Many people contact a friend or relative who is a real estate agent when they are ready to purchase their next home. There are thousands of agents in the OKC metro area. All they need to do is drive you around and show you houses, right? In fact, looking at houses is just one small part of what a Realtor will do for you as a buyer.
Your Realtor is Your Neighborhood Expert
A busy Realtor like me is out selling homes every day all over the Oklahoma City metro area. We see hundreds of homes each year in a variety of price ranges and conditions, and help buyers make offers and purchase homes every day. We understand the local market conditions better than anyone. Need to know if prices are trending upwards or downwards? We can help. Need to know if it is faster to drive to Tinker Air Force Base from Moore or Choctaw? We have you covered. (It depends on where you live in each city.) We can provide advice on schools, taxes, activities, planned future developments, and an entire host of neighborhood knowledge.
Your Realtor is Your Negotiator
Your Realtor also helps you when negotiating the purchase of your home with from a potential seller. Just like in business acquisition talks or hostage situations, a good Realtor is trained in negotiations and skilled and understanding both parties and working to build consensus and a positive outcome for all parties. I have helped hundreds of families with buying their home. I act as an intermediary so that you can detach the emotion from the process and look at offers objectively.
Access to Resources
I have an extensive network of lenders, home inspectors, repairmen and other contractors that can help you when making what is probably the most expensive purchase of your life. My close relationship with various title companies can help smooth transactions when they become tricky and make sure the title to your new home is clear. I can recommend experienced general home inspectors that can provide you advice on your proposed purchase, and help you understand any flaws that might exist in the prospective home. After your purchase I can recommend handymen for repairs, carpet companies to help with flooring, and plumbers or electricians if you need additions or remodeling done.
Best Real Estate Web Site in OKC Metro
As you browse my web site I think you will find it the most comprehensive real estate web site in Oklahoma. Not only do we offer valuable guidance and resources to buying your home, it also offers the most up-to-date listing information in the industry. Our listings are pulled nightly directly from the OKC Metro MLS, which means my site is updated with new listings on the market, homes that have recently sold, and any homes that are pending. You can create an account on my web site and set up custom search criteria so that when a new listing comes onto the market that meet your criteria, my web site will email that information to you immediately. That allows you (and me) to be the first people to know about the best listing hot on the market.
Our team is one of the most technically savvy real estate teams in central Oklahoma. Our site was the very first in Oklahoma to have live feeds from the MLS on our web site. Our team works mostly paperless using technologies such as Authentisign to electronically sign much of the mountains of paperwork needed in a real estate transaction. This speeds your home purchase and makes it easier for out-of-town buyers to close on a home. We regularly work with buyers from out of state and our electronic signature system makes this quick and efficient.
Our sophisticated Transaction Desk system means all the paperwork for your transaction is kept on-line in a paperless environment. We can easily send out the documents via email on a moments notice. No more shuffling all over town to sign papers or sending reams of faxes back and forth. This allows you to make offers quickly and negotiate on a timely basis even if you are traveling or out of town. This works especially well for military families when one spouse may be deployed overseas.
What is a Realtor?
Not all real estate agents are Realtors. Realtor is a trademark of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), and only members of NAR can call themselves Realtors. As a NAR member, we are bound by a Code of Ethics that help protect clients and ensure that members practice in a highly ethical manner. NAR also requires periodic training of members and provides many educational opportunities and advanced designations for NAR members. Any complaints from clients are taken seriously and NAR provides a formal process for complaint handling and member discipline. All this helps ensure you, our real estate client, that you are working with a highly skilled professional that takes ethics and customer service seriously.
Do NOT Call a Yard Sign
Inexperienced buyers will often drive around a neighborhood and if they see a home that interests them, call the agent on the sign. This is not the best way to go about finding a home. It is important to realize that the agent listed on the sign is working for the home seller – not you. They are bound contractually to help the home seller get the maximum price for their home. In Oklahoma they can legally work for both parties, but a Realtor must work for one of the parties in a transaction as a hands off, impartial “transaction” broker. This means they cannot advise one of the parties as to pricing, negotiations, etc.
Your best bet is to form a relationship with a Realtor like me who has your best interests at heart. I would become your agent and represent your best interests in the transaction. The listing agent would represent the seller. My job is to work for YOU and make sure you get the best deal for your home purchase. It is in my contract I will sign with you.
How do I get Paid?
When a real estate agent lists a property, they sign a listing agreement with the seller. Under that agreement they negotiate the fee for selling the property. In nearly every case, that fee is split between the listing agent and the buyer’s agent (me in this case). Hence, as a buyer’s agent my fee is paid by the seller, but I am contractually obligated to represent the best interests of my buyer while the listing agent is contractually obligated to represent the seller. This works well so that each party is represented equally in the transaction. As always, the goal for any real estate transaction is a win-win for everyone involved.