Why Work With Us?
If you are thinking about buying a home, you should seriously consider working with a "buyer's agent." A buyer's agent works hard to find a home for you, and then represents you in the process of negotiation and (once you have a contract in place) bringing the deal to completion. Here are five great reasons for choosing our team to represent you when buying a home:
Our goal is to inform you about houses matching your criteria the FIRST day they hit the market (sometimes before)
If you have spent much time shopping for a home, you have probably learned that the early bird gets the worm. The routine goes like this: You see an ad or yard sign for a home that looks perfect...you call to get more information or set up an appointment...you are told that it is already under contract. Sound familiar?
Here's what the routine looks like when you are working with us:
- We check every new listing coming on the market to see if it is a match.
- We call you or email you the same day to let you know about the listing.
- If you are interested in seeing it, we try to move mountains to get you in the same day.
We also keep our ear to the ground in hopes of finding out about something before it even hits the market. We consider ourselves truly successful when our buyer is the first buyer to see a listing.
We are part of one of the leading residential real estate brokerages in the Shenandoah Valley, and that means good things for you
Chris Rooker and The Harrisonburg Homes Team are proud to be a part of Kline May Realty, the area's most progressive and exciting real estate brokerage. Our company has more than 50 licensed agents. What does this mean to you? Practically speaking, it means that we find out about new listings (almost every day) before they hit the broader market.
Hire us, and you get a team working for you
The Harrisonburg Homes Team has nine members: Chris Rooker, Brant Suter, Cathi Beighe, Zach Koops, Matt Ogden, Katie Moomaw, Phil Updike, Lisa Oates, and Emily Marsh. We work together to make sure that each transaction is a success. There are many benefits to working with a team, but the most tangible benefit is that there are more agents available to assist you when a critical need arises. Seven of us are active licensed agents, which means that we can each show properties. If the perfect property comes on the market, chances are that one of us will be able to make time to show it to you right away. Lisa and Emily work diligently to provide service to our clients from behind the scenes.
We provide a high level of service and quality control in our transaction management
Once you actually have a contract on a property, there are many things that need to happen, involving innumerable details. We handle most of these details for you, using carefully crafted checklists and redundant systems so that nothing falls through the cracks. Our systems include quality controlling other parties involved in the transaction (agents, inspectors, lenders, contractors, etc.), since every now and then people get busy and mistakes are made...mistakes that can cost you a lot in money, time, and/or frustration.
In most cases, our services are paid for by someone other than you!
Residential real estate is a bit unusual in that the buyer's agent is generally paid by the seller (even though the buyer's agent is representing the buyer's interests). The seller hires a "listing agent" to market the home and exclusively represent the seller. If the listing agent procures the buyer, then the listing agent gets the entire commission. If a buyer's agent procures the buyer, then the commission is split between the listing agent and the buyer's agent (usually fifty-fifty). There are some notable exceptions to this explanation. But in most circumstances, it does not cost you any more to use a buyer's agent than if you went straight to the listing agent to inquire about a property. With the former, you get exclusive representation. With the latter, you get no representation. When you think about it, it is an easy decision!
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