I Work for You
Ready to hunt for a home? Prepare for tons of paperwork, other buyers competing for the same house, and other challenges before you get your hands on those house keys. The process can be complex and stressful—which is why having a pro by your side can make all the difference.
You might have heard of buyer's agents, seller's agents, listing agents, and so on. You're a buyer, so what is a buyer's agent? True to their name, buyer's agents assist home buyers every step of the way; they can also save you tons of time and money on the road to homeownership.
Benefits of using buyer's agents
A buyer’s agent will guide you through the home-buying transaction and be at your disposal for any questions or concerns. Just some of the things I can do for you:
Buyer's vs. Listing agent: What's the difference?
Buyer's agents are legally bound to help buyers, whereas listing agents—the agent representing the seller(s)—have a fiduciary duty to them. That's why it's in your best interest as a buyer to get an agent who is there to represent you. You need someone who will diligently fight for your interests and rights.
For instance, you walked up to the listing agent at an open house and gushed about how you love the home and want to buy it, but you will need to move soon because you're expecting your second child, or the lease on your rental is up in a couple of months. A seller's agent could then use this information against you by informing the seller that your clock is ticking, so they shouldn't budge too much on their asking price if at all. Yet make this same confession to the buyer's agent you're working with, and it's all fine— I would know to keep this info private from sellers (and their agents) so it can't be used against you.
How Much Do Buyer's Agents Cost?
Home buyers don't need to worry about the expense of hiring a buyer's agent because the seller pays the commission for both the seller's agent and the buyer's agent.
How to Get Started?
Contact me to set up your MLS search and we can start looking. I enjoy exploring houses and want to help you find YOUR dream home, not just any home. My goal is to provide exceptional service and quick response times to a buyer's needs and have some fun along the way.
I have worked in many capacities with real estate since 1991. My husband and I rehabbed and rented single family homes and a small apartment building for 20 years. I have worked for Larry Triola as a Realtor's Assistant since 1998. In 2013 I earned my real estate salesperson license in order to exclusively represent buyers.
I was born and raised in Evansville, IN. I moved to Munroe Falls after completing my degree at Purdue University and getting a job with Ohio Edison as a computer programmer. Six months later I moved to an apartment in The Valley. A year later I was married and had moved to east Akron with my husband. Finally, in 1991 we moved to Copley and have not moved since.
In 1992 a son was born so I quit my full time programming job with Roadway Express and decided to work part-time permanently. I taught programming classes at the University of Akron for 5 years and was a bookkeeper. A daughter and another son followed the first. By 1998 I had 3 kids 6 years old and under AND 21 rental units to manage. That's when I started working as a Realtor's Assistant - it was either that or psychological counseling and the job at least brought some money IN. Thankfully, Larry is great fun to work with and for.
By 2012 I had two kids in college and one at home but no rental units. I finally had the time (and OSU wanted all our money) so it was time to start over with another full time office job - yuck - or use all this real estate experience to help buyers find their dream home.
I honestly have met the nicest, funnest people since I started showing homes. I've seen some amazing houses and look forward to seeing many more AND finding you your dream home!