Living in Chastain Park

Living in Chastain Park is an experience that is hard to describe. And yet, it’s a neighborhood people rarely want to move out of and here are some reasons why…

Chastain Park

North Fulton Golf Course

Chastain Park as a neighborhood is a collection of around 1500 homes that surround the park. The park holds a wide range of amenities with the North Fulton public golf course being the largest landmark in the middle. As you can see in the map below, Chastain Park is located inside the I-285 “perimeter” interstate loop just north of Buckhead.

Chastain Park

Want a bird’s eye perspective? Click on the photo below

Chastain Park Bird's Eye View


Real Estate:

Single family home prices in 2015 ranged from $425,000 up to $8,900,000 with the average sale price in Chastain Park currently running around $1.1M. To put that in perspective, the figure below shows the Median Home Sale Prices in each MLS area in the Metro Atlanta marketplace. Chastain Park straddles the boundary of Areas 21 & 132 (dark green in the figure below). Here is a quick link to view the homes currently listed for sale in Chastain Park.

If you have a Pinterest account, you can view sample home styles and neighborhood photos on our Chastain Park Pinterest Board.

Chastain Park


Amenities:

Chastain Park has one of the most diverse mixture of amenities of an park in the Atlanta. Below are photos of some of the primary venues.

Chastain Park

Chastain Park has wonderful wide concrete walking pathways around the perimeter.

Thanks to the Atlanta PATH foundation, concrete pathways were constructed around Chastain Park and today they are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Chastain Park PATH

Chastain Park Trail Map

Click map above for more info on The PATH Foundation

For more information and a trail map, click here. There are multiple loops winding around the park venues and mileages are marked for those with distance walking goals. Public parking is limited to the north part of the park and can be found primarily along West Wieuca Rd and in parking lots by the Chastain Horse Park.

The path is widely used at all times of the day with the flattest sections being along West Wieuca Dr and Lake Forrest Drive. The topography is rolling along Powers Ferry Rd on the left (western) side and there really are just a couple of steep sections.

The Chastain Park outdoor amphitheater hosts a wonderful blend of artists during the summer concert events. Check out the concert line up!

One of the most magical parts of attending a concert at Chastain Park is the picnic atmosphere. Pack as much as you want to haul and make it as fancy as you want. For most concerts there are reserved seating tables for six down front. It is very common to see candles, silverware, wine glasses and gourmet dishes as patrons unwind under the stars.

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The ballfields host baseball and fastpitch softball teams in the spring and then convert over for football and baseball teams in the fall.

The ballfields and gym are managed by the Northside Youth Organization (NYO) which has provided team sport experiences for countless young people over the years. Click on the link above to check out all of the sports opportunities available at the park!

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The Chastain Park Gym

Chastain Park Gym

The Chastain Park pool is operated through a public/private partnership with the Chastain Park Athletic Club.

It is also home to the 2014 ASA Champions Chastain Park Tidal Waves! As a public facility, residents of Atlanta can swim for FREE during certain hours daily.  Click here for full details and hours of operation.

Chastain Park Pool

Chastain Park Tennis Center

The Chastain Park Tennis Center features 9 hard surface lighted courts and is home to some 40 USTA & ALTA teams. Activities through Universal Tennis Academy are going on constantly thru Chastain’s MeetUp app.

Chastain Park Tennis Center

Chastain Horse Park

As one of the premiere equestrian facilities in the area, the Chastain Horse Park provides riding lessons and boarding along with therapeutic riding programs. The facility also provides event space for lease and pony parties for birthdays.

Chastain Horse Park

The Chastain Park Playground

The Chastain Park playground is nestled under the big oak trees between West Wieuca and Park Drive.

Chastain Park Playground

planned expansion is underway to more than double the size of the current footprint and add bathrooms.Play Chastain

Chastain Arts Center

The Chastain Arts Center provides a wide range programs, camps and exhibits available to the general public.

Chastain Arts Center

Another park venue is American Legion Post 140 which is tucked in the south corner of Chastain Park overlooking the path.  It is also available to rent for parties.

American Legion Post 140

If you or someone you know is considering a move to Chastain Park, contact us today.  We are working daily remain the local expert real estate expert and the best resource for Buyers and Sellers in the Chastain Park neighborhood.

Email us at michael@bunchrealestategroup.com

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What to Expect – Home Buying Disclosures

What to Expect – Home Buying Disclosures that help You prepare!

