10 Reasons To Use A Buyer’s Agent When Buying Real Estate

Recently, some of our staff have been looking to move. They’re thinking about becoming mike dunnITP home owners and had no idea what to do during open house. TWO MEN Marietta reached out to our friend at Keller Williams Woodstock, Mike Dunn, for insight.

#1.  Having a buyers agent is FREE to the buyer.  Some people think they can save money by not using a buyer’s agent.  In most cases, this is simply not true; and in fact, it is usually just the opposite.  For example, in residential real estate, the commission is usually paid by the seller whether or not a buyer’s agent is involved.  I mean where else can you employ the services and receive the benefits of a trained and experience professional on your side for FREE!

#2.  Having a buyer’s agent gives you more negotiating power.  Having a buyer’s agent helps you hold all the cards when negotiating with a seller.

#3. Full access to the MLS.  As a member of the multiple listing service (MLS), your agent has full access to the searchable database of MLS listings. We can ask you the right questions to determine what you are looking for and what areas you are most interested in. Once we know your price range and what you are looking for, we will use the full power of the MLS to help you find it. We can provide printouts, email reports, and do custom searches to find available homes that meet your criteria. We can find your dream home. Sometimes we can even tell you about new listings before they come on the market.

 #4.  A buyer’s agent will save you valuable time. Why do it yourself when you can have a professional buyer’s agent do it for you? A buyer’s agent spends a lot of time previewing homes and staying familiar with current inventories. This knowledge as well as useful technologies like virtual tours, interactive maps, websites, and MLS system exclusivity will save you from wasting valuable time and gas previewing homes that don’t meet your needs. Your agent will also help with writing up offers, delivering earnest money, contracts, etc. to title companies and lenders.

#5.  It makes life easier and reduces stress. When you have a buyer’s agent, you don’t have to drive neighborhoods for hours. Skip that worrying about missing the perfect house. Instead, spend time doing enjoyable things while your search is handled. Realtors help hundreds of people with their real estate needs. Our experience will prevent any unpleasant surprises throughout the entire buying process. When you use us as your buyer’s agent, you’ll actually be surprised at how much we do for you behind the scenes.  You don’t have to worry about the deadlines and the “what ifs” because we do it all for you.

#6.  Your agent takes care of all the paperwork.  From writing up the offer, to reviewing seller disclosures, to filling out escrow instructions, to reviewing the title work and closing documents….it’s nice to have a trained professional by your side to handle the paperwork and to help answer any questions you might have.  We have done this a time or two, and we’ll help you cross your T’s and dot your I’s and follow up with all the parties involved to make sure everyone meets their deadlines.

#7.  A buyer’s agent is a great resource of knowledge and information.  Not only are we very familiar with the history and demographics of the area, but we know a lot about real estate.  We will educate you about market conditions with current data, and answer any questions you have about the home buying process, including explaining fair housing laws and agency relationships.  Our goal is to give you the best and most accurate information to help you make the best possible informed decisions.

 #8.  You benefit from a network of professionals.  Over the years, we’ve developed good working relationships with several home inspectors, mortgage lenders, title companies, and other tax and legal advisors.  We know from experience which ones have delivered on time consistently and which ones have fallen short of the bar.  We’ll help you find the right professionals to help ensure a successful buying process without any regrets.

#9.  A buyer’s agent looks out for your best interest at all times.  Your buyer’s agent has a legal and ethical responsibility to represent your best interest at all times.  Some of the duties that your agent has to you include:  loyalty to you, promoting your best interest, disclosing known material facts, maintaining confidential information, and accounting for any money they handle in the transaction.

#10.  It’s nice to have a friend in the business.  One of the things we enjoy most about working with buyers is the friendships and relationships that are formed.  Our goal is to provide you with the services and be the type of person that you feel the same way about us when the transaction is completed.  Your friendship and trust mean more to us than any compensation we get from selling real estate.

 

Final Thoughts: There are many reasons to have a buyers agent when buying a house and the top 10 reasons discussed above should make it clear, to hire a buyers agent when buying a house!

There are very few no good reasons to not hire a buyers agent.  When you hire a buyers agent, you’re hiring a professional to look out for your best interest during one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make.

 

Movers for Mutts 2017

Guess who’s back?! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Marietta’s Movers for Mutts campaign to help Cherokee County Animal Shelter! Starting August 21, our staff will be collecting items for pets in need.

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Know anything about Cherokee Animals Shelter? As our second year, beneficiary of Movers for Mutts, they’re an overflow shelter for Cherokee’s Humane Society, local pounds and a temporary home for unwanted animals. Check out more info straight from the source, here.

Looking for a new way to volunteer in your community? TWO MEN Marietta is looking to volunteer with your Cherokee County Animal Shelter this fall. Let us know in the comment section when you’ve got a little free time to love on some puppies with us.

Still confused about Movers for Mutts? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Marietta/Woodstock partners will community members, local businesses, churches and gyms to collect items from a pet-friendly non-profit’s wish list. This year, we had to work with the Cherokee County Animal Shelter again! They keep their facility clean, have awesome organizational skills and are always so gracious.

Check out what Movers for Mutts 2016 was all about here and here.

 

Fall Wedding Preparation: Moving In Together

If you’ve got a fall wedding coming up soon, family and friends are probably eager to give you unwanted advice. Take it in stride. One thing that always helps to have in your corner are plans with your fiance. Planning with or without outside help can be taxing. Throw in a new home and you’ve got a world of potential problems. TWO MEN Marietta can help, here’s how:

Decide what stays or goes together. Trust us, communication is key. Our movers are happy to take donations, junk or recyclable items where you’d like at your convenience.

