Answers to Home Buyers Questions from a Buyer’s Agent

Linda Walters, Buyers Agent and owner of Sage Realty, responded to many home buyers questions over the years. Here are some of those questions and answers:

How does a Sage get paid?

Sage has no minimal fee or commission rate. We will show you any lot or home no matter how low the commission to us. We will always tell you the commission offered to the buyer’s agent. We are paid out of the commission amount that the seller agreed to pay the seller’s agent in the listing agreement as offered to us when the property is listed on the MLS. It is usually half of what the seller’s agent takes.

What Do Those Initials Mean?

Sage agents have been trained and certified in many areas, including:

ABR: Accredited Buyer Agent. The designation is awarded by the Real Estate Buyer Agent Council (REBAC) only to REALTORS® who meet specific educational and experiential criteria. 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 and has the education and experience you want in a realtor.

Esq: Denotes that the agent is also an attorney and trained as an advocate and skilled at negotiating for you.

e-PRO: This title means the agent has passed a rigorous course centered around real estate technology.

SRES: Senior Real Estate Specialist. A REALTOR® who has qualified to specifically address the needs of buyers aged 50 or over through major financial and lifestyle transitions in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home.

ALHS: Accredited Luxury Homes Specialist. A REALTOR® who has taken specialized training to address the fine points of the luxury home market.

Sage is a new type of agency: one which accepts listings but never wavers from our commitment to fully represent only one side- either the home buyer or home seller.

Fireworks - Sage Realty is a buyers agent or a sellers agent, never both in a transaction

Why would a buyer agent ever represent a seller? Isn’t that a conflict of interest?

For many years, Sage only represented Buyers. We worked hard to establish trust and a good relationship with each one. And now, they think of Sage as their real estate company. Some are starting to think about buying a new home with Sage—maybe they have outgrown it or want a different school system. They would like to have Sage manage the process so that the sale of their existing house works together with the purchase of their new one.

In the past, we have referred these listings out to the best agents for that particular home/client. Sometimes that was a good fit and sometimes not. But what it wasn’t was the right way to treat these loyal clients.

New Platform

So, now Sage has a new business platform. While we represent buyers alone in almost every circumstance, we represent sellers too. Is that a conflict of interest? Well, it would be if we were also trying to bring the buyers to that listing in order to get double commission while being unable to truly represent the interests of either side. But we never do that. Ever.

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)

 

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

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.