Any licensed real estate agent can act as a Buyers Agent, just as any licensed Doctor can perform brain surgery. But if you were going to have brain surgery wouldn't you want a Specialist?
What's the difference? The difference is training, experience, and commitment to knowing everything they can learn about their specialty. Any good Doctor knows quite a bit about brain surgery. In fact he or she knows just enough about brain surgery to know that you need a Specialist if you need brain surgery.
Would you want to use a "part time" brain surgeon?
Ordinary Agents list houses (most of the time), "help" Buyer's (some of the time) (note: when "helping" a Buyer, the Agent represents the Seller and is duty bound to get the highest price and best possible terms for the Seller), act as Dual Agents (some of the time), Facilitators (some of the time), Appointed Agents (some of the time), Designated Agents (some of the time), and in some areas even work as "non-agents" (some of the time) so they can "put deals together". In other words, they are "part time" Buyers Agents.
By the way, you will pay the same price for an Agent who is a "part time" Buyers Agent as you will pay for a full time Buyer Specialist, so why not get the real expert?
Do yourself a favor. Before you decide which Agent to use, talk to someone who has the specialized experience necessary to do an outstanding job of representing you and is dedicated 100% to serving Home Buyers!
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The value of a home is determined by it's "Market Value". Market Value is defined as the price a willing seller will accept and a willing buyer will pay for a property that has been exposed to the market for a reasonable length of time.
To determine Market Value you look at similar homes in the same area that have sold recently (preferably within the last 6 months) These are called "comparable sales." These are homes that compare closely to the one you are wanting to purchase. They should be similar in square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, garage space, lot size, and type of construction.
Finding comparable sales is easier if the home is part of a tract of homes where you are most likely to find the same models to compare against one another. If it is not in a tract if is often more difficult to find sales to compare to.
Real estate agents have access to the records of recent sales as well as descriptions of the homes that have sold recently.The agent will know how to properly interpret this data and adjust it to compensate for varying condition of the homes and any additions or variances on each property
A Buyers Agent will provide you with all the data you need, interpret that data for you, and assist you in determining what to offer for a home.
While a Sellers Agent can provide the raw data, they are not allowed to help you evaluate that data or to assist you in determining what the home is worth or what your offering price should be.