Frequently Asked Questions
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Am I Ready to Be a Homeowner?
Absolutely! We work with all types of home buyers from first-time to vacation homes. We will help you throughout every step of the home buying process.
How much does it cost to hire a buyer’s agent?
The secret many buyers don’t know is that hiring me as a buyer’s agent costs you NOTHING (unless it is agreed upon by the buyer and agent in writing) and may save you thousands. Our commission usually comes out of the seller’s fees at closing and is typically split with the seller’s realtor. Usually, in a “for sale by owner” situation, the seller will pay the buyer’s agent a fee.
Why do I need a buyer’s agent to help me find a home to buy?
As a licensed agent, we rely on the centralized Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database to give you the most up-to-date information. Many real estate websites are updated manually and a property may already be off the market by the time you see the listing. You’re always welcome to send any listings you find on your own and we can check their status before you get your hopes set on them.
Why do I need my own agent as a home buyer?
While any real estate agent can facilitate a sale by arranging property showings, assisting with securing financing, explaining real estate forms and contracts, and monitoring the sale process, only a buyer’s agent is truly subjective and working for you.
We point out reasons not to buy a particular property and negotiate the best price and terms for you, adding contingencies in sales contracts that protect you and keep confidential any information that could hurt your bargaining position.
Do I Need a Home Warranty?
It’s always in the best interest to get a home warranty when purchasing a home. Our agents will help you with this process. As your buyer’s agent, many times we can negotiate to have the sellers absorb the cost of the home warranty in the closing costs.
How are you different than other agents who call themselves buyer’s agents?
A buyer’s agent is the purest form of representation available to a buyer.
We will show you all possible homes on the market, ranging from those represented by other agencies to “for sale by owner” properties (if the owner allows us to show their property). If we don’t know the answer to a question, we will find it!
Our goal is to help you fairly assess all available homes that fit your criteria and negotiate a fair price. It is not against Tennessee State Real Estate Law to represent a buyer and seller in the same transaction, it is our personal policy not to.
How many years have you lived in East Tennessee?
Dianne Royer, the House Hunter Reality broker has lived in East Tennessee for over 20 years! Her combined knowledge with our team of agents can help ensure you find the perfect property in the perfect location!
How many years have you been a real estate agent?
Dianne has been a real estate agent for over 17 years!
What are your standard terms and conditions for working as a buyer’s agent?
Our terms are very transparent! We are happy to send you a Buyer’s Agency form to review at your request and answer any questions you may have. Please fill out our contact form and we will get a copy sent over to you!