An ABR® Is Your Advocate When Buying a Home

Unlike what you may see on some popular television shows, most buyers will look at about 10 houses before making a decision — not three. More importantly, there are a myriad of issues that pop up along the way.  In particular, our local market will be vastly different from what is shown on TV is other areas of the country.

It would help to have someone you can trust to help navigate the process. An Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®) is your ace in the hole when buying a home.

An ABR® is not just a REALTOR® with a group of letters behind the name: An ABR® is a specialized practitioner who has demonstrated a commitment to working with buyers.

To become an ABR®, a REALTOR® must first show successful completion of transactions representing the buyer. A REALTOR® also must complete required coursework, including the designation's core course which teaches agents buyer representation, negotiation strategies, and best practices and procedures between contract and closing.

ABRs® are trained to work as hard for the buyer as the listing agent does for the seller. When every dollar of a purchase price counts, it pays to have someone trained to negotiate the price, terms and conditions to your advantage: Only a buyer's agent can do that for you.

As a home buyer, you deserve to be represented. A buyer's agent, particularly an ABR®, forms a relationship with a client; no different from the relationship a seller has when signing a listing agreement with an agent. Just as the listing agent can't disclose her seller's bottom line, an ABR® cannot disclose their client's maximum.

That means an ABR® works to keep your information confidential and provides counseling that works to your advantage — not the seller's. Unless you sign a buyer agency agreement, you are at the mercy of the seller.

While any agent can represent a buyer, not all buyer's agents have the experience and dedication of an ABR®. There are many benefits to establishing a written relationship with your ABR®. With a signed buyer agency agreement, you become a client and therefore have certain rights

If you are a general customer (someone who has no written agency relationship), your interests are subordinate to the seller's. In this circumstance, the seller comes first.

The best way to be certain your interests are represented is to sign a buyer agency agreement with a trained buyer's rep: an Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®).

I am proud to have earned the ABR® designation and look forward to putting my knowledge, experience, and expertise to work for you!

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