If you’re considering buying a home in St George, Utah, please be sure to use the “Advanced Property Search” tool above to find exactly the property you're looking to purchase. If you’re ready to take your search to the next level, contact Paula Smith to serve as your buyer's agent. I assist buyers and specialize in relocation, second homes, and transactions from buyers out of the area.
If you’re searching for real estate in St George, Utah, consider working with an exclusive buyer’s agent. When a person lists their home for sale, typically, they hire a “listing agent” to market their home and negotiate any received offers to obtain the best possible price for the SELLER. When you are looking to purchase a home, it’s essential that you also have someone looking out for your best interest and trying to obtain the best possible price for you…the BUYER.
The best part about a buyer’s agent is that buyers do not pay the buyer’s agent commission. You read that correctly! The way a buyer’s agent is paid is set up in the listing agreement when a seller places their home up for sale. They have already set up money to be paid to the listing agent and the buyer’s agent out of the seller’s proceeds when the home is sold. Even though the seller is paying the agent, your exclusive buyer’s agent represents your best interest and attempts to achieve the best possible deal for the buyer.
Dual Agency is when the same listing agent represents BOTH the buyer and the seller in the same transaction. It’s a fine line to walk, and it’s next to impossible for the agent to offer the best services to both parties. For instance, if you wanted to make an offer on a home and asked the listing agent for their advice, they cannot disclose that the seller is willing to accept less for the home. Similarly, that agent could not disclose to the seller that the buyer is willing to pay a higher price on their offer. The Dual Agent must remain completely neutral.
You may ask yourself, do I need a buyer's agent? If you were filing for a divorce, would you want to hire the same attorney your spouse was using? The conflict of interest is very high, and a real estate agent is one of the only professions where such a conflict is even legal. It’s best to use another agent so they can fight hard to ensure you’re getting the best representation and paying the best price. Here is an article I wrote several years ago regarding "buying direct from the listing agent."
If you’re ready to purchase, allow Paula Smith to represent you as your buyer's Agent! Contact Paula Smith today.