Pull your resources together in advance. Figure out which pieces you need help moving. Savings can help if you’re both wanting to relax on move day.

Ask for a flat rate. Living together already or not can be expensive. Make sure you both know what you’re getting into before costs sneak up.

Have food handy. Move day will be a whirlwind of events. If you both have a lot of stuff, make sure everyone has food. Hunger turns attitudes sour, fast.

Use TWO MEN Marietta for in-store pickup. Little things matter. Enjoy being engaged together instead of hassling around a loading dock in the middle of the Georgia heat.

Take a walk around your neighborhood before the movers arrive. Get those buns moving for a little extra endorphins! Stroll together and dream a little bit.

Schedule mandatory treat time. Pro tip: leave your new home for this one.

Adventure together and find local trails/parks. Before your move (and after!) finding time to explore can work wonders. A little bit of fresh air can help relax you both from a busy week.

Hire TWO MEN Marietta to pack, pad and wrap your belongings. Keep your favorite items safe by using professionally trained, licensed, bonded and insured movers.

How Do You Unpack When You Have No Free Time?

Moving- one of life’s most stressful times. Luckily, packing and unpacking are easy. Let Marietta’s movers unpack your family while you tend to new schools, feeding the kids and planning your next vacation. Here’s a few ways TWO MEN Marietta can help you unpack:

As professionals, we’re very upfront. Moving costs can sneak up on you if you try cutting corners. Ask for a la cart pricing and flat rates. Unpacking can be the most tedious task. Let our movers lend you a hand.

Joint pain and arthritis can really slow down your unpacking process. Our movers take direction well. Feel free to point where items belong while you enjoy your afternoon.

Unpack with trustworthy people. Asking relatives or friends to help you settle in seems tempting but can lead to problems. Avoid pointing figures by using professionally trained mover. 

Skip the political games. TWO MEN Marietta doesn’t play favorites. We treat all of our customers as if they were our Grandmothers. After all we live by the Grandma Rule!

Our movers and staff understand that timing is everything. We’re happy to unpack at your convenience. Ask a move consultant or in-home estimator for more details.

How To Make The Biggest Impact On Your Kids

Our little angels look up to us even when we’re not the best role models. Unconditional love can be seem few places better than in the eyes of a child. Continue to develop their kindness, community mindset and sharing potential by giving back together. TWO MEN Marietta has a few ways you can leave a lasting impression on you child:

Volunteer at all kinds of places. Weekends, holidays and off-time can be spent in perspective. We all need an attitude check every now and then. Get your humility on together.

Donate! Easiest way to reach out to others is through donations. Giving your unused presents, duplicate items or outgrown belongings can help a family in need. Not sure where to start? Check out our vetted list of community partners.

Give back to college students. This might seem unconventional, but adult children don’t have it all figured out either. Talk to your local high school and alumni base to see how you can help KSU, Georgia Highlands, Chattahoochee Tech, Reinhardt and other local college students.

Ask to help with Keep Cobb/Kennesaw/Marietta/Acworth/Woodstock/Canton Beautiful campaigns. Your neighbors work tirelessly to help build a better foundation for younger generations. Keep up the hard work together!

Start a workplace recycling effort. Small or large recycling makes a difference.

Volunteer with TWO MEN Marietta. We’re always looking to give back. Let’s work together to make a difference in our Cobb and Cherokee communities.

Our staff loves getting involved in community projects and meeting needs. If your family has a favorite non-profit let us know in the comment section. TWO MEN Marietta is excited to give back together!

Ultimate Guide to Storage

Moving? We got this. Eliminate a large piece of relocation anxiety with these simple steps:

  1. Figure out what you don’t need before packing. Donate, recycle or take to the dump unless you absolutely need it at your new place.
  2. Let TWO MEN Marietta get rid of your unwanted items. We’re happy to help recycle, take items to your favorite charity or bring heavily used items to the dump at your convenience.
  3.  Fire up that grill one last time. Moving into storage gets hectic. Relax a little outdoors with your grill and loved ones before schedules gets intense. Please remember to unhook gas lines before asking professional movers to take your grill anywhere.
  4. Choose a storage facility you trust. 24/7 access seems awesome but also eerie. By using TWO MEN Marietta storage your items can be access by appointment or drop in, whichever works better for your schedule.
  5. Get a professional opinion on the right size unit. Our move consultants and on-site estimators have the knowledge and tools to best guide your storage journey.

TWO MEN Marietta has small, medium and large indoor storage available. Having more room has never been easier with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Marietta’s help!

Home Moves Made Easy

Metro Atlanta’s highest referred movers are here to help! Here’s a few ways to keep your move as simple as possible:

Introduce the kids and pets separately to your new home. At least aim for drive through in the neighborhood.

-Have family over AFTER you’re settled in. Pro tip: ask family or close friends for a week of space starting on move day.

Invite family over first. Friends will come and go but family won’t. They’ll always have ties to you, show them your appreciation by inviting them over to see your new place.

-Hire professionally trained movers to speed up your settling in process. Ditch the rental fees, hassling to get vehicles back by a certain time. Ask for a flat moving rate, you’ll thank us later.

-Meet new neighbors, teachers and HOA members in advance. Waiting until the last minute can be too stressful. Let people know who you are so you’ll be in the loop.

Pack a day-of move cooler. Snacks, easy meals, drinks, water and a little caffeine can do wonders. Check out our Pinterest board for quick meal tips.