Should You Use an Agent When You Buy a Home?

If you’re a first-time home buyer, the process of purchasing your dream home can be overwhelming and seem complicated. Where do you begin? The first question most people ask themselves is: Should I use a real estate agent?

The Real Money

Here’s the first thing you need to know, it’s not free to use an agent! A traditional buyer’s agent typically earns a 3% commission on the sale of a house. So a $300,000 house means $9,000 goes directly to the buyer’s agent. $9,000! Because homeowners often finance their homes, that $9,000 turns into even more money over the life of a 30-year loan. If you think sellers are paying this for you, think again. You see the money you bring to the table pays for both the seller’s agent and your agent. Does that sound free to you?

The Real Emotions

Houses are not a commodity where details don’t matter. Your house is YOUR HOME. The job of a real estate agent is not to decide your price range, home size, budget, and location. That is all up to you.

The Real Work

Times have changed. When your parents were buying a house, they had no way of knowing which houses were for sale until they contacted a real estate agent. According to the National Association of Realtors, the majority of home buyers today search for and often find their own homes without their agent, usually by browsing the internet or driving around their targeted neighborhoods. This is just one more part of the job that used to be on the agent that is now in the hands of the buyer. Keep in mind that even though buyers now perform many tasks once executed by buying agents, you’ll end up paying the full buyer agent commission.

The Real Focus

In the book Freakonomics, world-renowned economist Steven Levitt published his thoughts about the misalignment between the interests of real estate agents and those of their clients. Agents are better served if sales happen quickly and at a high price. Buyers are best served if the home is right—even if it takes a long time to find—and the price is low. The studies he cites clearly show that agents are choosier, take more time, and find better deals in buying and selling their own homes than those of their clients. If you do decide to use a traditional buyer’s agent, never make an offer until you are sure the house, the price, and the details of the home loan are a good match for you.

Who’s Got Your Back?

In the golden days of real estate agents, buyers had little knowledge of how to navigate the sea of professionals necessary for making a home purchase and had to rely on recommendations from their agents. These days, a quick internet search can give buyers tips on how to find and choose everything from a lender to a title company.

Welcome to Homie. Homie is a one-stop platform that provides you with a dedicated buyer’s agent to help you through your journey and an easy-to-use app to make the process simple. On top of having an experienced agent on your side, you can keep up to 50% of our commission.* Say whaat?

Should You Hire an Agent?

Yeah! A Homie agent! Skip the traditional way of selling your home and get buying with Homie. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home and save. Click here to start browsing homes in your area.

*Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the Buyer Broker Agreement.

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