Specialized Buyers Agent Answers Real Estate Questions

Q. I am using a buyer’s agent to look for a new home. She is very picky about the houses we go to see. Do you think that is OK? Shouldn’t I see everything? M. Barnes, Villanova, PA

A. That is a very good question. Should you see everything? I guess it depends on why you are using an agent. A good buyer’s agent will help you look for the right house and focus on things that really matter—not the paint colors, fancy decorating and shiny new appliances. If you just want someone to unlock the doors and let you look, then maybe go see everything. I like to screen the bad houses and explain why (on a busy road, too close to commercial district, not a good school system, etc.) For the ones we do go to see, I have a lot to say, such as:

OUTSIDE

I think curb appeal is over rated and I like to remind my buyers that you can fix a lot of curb appeal issues with paint and landscaping. More important factors are the location of the home on the lot—is it on a downhill or uphill slope– the direction it faces, how you enter the home and how low maintenance the exterior is. Other things to look for are the age of the roof and windows (expensive and overlooked costs of a new home) and what exterior space the home offers—a deck or patio or porch. These add value.

INSIDE

I always take my buyers to the kitchen first. Forget the granite counters for now. First look at how much light gets into the kitchen and where the user faces—it is out into the room or a window or will you be looking into a wall? Is there a pantry? Is there room to eat either at a counter or at a table? Last but not least, look at the cabinets, counters and appliances.

BASEMENT

Always check the basement. Do the sniff test for water issues—it is the best way to know if there has been a problem. If the laundry is here, is it pleasant enough to want to go there? Look at the heating system for general condition. Read any maintenance records. See how neat the electric panel looks—sure sign of a good electrician.

REST OF HOUSE

It is the exterior, kitchen and basement that contain the biggest money items. The remainder of the house should be attractive, functional in layout, have adequate storage and appear to have been well maintained (look for calked tubs, clean fireplaces, etc.).

 

 

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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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