According to the National Association of Realtors® publication 'Agency - Choices, Challenges, and Opportunities', Exclusive Buyer Agency is: "The practice of representing only buyers and never sellers in a transaction. The company never lists a seller's property and thus never has a seller as a client. Agents never accept subagency that is offered by a seller's agent" (pg. 25).
Recently, a lot of traditional Agents have started advertising that they will represent buyer's. While this is legal in most states even the National Association of Realtors® warns it's members: "Buyer agency is viable method of practicing real estate, but an agent should be cautious in her approach if she is not thoroughly knowledgeable about the entire process. Agents who are used to working with buyers as seller's subagents need to be aware of the new duties and potential liabilities of buyer's agents before changing the form of representation they offer." (pg. 18).
This publication goes on to say that Exclusive Buyer Agency "Promotes a more natural relationship for agents working with buyers" (pg. 26).
In talking about an agent who tries to offer both seller agency and buyer agency it states "The buyer and seller do not have the full range of representation" (pg. 27).
Any agent who lists properties for sale is used to representing sellers and has a legal commitment to protect the sellers interest. The agent must get the highest price possible for the property.
If the Agent, or his or her agency, lists homes for sale they cannot be an EXCLUSIVE Buyer's Agent!
San Diego County:
Agua Caliente, Agua Caliente Hot Springs, Allied Gardens, Alpine, Alpine Heights, Alta Vista, Ballena, Bankhead Springs, Banner, Barona Mesa, Barrett Junction, Barrio Logan, Bay Park, Bear Valley, Birch Hill, Blossom Valley, Bonita, Bonsall, Borrego Springs, Borrego Wells, Bostonia, Boulder Oaks, Boulevard, Broadway Heights, Buckman Springs, Buena, Cameron Corners, Campo, Camp Pendleton, Canebrake, Canyon City, Cardiff by the Sea, Carlsbad, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Carmel Valley, Cas De Oro, Castle Park, Centre City, Chollas Creek, Chollas View, Chula Vista, City Heights, Clairemont, Combs Camp, Coronado, Coronado Cays, Cottonwood, "Crest, Crown Point ", Cuyamaca, Dehesa, Del Cerro, Del Dios, Del Mar, De Luz, Descanso, Descanso Junction, Desert Lodge, Dulzura, Eagles Nest, East Elliott, Eastlake, Eastlake Greens, Echo Dell, Eden Gardens, El Cajon, Emerald Hills, Encinitas, Engineer Springs, Escondido, Eucalyptus Hills, Fairbanks Country Club, Fairbanks Ranch, Fallbrook, Fernbrook, Fleetridge, Fletcher Hills, Flinn Springs, Foster, Glen Oaks, Glenview, Golden Hill, Grant Hill, Grantville, Green Valley Falls, Grossmont, Guatay, Harbison Canyon, Harmony Grove, Harrison Park, Hidden Glen, Hidden Meadows, Hillcrest, Hulburd Grove, Imperial Beach, Indian Springs, Irving's Crest, Jacumba, Jamacha, Jamul, Jesmond Dene, Johnstown, Julian, Kearny Mesa, Kensington, Kentwood in the Pines, La Costa, La Jolla, La Jolla Amago, La Jolla Shores, Lake Henshaw, Lakeside, Lakeview, La Mesa, La Playa, La Presa, Lemon Grove, Leucadia, Lincoln Acres, Lincoln Park, Linda Vista, Live Oak Park, Live Oak Springs, Logan Heights, Loma Portal, Lomas Santa Fe, Lomita, Lynwood Hills, Manzanita, Memorial, Mesa Grande, Middletown, Midway, Miramar, Miramar Ranch, Mira Mesa, Mission Bay Park, Mission Beach, Mission Hills, Mission Valley, Mission Village, Morena Village, Moreno, Morettis, Mountain View, Mount Helix, Mount Hope, Mount Laguna, National City, Navajo, Naval Amp Base, Nestor, Normal Heights, North Bay Terraces, North Encanto, North Jamul, North Park, Oak Grove, Oak Park, Ocean Beach, Oceanside, Ocean Hills, Ocotillo Wells, Old Town, Olivenhain, Otay, Otay Mesa, Pacific Beach, Pala, Pala Mesa Village, Palm City, Palomar Mountain, Palo Verde, Paradise Hills, Paso Picacho, Pauma Valley, Peninsula, Pine Hills, Pine Valley, Point Loma, Potrero, Poway, Puerta La Cruz, Rainbow, Ramona, Ranchita, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Del Rey, Rancho Palo Verde, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Rincon, Rock Haven, Rolando, Rosemont, Roseville, Sabre Springs, San Carlos, San Diego, San Diego Country Estates, San Felipe, San Ignacio, San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey Heights, San Marcos, San Onofre, San Pasqual, Santa Ysabel, Santee, San Ysidro, Scissors Crossing, Scripps Miramar Ranch, Serra Mesa, Shady Dell, Shelltown, Shelter Valley Ranchos, Sherman Heights, Skyline, Solana Beach, Sorrento Hills, Sorrento Mesa, Sorrento Valley, South Bay Terraces, Southcrest, South Encanto, South Oceanside, South Park, Spring Valley, Stockton, Sunnyside, Sunshine Summit, Talmadge, Tecate, The Narrows, The Willows, Tierra Del Sol, Tierrasanta, Tijuana River Valley, Torrey Pines, Twin Oaks, University City, University Heights, Uptown, Valencia Park, Vallecito, Valley Center, Via De La Valle, Victoria, Vista, Warner Springs, Whispering Pines, Winter Gardens, Winterwarm, Witch Creek, Wynola
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Economic Stability-A declining employment rate in a area spells trouble for the future resale possibilities of a home.
Community Pride-How well is the community maintained? Is there litter in the streets and lawns that are obviously not cared for properly?
Municipal Services-Is there a public library and how well is it stocked? What are the crime statistics? Is the police force effective and responsive to community needs? Are fire stations located nearby so that they also can respond quickly in an emergency? Does the city have well maintained and parks? Community events, such as an annual parade? Are there activities available for all ages from children through senior citizens?
A good real estate agent will have amassed a wealth of information on these subjects.
Schools-Even if you don't have children or your children are grown and gone from home, schools are very important. They reflect the community's willingness to invest in it's future by providing a quality education for their children. Check to see how local students score on the standardized tests. You can ask your agent about these things, and there are also school reports available for free on the Internet. You can also obtain the phone number of the local school district and check with them yourself.
Property Taxes-While we all like to see lower property taxes, as some point they can be too low and not provide enough money for the city to provide proper services for their residents. While you do not want to live in a community that taxes it's homeowners excessively, it is important to strike a balance between taxes and quality of infrastructure (streets, sewers, water supply).