell them that that's just too bad because there's no liquid money in the bank? you won't even qualify for a loan to help them out if you have no cash on hand. and if you don't qualify, neither will they.

    there are good reasons for mortgages. aamof - I'm buying my current house for cash. then I'm going to turn around and refinance it. keeping all my cash tied up in the house just makes no sense for my situation. or most situations when you come right down to it.
  • Erica twocrows 2013/06/19 02:43:39
    Erica
    why would you buy a house with all of your cash? you shouldn't be spending more than like... 50% of your income on your house if that.
  • siouxthegal 2013/06/15 17:25:12
    Yes
    siouxthegal
    When and if you find one that you trust and know they are looking out for your good, then go for it. I watch HGTV a lot and you can learn a lot.

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