Finding A Real Estate Agent
What’s a Realtor®?
Look 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.
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
Who do They Represent?
Only 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
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.
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.