Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agent
Making an investment in Tahoe Real Estate is more than just about buying a home, or condo in your price range. It’s my job as your Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agent to help you find the right property and location so you can “Live the Tahoe Lifestyle ~ Your Way!”
I’m here to help you put the massive amounts of real estate data, information, and listings you are finding on the internet into perspective.
My job is to help you understand the different Tahoe neighborhoods, locations, features, and choices. What adds value, things to consider that are unique to our area, and finding the right opportunities for you.
You know what you want, so let the experience that a Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agent / REALTOR® has, help you to find the right property.
Here is what to expect when you work with Laura Allen, Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agent / REALTOR®.
Initial Meeting: At our first meeting you will receive my Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Welcome Packet, which includes the following:
Local Area Map Guide & Information Book: Buyer tips and Tahoe information.
Newsletter: If numbers and market data are your thing, you’ll appreciate this newsletter.
Sample Contract Documents: Agency, California Association of REALTORS® Residential Purchase Contract, and local disclosures.
Special Disclosures: Information on Short Sales, Bank Foreclosure REO Properties (special disclosures).
I will also have a special Tahoe Property Tour Guide for the day, which includes the following:
Property List: A detailed list of all Tahoe properties we are going to see that day.
Property Details: Detailed property information on each property.
Property Map: A detailed area map showing you where each property is located.
Professional Presentation: Your information is printed in color and is bound together so you’ll have it available for you to write your notes in. You’ll know which properties you liked, and which ones you didn’t like.
On-Going Service: I will set you up for automated property alerts for all Tahoe properties in your price range that meet your needs to be sent to you as soon as they are entered into our system.
Remember, as your Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agent I can represent you on:
Any property in our MLS system regardless of who the listing broker is on
Any property you find on the Internet.
Any neighborhood property you find driving through the area.
Any For Sale By Owner property.
Contract Negotiations: You should know that I have extensive experience in negotiating in multiple offer situations, short sales, REO’s, estate sales, and the standard equity sale for single family homes, condominiums and vacant lots. I’m here to help guide you through the entire buyer-seller negotiation process.
Property Investigation/Buyer Due Diligence: In escrow I’ll be there to help you through the Buyer Due Diligence phase and your physical investigation of the property.
You’ll need local home inspectors, pest inspectors, contractors/trade professionals and I have people ready for you to select from. You’ll find that you’re not alone, and that I’ve surrounded you with skilled professionals.
Closing Escrow: Once it’s time for the transaction to close, I’ll be here to help you with the final details. Perhaps it’s getting meeting a delivery truck, or letting a contractor in to do some repairs or make some upgrades. I understand that as a second home owner, this level of service is what you’ll need to make a smooth move into your new Tahoe home.
Cost of a Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agent – $0 additional dollars: Typically there is no additional charge, fee, or commission paid by the buyer when you have your own Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agent in our area.
Most sellers include a buyers’ agent fee in their total selling costs, and the buyer side agent commission is paid at the close of escrow through the Cooperating Broker Provision in our local Multiple Listing Service and typically appears as a separate line item on the closing statement for the Seller Side.
The Seller pays the total real estate commission to their broker, who pays the Buyers’ agent Broker their portion from that total fee paid by the Seller.
There can be exceptions to this situation, so if you are concerned about broker fees, ask how your agent is being paid before making an offer so there are no surprises later.
Buyer Myth: A common buyer myth that many believe is true is if they use the same agent the seller has (listing agent) that they will get a better deal with the seller because the entire commission on the buyers’ side is saved by the seller.
Commissions are negotiated before the home was put on the market.
If there is any commission saving to the seller it is often a commission reduction on the total amount paid of about 1%, or less, against the total commissions paid when the sellers’ agent represents both sides, not a removal of the Buyer side agent fees.
With such a small savings, what is the negotiation really costing you when you don’t have your own Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agent?
Using the agent that is working directly for the seller can be beneficial, but buyers really need to think about what their goals are by using the same agent as the seller.
So what does that possible saving mean in real numbers? If the property is say $1,000,000, there could be a possible $10,000 saving to the Seller, but as a Buyer, don’t you think you could negotiate a better deal that saves you more than $10,000?
When you are only on one side of the transaction, it is easy for you to focus on those goals and objectives.
As your Tahoe Buyer’s Real Estate Agent it is my goal to put money in your pocket, or to help you get you the best terms, or to help you be successful in a multiple offer situation. My focus is on you!
After the Purchase: After the escrow is over, I’ll be here to welcome you to your new home. You may find in the weeks, months, even years after you’ve closed on your new Tahoe home that you may need local assistance. I’m just a phone call, text message, or email away. I’m here to help even after the sale is completed.
As Your Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agent / REALTOR®, my goal is to be your local advocate, provide exceptional service, add value to your real estate transaction, and to provide support. My job is to make the entire process enjoyable, organized and informed.
Not all Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agents are the same. In the Lake Tahoe – Truckee, California real estate market, you’re expecting more, and I want to exceed those expectations. These are just some of the things that I will do when I work for you as your Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agent!
Everyone should have representation; talk to Laura Allen your Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agent.
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Buyers and Sellers should investigate and verify all information to their own satisfaction.
Tahoe Buyers’ Real Estate Agent