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Access to All Real Estate for Sale

The role of your agent affects the real estate you will have access to during the home buying process. Did you know that? Many home buyers, especially first time home buyers, do not realize that the type of real estate agent you choose could actually limit your ability to evaluate all of the homes actually available for your consideration. Simply, if you have a dedicated buyer agent on your side, you will have access to all real estate for sale. Why would anyone want to limit their selection?

Many seller agents will not show you properties representing the full range of homes available on the market that may meet your needs. They are financially motivated to focus on homes in the MLS, which limits the selection you may have to choose from in finding your next home.

Be an informed home buyer. Don't eliminate your choices early in the process.

Broader Access Means More Homes to Choose From

The best practice is to interview three real estate professionals in Massachusetts prior to selecting the agent to work with. As part of the selection process, be certain to ask about access to various types of real estate so you are informed in advance of how each agent defines the 'homes available to show you' as you work together. Specifically, a dedicated buyer agent should have access to the following inventory:

  • Properties listed in the MLS
  • For-sale-by-owner properties (FSBO)
  • Not-yet-listed properties
  • Foreclosed or distressed properties*

*During your phone interview or in-person consultation with any real estate professional, ask the seller agent or buyer agent if they work in this market area of distressed, below-market or foreclosed properties. Some do not.

It's the same as when you're buying a home - you don't want to just pick the first one you see. You want to make an informed, well-thought out decision and not select the first real estate professional that you talk to.


Latest from the Blog

  • Pending Sales for Massachusetts Homebuyers Maintain Steady Year-Over-Year Increases for Almost Four Years This February

    WALTHAM, Mass. – March 14, 2017 – The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that ongoing buyer demand pushed pending sales up three percent over last year. Pending sales have been up 47 of the last 48 months, marking almost four years of positive gains in single family homes put under agreement. Realtors® confidence both in the market and in home prices was positive in February. 

     February Pending Sales:  

    Single Family February 2017 February 2016 % Change
    Sales 3,967 3,852 3.0%
    Median Price $330,000 $309,000 6.8%
    • Pending sales have been up 47 of the last 48 months  
    Condominium February 2017 February 2016 % Change
    Sales 1,558 1,566 -0.5%
    Median Price $313,000 $290,000 7.9%
    • Pending sales have been up or flat 17 of the last 18 months  

    “Buyers have been tireless these past four years, showing that the desire to live and work in Massachusetts is strong despite dwindling inventory and rising prices,” said 2017 MAR President Paul Yorkis, president of Patriot Real Estate in Medway.  

     Realtor® Market and Price Confidence Indexes:  

    Confidence Index February 2017 February 2016 %Change
    Market 75.20 68.66 10%
    Price 77.00 75.70 2%
    • The Realtor® Market Confidence Index was up for the 11th straight month
    • Measured on a 100-point scale, a score of 50 is the midpoint between a “strong” (100 points) and a “weak” (0 points) market condition  

    “This is the highest recording Market Confidence Index for the month of February since we began recording the data in 2008,” said Yorkis. “This speaks to the strength of the market this past year, as well as looking ahead to the spring market of 2017."