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Questions for Buyer Agents

Evaluating Buyer Agents

Real estate transactions are typically complex, often stressful and usually time consuming. Primary benefits to home buyers of engaging a real estate professional include saving time and money.

The majority of MABA clients are busy professionals. They value the expertise of a proven real estate professional. They want the peace of mind of having a MABA buyer broker who is their guide throughout the home buying process. Most clients readily acknowledge that they simply don't have the time or expertise to commit the resources to research, evaluate, and negotiate the complexities of the home buying process on their own.

If this perspective sounds familiar, let us help you as a prospective home buyer make an informed evaluation of buyer brokers. Below are some questions to help you evaluate a buyer's agent.

Questions for Evaluating a Buyer Agent

How do you find a buyer agent that you have confidence in and are comfortable working with? Ask for referrals. If you are new to MA, start with a credible organization such as MABA where less than 1% of MA buyer agents meet the strict membership standards. Then ask questions and evaluate your comfort level with their expertise, credentials and track record.

  • Are you a buyer's agent? If yes, what experience have you had as a buyer's agent?
  • What specific training do you have as a buyer's agent?
  • Does your office have ongoing sales meetings on ways to benefit buyer clients?
  • Are you a member of a buyer's agent association?
  • How long have you worked on the buyer's side?
  • How long did you work on the seller's side?
  • Do you also list houses for sale? Do agents in your office list homes for sale? If yes, how do you plan on keeping my information separate from seller's agents in your office?
  • Do you have a private office? Private fax? Private phone service?
  • Do you have regular office meetings to discuss the market and techniques in real estate? If yes, do your sales meetings focus on ways to get the best price and terms for sellers, for buyers or for both?
  • Do you work with a partner in your office? Does your partner list homes for sale? If yes, what will you do in the event that your partner is the listing agent on the home that I want to buy?
  • If you (and your partner) list homes for sale, how many of the last 20 transactions that you have done have been on the buyer's side?
  • Will you sign a guarantee that you represent my interests exclusively and will not attempt to sell houses you or your partner list?
  • What geographical areas are you most knowledgeable about?
  • Do you have full access to the area's Multiple Listing Service (MLS)?
  • Do you have access to For Sale by Owner (FSBO) and foreclosed properties?
  • What is your fee structure? Will you give that to me, in writing?
  • Will you make decisions about what homes to show me without regard to co-fees offered to cooperating agents on MLS listings?
  • How many homes are you prepared to show me?

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    Founded in 1630, the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston is a historic neighborhood first settled by Puritans from Dorchester, England. At 6 square miles, bordered by the Neponset River and Boston Harbor, Dorchester is Boston’s largest neighborhood and was annexed to the city in 1870.

    In the early 2000s, the neighborhood was “discovered” by first time homebuyers looking for easily accessible public transportation to downtown Boston. The MBTA Red Line serves Dorchester with stops at Ashmont, Cedar Grove, Butler, Shawmut, Fields Corner and JFK/UMass stations.

    Historically, the majority of Dorchester’s residents lived in rental units; however, many of those apartments have been renovated and converted, although there are still a number of available single and multi-family homes, which are reasonably priced by Boston standards. There is also a good selection of recently constructed condos, townhouses and some single-family homes.

    Often referred to as “Dot” by Bostonians, Dorchester has a demographically diverse population of Millennials, Irish, African, Caribbean, European and Latino-Americans, as well as a large group of Vietnamese citizens. The neighborhood has lively, thriving and eclectic commercial areas, with many immigrant-owned restaurants, shops and pubs. Shoppers and diners frequent Dorchester Avenue and Fields Corner, which attract visitors from throughout the Boston Metro Area.

    There are six branches of the Boston Public Library in Dorchester: Adams Street, Codman Square, Fields Corner, Grove Square, Lower Mills and Uphams Corner. The community is also home to UMass Boston.

    Other attractions include the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner (a restored vaudeville house) and the Commonwealth Museum, detailing the history of the state. Numerous parks are located throughout Dorchester including Hilltop Park, Dorchester Park and Franklin Park, which is home to the Franklin Park Zoo as well as walking paths, tennis courts, baseball fields, golf courses and basketball courts.

    To learn more about homes for sale in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, find an agent who is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Buyer Agents who has expertise in Dorchester real estate.