Home Buyer Disclosures

Buying a home can be more complicated than most people think. Our goal is to help our clients prepare well by offering as much information as we can up front through this library.  Below are some of the typical home buying disclosures in Georgia:

Be sure to check out our entire Buyer What to Expect series and email us at michael@BunchRealEstateGroup.com to set up a quick appointment to discuss your plans!

What to Expect – Setting up Your Home Search Radar

What to Expect – Setting up Your Home Search Radar

What to Expect - Setting up Your Home Search Radar

The second step in the home buying process, after you have established your budget with a lender, is to come into our office and get your custom search radar set up. There a several benefits to having this run directly out of the MLS! As you will see in the photo above, we can avoid homes close to interstates by constructing pockets that automatically leave a buffer zone. We can also use this tool to watch several different neighborhoods at the same time without having multiple searches running. Spending an hour with us in the office getting this set up in the beginning saves you countless hours down the road by filtering out properties that do not match your goals.

Our Results are Hyper-Focused

When homes are listed in the MLS they are categorized by areas.  The map below shows the area numbers designated by FMLS in Atlanta, GA.  These numbers are a bit cryptic because they have no correlation to zip codes or anything recognizable to the public. Yet, these area numbers are what we as agents use to build our searches when we are working with buyers. Online search tools on the other hand typically use zip codes and cities. The challenge? Zip code and city boundaries can envelop very diverse areas.

What to Expect - Setting up Your Home Search Radar

Our searches are hyper-focused so you can have the luxury of skipping the GOOD properties that may distract you from the ones that are the BEST fit. Few things are more frustrating to a home buyer than missing out on a great house because they got distracted with the fringe inventory. Curiosity can be costly!

The photo below shows the same custom search above overlaid on the MLS areas.  There is no way to do this with an online search tool. These pockets straddle 3 zip codes, multiple school districts and two MLS areas.

What to Expect - Setting up Your Home Search Radar

Our Updates are FAST

Once your Custom Search Radar is set up and running, updates come to you via email within about 10 minutes.  That means you will have access to the source MLS data virtually real-time. When inventory is low and multiple offers are common, speed matters! Online real estate search tools have a routine they use to extract and reconcile MLS data on a set schedule. These alerts may be delayed.

What to Expect – Contract Deadlines

Here’s What to Expect with the Contract Deadlines

Contract Deadlines

Deadlines drive the process once the contract is Accepted and Binding. The above dates are typical milestones in the home buying process. If you are the Buyer, this is YOUR show and your team needs to hit their marks so your Earnest Money is not put at risk. The explanations below have been prepared based on the 2015 version of the Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) residential real estate contract forms.

Deadlines, Days and Times of Day

  • Offers have Time Limits – Contracts have Deadlines.
  • Contract Deadlines are measured in Days – which end at midnight.
  • Contract Days are Calendar Days unless otherwise specified in a Special Stipulation. Business Days are very hard to define.

Binding Agreement Date:

The Binding Agreement Date is the date when an offering party receives written confirmation of the other party’s total acceptance of the presented offer terms with no changes.  The keys here are:

  • Written Confirmation
  • Total Acceptance with NO CHANGES

If anyone is making changes, you are still in the counter offer process. Until there is a set of offer terms that gets accepted by the other party without change AND within the Time Limit of Offer, there cannot be an Accepted Contract. Once this happens, that Accepted Contract becomes Binding when both Buyer and Seller have copies of the final accepted terms and the last person to receive their copy writes in the Binding Agreement Date. The Acceptance Date and the Binding Agreement Date do NOT have to be the same day.

The Binding Agreement Date is Day 0 (zero). In order to give specific Contract Deadlines, we will assume the Binding Agreement Date is the 2nd.

Date Earnest Money is Due:

This date is typically specified as a certain number of days from the Binding Agreement Date. If this number is 2 days, then the Earnest Money is due before midnight on the 4th. Failure to provide this could constitute Default.

Source of Funds is Due:

This date is typically specified as a certain number of days from the Binding Agreement Date. If this number is 5 days, then the Earnest Money is due before midnight on the 7th.Failure to provide this could constitute Default.

