FAQ2

What is a Buyer Agency?

Unless specifically agreed otherwise, a real estate agent represents the seller in a property transaction. That agent’s responsibility is to protect the seller’s position – not the buyer’s! With a buyer agent, you are assured that your agent is working to promote only your interests. A buyers agent is paid from the commission on the sale of a home. Any home listed in the MLS, Multiple Listing Service, advertises a contracted commission to any agent who represents a buyer for the property. Avoid the four biggest mistakes many buyers make.

Is a Higher Price Needed to Cover This?

That is almost always NOT TRUE because the seller has ALREADY agreed to pay a full (read double) commission to his or her agent which they only have to share IF the buyer has his or her own agent. If the buyer does not, the seller still has to pay the higher amount. The contract does not allow there to be a savings if there is not a buyer’s agent. So two agents is not a recipe for a higher price. But it is a recipe for real negotiations.

Why select Sage as a buyers agent over a regular Agent?

A Sage agent will never try to sell you a house listed through Sage. Even if you have designated a “regular” agent to be your agent they may still have listings. That potential for conflicts can be eliminated by using a buyer’s agent whose office policy is not to tout its listings. Plus, it’s like using a medical specialist. All they do is address buyer issues.

Will the Agent Want to Push for a Higher Price?

If an agent is compensated based on the sales price, won’t that agent have an incentive to push a higher price? You might think so, but the difference in commission is actually not worth an unhappy client. If the agent has done his or her job you will be educated as to the correct price and will know you are not overpaying.

Can A Buyer Agency Help Me Sell My Home?

Of course! Sage acts as a Buyers Agency for Buyers, but as a Listing Agency, with a contractual responsibility to you, the seller, if you are selling.

Can I Add an Agent Later?

If you attend an open house without an agent can you retain your own agent later if you decide to buy the house?
Depends. Many listing agents will balk at sharing a commission if they feel they “sold” you on the house at the open house. Better to have your agent first.

What are all those initials?

When you see “ABR” after an agent’s name, you know you’re working with a committed agent whose focus is on your best interests. This designation is awarded by the Real Estate Buyer Agent Council (REBAC) only to REALTORS® who meet specific educational and experiential criteria. It stands for Accredited Buyer Agent.

An “Esq.” means the person is also an attorney, trained as an advocate and skilled at negotiating for YOU.

“EPro” means the agent has passed a rigorous course centered around real estate technology.

“SRES,” Senior Real Estate Specialist, is a Realtor® who has qualified to specifically address the needs of buyers 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home.

“ALHS,” Accredited Luxury Homes Specialist, is a Realtor® who has taken specialized training to address the fine points of the luxury home buyer.

 

Featured Testimonial

I moved to PA from Washington State and learned that realty is local. There were things that I thought I knew about buying a house previously but boy was I wrong. Linda was very patient with me but also did not hold back when she saw potential problems, and always made sure I had all the information I needed before making a decision and didn’t belittle concerns to just get a sale. Above all else, and this was the most important thing to me, Linda has a high ethical standard, is very transparent in her approach and is someone I trusted making one of the biggest decisions of my life. – A. Lindsay (Courtesy of Google)

 

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  • "We were so pleased that a co-worker recommended someone in the area that she trusted. Boy, did we strike gold on all counts. You are amazing!"
  • "Instead of trying to take advantage of conflicts of interest, she puts the client's interests first."
  • "Linda is a hardworking, proactive and knowledgeable realtor. Throughout the process of finding and buying our new home, she was always responsive and kept us up to date on every detail."
  • "Linda and the group at Sage are the right fit. You won’t find more knowledgeable, prepared and professional agents."
  • "Linda and Tracey really know the Main Line area."
  • "Throughout the entire process we never doubted that she always had our best interests in mind. We wouldn’t consider anyone else when buying a home on the Main Line."
  • "From start to finish, Linda brought to bear a most helpful combination of experience, knowledge, attention and integrity on a somewhat complicated transaction. There was never any doubt that she represented our interests."
  • "Her knowledge of the area helped us quickly narrow our search and ultimately scored us an amazing home in an incredible neighborhood."
  • "It is hard to trust when you are not sure of the rules of the game. Working with Linda made us feel like we were family. Linda took her time to relay and explain everything in detail."
  • "Linda’s honesty and real estate savviness made for a wonderful home buying experience!"

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Hear from our Clients

  • "We were so pleased that a co-worker recommended someone in the area that she trusted. Boy, did we strike gold on all counts. You are amazing!"
  • "Instead of trying to take advantage of conflicts of interest, she puts the client's interests first."
  • "Linda is a hardworking, proactive and knowledgeable realtor. Throughout the process of finding and buying our new home, she was always responsive and kept us up to date on every detail."
  • "Linda and the group at Sage are the right fit. You won’t find more knowledgeable, prepared and professional agents."
  • "Linda and Tracey really know the Main Line area."
  • "Throughout the entire process we never doubted that she always had our best interests in mind. We wouldn’t consider anyone else when buying a home on the Main Line."
  • "From start to finish, Linda brought to bear a most helpful combination of experience, knowledge, attention and integrity on a somewhat complicated transaction. There was never any doubt that she represented our interests."
  • "Her knowledge of the area helped us quickly narrow our search and ultimately scored us an amazing home in an incredible neighborhood."
  • "It is hard to trust when you are not sure of the rules of the game. Working with Linda made us feel like we were family. Linda took her time to relay and explain everything in detail."
  • "Linda’s honesty and real estate savviness made for a wonderful home buying experience!"

Read more about what our clients have to say

Sage Buyer Tips

Use Sage Buyer Tips to research the Main Line and stay up to date on real estate news. This online destination is chock full of resources for buyers and sellers: you can see our Main Line communities or explore Sage favorite places. Browse properties here and search other Main Line real estate. With Sage’s advice and experience, first-time buyers and those looking to upgrade can find homes best suited to their needs.