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Buy a House!

Updated: May 16

If you're considering buying a home this year, this blog for you. 


Last month, I shared more information about the recent National Association of Realtors (NAR) settlement, in which the NAR agreed to pay $418M and make some big changes to how buyers and sellers negotiate and pay agent commissions. 


As a Realtor, my biggest fear is that these changes (scheduled to take effect on August 17) will cause some buyers to forgo representation. 


While it may seem like approaching the market on your own is a way to save some money, there are so many reasons why working with an agent is a worthwhile move. 


The fact is, no one wants an unrepresented buyer. 


Working with an agent gives the buyer peace of mind and an expert by their side to navigate the complexities of the transaction. Meanwhile, the seller is confident that the buyer is prepared and serious. Beyond that, having experienced, collaborative agents on both sides of the table is the surest path to a smooth transaction. 


In short? Everyone wins. 


Here are just a few more reasons why working with a buyer’s agent makes sense:


You’ll Have a Professional On Your Side 

Remember, the listing agent works for the seller—not for you. Having a professional on your side to craft the best offer and negotiate on your behalf can make all the difference in reaching a successful outcome. 


You Can Navigate the Process with Less Stress and More Confidence 

Buying a home is a major emotional and financial decision. Working with an agent can help you feel confident that you’ve made the best offer, completed paperwork correctly, and understand everything you agree to. 


You’ll Get the Inside Scoop on the Local Market 

Yes, you can search for properties on Zillow. However, real estate agents know the local market best and are often aware that homes are about to hit the market before they hit the MLS. Thanks to their networks, they can often help get in early to see properties, offering you a competitive edge in a hot market. 


You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Do you know how to research the history of an underground oil tank? Arrange a pre-inspection? Assess red flags when viewing a home? Probably not, but a buyer's agent does. There are so many moving parts in a home buying process, and it can be easy to miss crucial things if you aren't working with a guide. 


If you're thinking about buying a home this year and have questions about how the NAR settlement may impact your search, I'd love to help. 

Want to make a name for yourself in real estate? Boutique means better. 

As a boutique agency, Rutledge Properties offers all agents thoughtful mentorship, high-touch marketing support, access to exclusive listings, and plenty of opportunities to shine. 


We want every one of our agents to make a name for themselves and to feel confident that we're on their team and not interested in playing games. 


If you’re ready to experience the genuinely supportive culture we’ve created and thrive as a part of the Rutledge team, we’d love to speak with you. We don't just help you buy or sell a house; we welcome you home!


Rutledge Properties is an independent, women-owned local real estate brokerage. We’ve been helping clients in the Metrowest area buy and sell their homes since 1978. 


Because we are not part of a big, impersonal chain, we get to do things our way—and our way is all about you. Our clients are our neighbors, and we are committed to putting their needs first every time. We leverage our insider knowledge about the community,  industry-leading technology, dynamic strategies, and our worldwide network to provide a level of service that keeps Rutledge clients keep coming back to us, move after move. 


Contact me today to get a free market analysis or discuss your homebuying goals!

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