Due Diligence Period Ends:

This date is specified as a certain number of days from the Binding Agreement Date. If this number is 10 days, then the Due Diligence Period expires at midnight on the 12th. So, what happens at 12:01am on the 13th? The Buyer is deemed to have accepted the property “as-is” AUTOMATICALLY. This means there will be inspections, negotiations and contractor estimates going on prior to this deadline to come to an agreement regarding property condition. If no agreement is reached prior to the expiration if the Due Diligence Period, the Buyer can either send Seller written notice of termination or be willing to accept the property “as is” (in which case the Buyer does not need to take any action).

In builder and relocation contracts, this process will probably be different. Check the specific language in your contract.

Appraisal Contingency Ends:

This date is specified as a certain number of days from the Binding Agreement Date. If this number is 18 days, then the Appraisal Contingency expires at midnight on the 20th. So, what happens at 12:01am on the 21st? The option to ask the seller to reduce the price down to an appraised amount lower than the Purchase Price is forfeited. In order to request an adjusted Purchase Price from the Seller as a result of the appraisal, a written amendment making such request must be submitted to the Seller along with the appraisal PRIOR to the deadline.

If you are the Buyer, make sure your lender gets the appraisal back in time to submit an amendment to the Seller if necessary. The Seller does not have to grant an extension and you do not want to be forced to beg for one.

Financing Contingency Ends:

This date is specified as a certain number of days from the Binding Agreement Date. If this number is 21 days, then the Appraisal Contingency expires at midnight on the 23rd. So, what happens at 12:01am on the 24th? The option to get out of the contract due to loan denial is forfeited. In order to terminate the contract as a result of loan denial, a written letter citing the reason(s) for loan denial must be received from the Lender and submitted to the Seller PRIOR to the deadline.

If you are the Buyer, make sure your lender gets the loan approval from Underwriting with some time to spare. More importantly, if your loan is going to be denied, make sure your lender issues a complete and conforming loan denial letter BEFORE the deadline so it can be submitted to the Seller. The Seller does not have to grant an extension here and you do not want to be forced to beg for one.

Closing Date:

Closing Dates are not suggestions or “on or before” dates (unless specified as such).  There is language in the contract that allows for an adjustment if the date specified in the contract falls on a weekend or bank holiday (yes, in the heat of the moment this can happen).

Possession Date:

This is usually stated as a specific date or “At Closing” (which is a date and a mutually agreed upon scheduled time).

 

What to Expect – Factors Affecting Resale Value

When it comes to Factors Affecting Resale Value – Some are obvious; some are not.

Some issues are obvious – some are not. But take heart, there are always clues! And, some depend on price point. One interesting observation we have made over the years is that Agents who work with both Buyers and Sellers have a higher sensitivity to resale issues on the purchase. These agents know the pain first hand from having dealt with resale issues in the past as a Listing Agent. Conversely, an agent who specializes only in Buyer transactions may not weigh the issues below as conservatively.

Factors that DO affect a Home’s Resale Value

Location

  • Corner of Subdivision Entry (noise, privacy)
  • Lots of striping at the neighborhood entry – you KNOW there is a traffic problem when DO NOT BLOCK is written on the street.

Issues that affect resale

  • Corner Lot (lack of privacy)
  • Next Door to Neighborhood Swim/Tennis facility (lights, noise)
  • Next to Neighborhood Detention Pond (maintenance, bugs, unknown, unsightly)
  • Straight ahead at a “T” intersection (headlights at night)
  • Way back in large subdivision you can’t give easy directions to visitors
  • High Tension Powerlines nearby (not talking about older neighborhoods with above ground power lines serving individual houses). High tension powerlines have large metal structures and you can usually hear a slight buzz or crackling when you are close by. Electromagnetic fields (EMF’s for short) are usually the concern and you can find research from both sides. Aesthetically they present a hinderance in real estate even if there is no health danger.
  • Pipeline Easement (you can see these in the field – there are no trees and have plastic markers at street crossings). If you are using an online mapping tool, watch for uniform linear areas where there are no trees like the one running diagonally through the photo below.

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  • Busy Road with a Double Yellow Line
  • Elementary School District
  • Does the House/Neighborhood need Good Schools?

