Thomas Mathews  ·  Neighborhood Realty  ·  (203) 288-1213

Free Buyer Representation

Buyer Representation has been the law in Connecticut for over 15 years. Yet many people are not aware of the benefits of having your own realtor when looking for a home. Some people still run around calling many different agencies to set up appointments with the listing agents to see the house. The listing agent only has the best interests of the seller in mind, not the buyer. Consequently, it is better to have your own representation when house hunting.

Occasionally there is a fee, but in most cases it is paid entirely by the seller, thus you have "Free Representation." Yet the buyer still receives all the following benefits: Undivided loyalty, obedience, diligence, disclosure, confidentiality, accountability and reasonable skill and care. All duties are fiduciary. This means these duties are owned exclusively to the buyer, NOT the seller.

Connecticut law requires that the Buyer give the Realtor written permission to represent him or her. This permission, or agreement, must be signed by the Buyer and Realtor prior to physically going to look at properties that are not listed with the Realtor's firm.

It is important to have someone "in your corner". It will save you a lot of time and stress. Here are some of the services a Buyer's Realtor can provide:

  • An email or regular mail service that sends you new listings that meet your requirements the moment they hit the market.
  • Arrange property showings that meet your needs even when the owners are not home.
  • Disclosure of information about the property that can be obtained from any source.
  • A market analysis of houses similar to those you are considering.
  • Explain all required documents needed for the purchase of the home.
  • Assist in writing an offer that benefits you.
  • Negotiate the best price and terms.
  • Keep all matters confidential.
  • Assist with the loan application process.
  • Guide you in obtaining information about schools, taxes, utilities, zoning and other areas of interest.
  • Help you choose and schedule house inspections and tests.
  • Attend the closing. The Buyer's Realtor is there for you to the end.