Buyer Agency is not something that started yesterday. In fact, it has been around for more than 30 years. But the only ones who knew about it were big corporations who made huge real estate purchases.
They knew they needed someone they could trust who would research every available property to see if they were suitable for their needs, delve into property values to discover the real market value of the property, and negotiate skillfully with the Seller or their Agent. They needed their own representative that they knew would find the right property at the right price and protect their interests.
The only way to meet all these objectives was to employ their own Agent. A big corporation could afford to hire their own full time agent but up until the last few years the home buyer didn't have that alternative. Now, you can have that same level of service at no extra expense! Take a tip from these corporations: Insist on having your own Agent to represent you!
There is a huge difference between an ordinary Agent with no specialized training and a QUALIFIED Buyer's Agent who is committed to serving YOU.
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Why A Home Is A Good Investment
As a general rule, homes appreciate about 3 to 5 percent a year. Some years will be more, some less. The figure will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, and region to region.
3 percent may not seem like that much. Other investments such as stocks or treasury bills might offer a higher interest rate.
But take a second look.
Let's look at one example.
If you buy a $200,000 home, and put as much as twenty percent down that would be an investment of $40,000.
At an appreciation rate of 3% annually, a $200,000 home would increase in value $6,000 during the first year. At 5% annually, a $200,000 home would increase in value $10,000 during the first year. That means you earned between $6,000 and $10,000 with an investment of $40,000. Your annual "return on investment" would be somewhere between 15% and 25%. Sounds like a pretty good rate of return doesn't it?
Of course, you will be making mortgage payments and paying property taxes, along with a maintenance costs. However, since the interest on your mortgage and your property taxes are both tax deductible, the government is essentially subsidizing your home purchase.
You have to pay to live somewhere anyway, why not get something in return for that monthly payment?