Lot / Setting

  • Culdevision – A word that describes a small development of perhaps 8 homes on one street with a culdesac
  • Front door threshold is below street level (curb appeal / possible drainage issues)
  • Steep Driveway (less desirable)
  • Landscaping versus other homes currently on the market
  • Unsightly Neighbors and Views
  • Smells (commercial uses, water treatment treatment facilities, paper mills, agricultural areas, etc)

The House Itself

  • Synthetic Stucco (stigma)
  • Split-level style home (hard to renovate and expand; limits buyer pool)
  • Master Bedroom Lower than the front door (odd floor plan)
  • Less Than Three bedrooms on the main floors
  • Walking through the front door and directly looking at a wall
  • Finish-able Basement (Ceiling heights lower than 8ft)
  • Main Level Ceiling heights (Higher the better)
  • Garage (Size vs Price Point)
  • Garage below the main level (Drive Under)
  • Garage Front Entry (vs Side Entry)
  • No Basement
  • On Septic System
  • Private (non-shared) Master Bath
  • Pocket Renovations (Renovations REALLY expose dated areas)
  • More that 2 sets of Stairs
  • Flooring Material Consistent throughout (Max 3 different materials)
  • Furnishings Match the Price of home
  • Value Above my neighboring Peers
  • Architecture inconsistent from most in neighborhood
  • Swimming Pool in backyard
  • “Added Value” improvements are not obvious and/or widely valued
  • Deferred Maintenance
  • Unanswered questions
  • Dirty bathrooms
  • Messy garages and basements
  • Significantly Larger or Small than neighborhood average
  • Smells ( pets, smoke, musty or strong air fresheners = likely hiding something )
  • Class Action Building Materials (Siding products, polybutylene, Chinese drywall, laminate wood flooring, Atlas Chalet Shingles, Zurn Pex plumbing fittings).

Factors that DO NOT affect a Home’s Resale Value

  • What a homeowner paid for it
  • What a homeowner owes on it
  • What a homeowner wants for it
  • What the neighbor says it is worth
  • What a seller’s appraiser says it is worth
  • What an uneducated agent says it is worth
  • What an agent in another city says it should be worth
  • How much it would cost to rebuild it
  • What the Zestimate is
  • What the tax assessment says it is worth

What to Expect – Who is On Duty and When

Once you choose to work with The Bunch Real Estate Group, here is what to expect – Who is On Duty and When

On Duty

As a client, you will have VIP access to our team. That means we want to hear from you if you have any questions, comments, needs or concerns. Real estate sales is one of the most “over-promised” and “under-delivered” industries. We get that. So, when it comes to being available for you we are going to our absolute best. We feel like you deserve that!

A Typical Week

A typical week for us has week days split between marketing in the mornings and appointments in the afternoons. Hopefully the enunciation makes that easy to remember: Mornings = Marketing, Afternoons = Appointments.  Mornings are filled with outbound calls and correspondence for our listings to make sure we are getting them in front of as many buyers as possible. Michael handles this personally. Mornings also include research projects for our Buyer clients. Afternoons get booked with appointments with clients and future clients. Saturdays are worked by appointment and could be booked out a week or so in advance. Sunday mornings we are closed and Sunday afternoons may very well be filled with hosting Open Houses. Then, on Monday we regroup and do it all over again. Here is an introduction to our full team.

I hired Michael Bunch. When can I talk to him?

The whole reason we have a team is so our clients can have access to a human being when Michael happens to be unavailable. This means that Monday – Friday you will be talking to our COO, Tracy Bunch, in the mornings because Michael is on the phone constantly up until about 11:00 am each day. If you are a seller this should be awesome news! If you are a buyer this should also be awesome news because your market research and/or viewing appointments are most likely being handled. Most of our “emergencies” involve offers and Tracy is well versed in how to keep those moving along. We have yet to run into a morning issue that Tracy can’t handle OR that is so urgent it can’t wait until 11:30am. After that, Michael jumps on whatever client needs have arisen. Feel free to leave a message – we will be back in touch sometime between 11:30 and 1:00pm.

All of our clients have access to Michael’s cell number and can reach out anytime. We are committed to being present wherever we are though. So, when we are with a client we will not be fielding texts and calls. Once the appointment is over, messages and voicemails from clients like you are the first to get a response.  If you are interested,  below is what Michael’s typical calendar looks like.

 

On Duty

After Hours

Real estate is definitely NOT a 9:00am to 5:00pm job. Of course we work in the blue zone (above). We are constantly working to add talented team members behind the scenes to maintain the highest level of service we can muster. We may not be able to compete with Amazon and Zappos by being available 24/7. But we will be able to outperform most real estate agents in our industry. Give us a try! We love to please people.

