Finding A Real Estate Agent

 

What’s a Realtor®?

realor logo compressedLook for a Realtor®, an agent who belongs to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). They are bound by a standard of ethics that prescribes acceptable actions to all parties. Not all agents are members.

Designated Specialist

Group of businesspeople having a meeting.Check to see if the agent has taken the time to be trained as a specialist in any area. And what other specialty skills they may have. Linda Walters, owner and broker of Sage Realty, has obtained the designations of ABR®, ePRO®, ALHS® and SRES® in addition to being a licensed
attorney.

Who do They Represent?

lenderpagephotoOnly a  few agents refuse to represent both buyer and seller on a transaction. Even fewer make it their policy to sign a contract with fiduciary duties when they represent buyers. Look for an agent that represents you, the home buyer. With Sage Realty there is never a conflict of interest. You are our first and only priority.

Recognized by Clients

There is no better proof of the quality of an agent than unsolicited praise from satisfied clients. An agent who has earned the “5 Star Realtor” award has been reviewed and acknowledged by actual clients. The recognition is annually in the September issue of Philadelphia Magazine.

Linda Walters has been awarded Philadelphia Magazine’s “5 Star Realtor” status for over 7 years.

Visit Testimonials to read actual reviews.

How to Chose a Real Estate Agent

Option #1

Buying a home can be one of the most stressful and confusing processes for a consumer. Many people begin by perusing real estate web sites looking at photos of homes and reading the glowing descriptions. This marks a critical point in selecting your agent. Do you call the number on the home listing that was too enticing to resist? Did you know by taking this step you are choosing an agent? That same agent that is now representing you has an agreement with the seller requiring him or her to do their very best to get the best deal for them (not you). In many cases, that agreement says that if the agent also brings a buyer (re: YOU) to the table, they get paid twice as much.

Option #2

Perhaps you take a different approach when starting the home buying process and you decide to research agents first, rather than homes. Specifically, agents that have a reputation for going above and beyond for their buyers. Smart move!

You’ve officially made the first step toward choosing your own agent.

Now you get an agent with an obligation to treat you with a fiduciary duty—the highest standard—as if they were buying for themselves. In most cases, you are not obligated to pay the agent anything—the commission is built into the price already and is the same one that listing agent was going to take home as an extra bonus if you used him or her. Expect this agent to make you feel like they care about the result, not just their commission.

The Added Bonus

Let’s talk about the additional steps you can make to ensure you get the best possible option when choosing an agent. By selecting a Specialized Buyer Agent, who never represents both sides of the deal, you’re ensuring your agent is working hard for you, the buyer.

Sage Realty is a specialized agency, only representing one side of any transaction. As a specialized buyer agent we seek out the best home options for our clients, advising on the best ways to make offers, inspect the home thoroughly and are tenacious in getting you the right contract terms. We never represent buyers looking at our listings (or sellers where we are bringing the buyer). We never put ourselves in a situation for a conflict of interest.

At Sage you are guaranteed personalized service. We are looking for the best way to serve you. Contact Sage, The Main Line’s Specialized Buyers Agency.

 

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.