Carrie in Silver Spring
First-time buyer? Or, were you turned off by your last experience with a realtor? Feel safe and supported again by using an "exclusive buyer's agent" Thank goodness a friend referred me to them! We moved to Silver Spring, MD in late 2018 and were ready to buy a house for the first time...I had some trepidation because from afar, and for many years as a renter, the process of actually buying property had seemed intimidating and fraught with conflicts of interest.
What I learned is that one CAN avoid those risks and fears (which are for real) - but only by working with an "exclusive buyer's agent" like Vic and Marshall. They truly represented us, with no hidden allegiances to the seller. They don't work with sellers, at all! They're all about the buyer and fighting for them...
And I could feel that difference -- I felt like I had a true advocate by my side during the week I worked with them both. Some afternoons I went out looking at houses with both of them, and some afternoons I went with Marshall or Vic. They always compared notes or called each other from the field to get input...Marshall has extensive home repair and carpentry experience, so he can look at a house's "bones" and appliances and look for evidence of water damage.
Victoria can do that too and has wonderful psychological gifts, and I felt she was always really LISTENING to me as we looked at homes, and gradually, without any rushing, she sussed out what I wanted in a house, often before I was conscious of that. They both taught me so much as we went. On our last day together, Vic found a new neighborhood that perfectly fit what I actually wanted in a neighborhood, and together we looked at five houses that were available. Because she had zeroed in so well on what I wanted, any one of the five houses would have been fine, but Vic and Marshall helped us make an offer on my favorite house, and we got it under contract for less than the asking price!
Then they kept working with us -- holding our hands legally, financially, and emotionally -- while we went under contract, did the inspection, and all the way through closing. They explained things so well and connected us with reliable and trustworthy inspectors and title companies (while always giving us a choice).
And they've stayed in touch -- suggesting home-care services when we've asked, and even emailing suggestions on fun activities in the area for us or our six-year-old.
I'm now a proud homeowner and a fierce advocate for "exclusive buyer's agents." Don't do this any other way. Learn why journalists like ourselves and skeptical attorneys prefer them too. And walk away from home buying feeling protected, served, and welcomed to your new community.