Keller Williams Realty – Business Minded Agents

When it comes to Keller Williams Realty – Running like a Business is in the DNA

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Keller Williams Realty has grown into a very successful real estate company. That success is especially intriguing given that they have done so operating on only about half of the profit due to its Profit Sharing model with agent stakeholders. In an era of consolidation, mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcies – Keller Williams Realty has…thrived!

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Harvard Case Study

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 6.16.53 PMThe Harvard Business Review has performed two case studies on Keller Williams Realty. Both are available for purchase. Keller Williams Realty (A) as they call it describes the economic and cultural models that have led to the success of Keller Williams Realty. Keller Williams Realty (B) is a follow-up that explains the actions taken by Keller Williams in response to the residential real estate market downturn in 2008.

So what is the big deal? The big deal is that models and systems that empower agents to build interdependent businesses of their own. Not dependent – Not independent. Interdependent. A partnership. The old saying goes “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This is the way Keller Williams Realty approaches the agents who choose to affiliate with the company.

Building a Brand

Most companies go to great lengths to build and protect their brand. That holds true for most real estate companies as well. Brand recognition and perceived credibility generate consumer confidence. That consumer confidence makes the phone ring and cash register light up. But the reality is that this brand building is a double-edged sword for the agents in a real estate company. Branding does build credibility and name recognition which helps agent win business in a competitive interview. However, calls and online inquiries are captured by the company and are then sold in some fashion back the agents. The company controls the leads and who gets them.  That means the company also controls how much the agent will get paid in exchange for those leads.  This is true for all industries. So who is the brand really being built for?

Profit and Profit Share

In most jobs, you go to work and the company pays you for it. Making money is up to the company (and the stockholders if it is publicly traded). With real estate agents, it’s actually the opposite – the agents pay the company to work there. Real estate companies operate by collecting money from the agents on the sales they make. In exchange, the company provides various administrative, marketing and training services. Generally, this happens under two models: 1: Commission Splits OR 2.Monthly Fees. With Commission Splits, the agent does the work and closes the deal.  The commission check is issued to the company and the company takes anywhere from 50% (for the lowest producing agents) down to 20% (for the rockstars) of the commission earned. The exception is relocation business where third-party relocation companies enter the mix and even superstars end up sharing about 50+% of the commission with their company.

Profit Sharing in the real estate arena was pioneered by Keller Williams Realty. After having operated on a typical Commission Split model, the company incorporated a Profit Sharing model in 1987.  Gary Keller invited the top agents in the office to a round table discussion and the result was the creation of the Agent Leadership Council (ALC).  Through the ALC, the agents joined in the management decisions and the results are summarized in this ProfitShareWhitePaper. Giving agents a voice in the operations of the office and a share in the profits gave each of the agents a greater stake in the company’s success. One interesting by-product of the Profit Sharing model was transparency in the books. In order to maintain total accountability for the integrity of the Profit Sharing program, agents needed full access to the company’s income and expenses each month. They got it! To this day, the finances of every Keller Williams Realty office are open for review by the agents.

Recruiting

All real estate brokers recruit agents.  It is how every real estate office is grown.  Keller Williams Realty just mobilized its agents as “helpers” by setting up a reward system called Profit Sharing.  No profit – no sharing.  No signing bonuses. No purchase required. In fact, for an agent to receive Profit Share, an agent they refer must join a Keller Williams Realty office AND that office has to be profitable AND that particular agent has to contribute to the profitability. No one profits until the referred agent succeeds. Keller Williams Realty office owners agree to operate within the cost model and the office cost model derives its income from roughly 52% of the total profit generated by the sales. That means approximately 48% of the total monthly profit goes back to agent stakeholders as a reward for finding talented agents to grow the offices. It doesn’t take higher commissions – it takes lean business operations, systems and models. Makes you wonder about the other real estate companies out there… What are they doing with all of that money? No wonder Warren Buffet and Rupert Murdoch are buying real estate companies…

Rewards are actually not limited to the U.S. though. There is also Growth Share.

Training / Running Like a Business

The_Millionaire_Real_Estate_Agent_cover_ls_1_10Keller Williams Realty is often described as a Training Company cleverly disguised as real estate sales company.  That must hold some validity because in 2015 the company was named by Training Magazine as the #1 training company in the U.S.  – up from #2 in 2014. Training IS a major emphasis at Keller Williams Realty. In fact, the leadership is so committed to training that new programs continue to emerge to help agents build their businesses. Real Estate is one of those professions that can eat you alive and burn you out if you don’t set some boundaries. Classes at KW run the gamut from sales skills to incorporating to exit strategies. There is even a test for determining if you have a real business. It ends with the question “Do you have a Board of Directors that can fire you?”  All KW training is based on sound fundamentals that apply to any business.

