Having a buyer’s agent is one of the best pro-active steps someone considering a home purchase can make. Having an “exclusive” buyer’s agent — an agent that does not take listings, and an agent that does not work for a brokerage that takes listings — is even better!
When relocating to a new market, who would you rather have assist you? A “buyer’s agent” that takes listings may show you only those areas in their “local” farm. A “farm” is a term used in the industry that defines a specific, targeted marketing area that an agent will “farm” to get listings. Since it is impracticable and costly to “farm” major areas, the agent farms a few square blocks, a specific neighborhood, or a specific zip code.
And that’s okay IF:
- 1. You are a seller
- 2. You live in one of those farms
But when you’re going to be moving to a new area, or you’re planning a move to an entirely new city do you want to have an agent that might know their “farm.” Or do you want your agent to be familiar with ALL the neighborhoods?
And this is why hiring an EBA — “Exclusive” buyers agent — is so very important to buyers who are relocating. An EBA doesn’t have a “farm.” They are familiar with all the areas. At EBA Portland Co., assisting relocation buyers to the Metropolitan Portland is a very strong overall percentage of our business. We’ve assisted buyers who have never been to the area before. Getting relocation buyers acclimated, showing them the lay of the land, and discussing the different neighborhoods is just as important as finding the perfect property … if not more so.
If you’re considering a move to the Metro Portand area — Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Portland … and all places in between — do yourself a favor! Get EBA Portland on your TEAM!
For an in-depth consultation about your plans to relocate to Portland, please feel free to contact me.
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