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What is buyer representation?

Buyer Representation | Types of Real Estate Agency Relationships
Why One Agent? | What I Can Offer You | How To Make First Payment

Buyer Representation
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Connecticut State Law (Public Act 96-159) mandates buyer agency when licensed real estate agents negotiate the sale or lease of real property. A signed buyer representation agreement between the buyer and licensed agent (Legal Alert CT Assoc. of Realtors, 4/25/97) must be in place before attempting these negotiations. Please read carefully and call me with any questions you might have. You may also address agency questions to the CT Department of Consumer Protection, real estate division (860-713-6150).

It is William Pitt’s policy to provide you with buyer/tenant representation. Buyer/tenant representation means that a real estate broker or real estate salesperson acts in a fiduciary capacity for the buyer or tenant in a real estate transaction.

When a buyer/tenant engages the services of buyer’s tenant’s agent, the buyer/tenant becomes the buyers’s/tenant’s client. The buyer’s/tenant’s agent owes the buyer/tenant undivided fiduciary obligations, such as: loyalty, reasonable care, disclosure, obedience to lawful instruction, confidentiality and accountability.

The buyer’s/tenant’s agent must put the buyer’s/tenant’s interest first and negotiate for the best terms and conditions for the buyer’s/tenant’s agent’s client. Connecticut law prohibits a real estate broker or salesperson from representing you unless you sign an authorization or agreement to allow the broker or salesperson to act on your behalf. It is illegal for for a salesperson to show you any properties from competing agencies without a signed buyer representation agreement.


Types of Real Estate Agency Relationships

Buyers Agent
A buyer's agent acts exclusively on behalf of the home buyer and has fiduciary duties to the buyer, including:

A buyer's agent represents your best interests in the home buying process. In the event the buyer becomes interested in a property which is listed with the agent's firm, the agent will become a dual agent in that transaction.

Dual Agent
Dual agency arises when an agent representing the buyer shows the buyer properties which have also been listed with the firm or those properties where the firm has already been an agent of the seller.

A dual agent owes both the buyer and seller the following:

Seller's Agent
A seller's agent or listing agent acts on behalf of the seller, and has fiduciary duties to the seller, just as outlined for buyer's agent above. A seller's agent may become a dual agent if they are also representing a buyer client on the subject property.


Advantages Of Working With One Agent

What I Can Offer You

How To Come Up With Your First Down Payment

  1. Save
    It sounds so simple and it is. Just tell yourself you’re going to put aside a certain amount of income before you spend it on anything else. Then do it!

  2. Sell Other Assets
    Maybe you have a boat or some personal property you could sell to raise money. Although it may be hard to part with, this could make the difference in having the home you always wanted.

  3. Receive A Gift
    Some buyers are fortunate enough to have parents or other relatives who can help with the downpayment. If so, this is a great advantage in becoming a homeowner.

  4. Borrow Against Assets
    If you go to a bank and get a personal loan, that can be considered a liability and will have a negative effect on securing home financing. But if you can borrow money against a 401k plan, a profit sharing plan, a life insurance policy or a savings and investment plan, the amount you borrow will not be considered a liability.

  5. Apply For A VA Loan
    If you’re a veteran, you can buy a home with a VA-guaranteed loan. There is no downpayment required.