Culture

All the training in the world can be wasted if your company feels like a boiler room. Culture can be very difficult to describe but very easy to feel.  Keller Williams Realty is very intentional about culture.  While no system is fool-proof and with 108,000 agents across the world, there are inevitably examples where these values are not consistently demonstrated. And yet, having a set of stated values does set forth a lighthouse of what the company stands for and wants to be known by.  Taking a stand sets a standard by which all business activities and relationships can be measured. Gary Keller has be quoted “Don’t judge me by the people I hire. Judge me by the people I keep.” Not everyone is a good match for the values outlined below and that’s ok. There are other choices.

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What to Expect as a Buyer

Welcome to our What to Expect as a Buyer page!

What to Expect

Even though the fee for Buyer Agent services is paid by the Seller, make sure you get the best service experience available! Buyer Clients of The Bunch Real Estate Group enjoy access to some amazing real estate coaching throughout the process. The steps below provide a quick overview of our “What to Expect” library for Buyers:

  1. Buyer Representation and The Form
  2. Access to our Team
  3. Rules of the Road
  4. How Much Money do You Need?
  5. Getting a Loan
  6. Analyzing Your Needs and Goals
  7. Setting up Your Home Search Radar
  8. Avoiding Resale Issues
  9. Short Sales
  10. Touring Homes
  11. Research and Pricing
  12. Preparing the Offer
  13. Negotiating
  14. Going Under Contract / Important Deadlines
  15. Due Diligence / Homes Inspections
  16. Dealing with Needed Repairs
  17. The Appraisal
  18. Final Loan Approval
  19. The Walk Through
  20. The Loan Package
  21. Reviewing the HUD-1 Closing Statement
  22. Wiring the Funds to Close
  23. Closing Day
  24. Filing for Your Homestead Exemption

What to Expect – Home Warranty Coverage

What to Expect – Home Warranty Coverage

Home Warranty Coverage

We typically use Home Warranty of America for our Buyers and Sellers because they offer 13 months of coverage versus the typical 12 for a competitive price. Many buyers want the protection in their first year to hedge when cash is tight. We even get Listing coverage for our sellers when they are on the market for sale because that protection is offered for FREE. Below is a video explaining home warranties. Want to know about specific HWA coverage in Georgia?

The question usually is: How old are your systems and which one(s) do you think you really need coverage for? Bottom line for me is this: Home Warranty coverage is a cheap safety net in real estate transactions but I would not want to have to really rely on it for a repair down the road. The fine print in home warranty agreements can frustrate you – usually at a time when you are already dealing with something unpleasant. After the home purchase, I prefer to take my chances with my contractors – knowing I will get the straight story and a reasonable price to fix it.

What to Expect – Buyer Agent Agreement

Buying a Home? Here’s What to Expect – Buyer Agent Agreement

What to Expect - Buyer's Agent AgreementOur approach with any relationship begins with education.  We will never ask anyone to sign a form they do not understand AND feel comfortable with.  To that end, we “chalk talk” example agreements like this one into pdf files so our prospective clients can review them in advance and ask questions.  Once we are all on the same page, its time to go buy a house!

In Georgia, real estate agents work as designated representatives for real estate brokers. That simply means that technically the Buyer Agent Agreement is between you as a Buyer and the Broker of Record in our office.  Practically speaking, you will be working with us though.  As Real Estate Agents we cannot go out in public and purport to representing you as a Buyer without having previously gained permission from you – in writing.  So, at some point pretty early on we will need to get this form signed.

For our team, there is an initial period when both parties are interviewing each other.  We are typically able to quickly determine if it is going to make sense to work together. We are tenacious and competitive.  We use technology to keep our buying process smooth.  We negotiate with information, energy, poise and leverage – not attitude and bullying. We are not for everyone. In the end though the Buyer/Agent relationship is based in a large part on trust and that goes both ways. All we want is a good fit for everyone. Our hope is always that we can help someone with their move.  But, we understand that sometimes there is a better fit with somewhere else.

Our goal is to be successful enough that we can appreciate every client without needing any one client so much that it colors our judgement.

Want to see an Example of the Buyer Agent Agreement form?

Click here > Example Buyer Agent Agreement