The Power of a Buyer’s Agent—Carolina Plantations are The Pro’s

So you and your loved one are looking to move to the Carolina’s in a few years, but want to take advantage of the great buying power that exists in today’s market.  Now is the time for sure.  But we would like to suggest in a friendly manner some do’s and don’ts to buying “raw land” or a homesite at one of your favorite Master Planned Communities and Plantations.

As you search and search and search, I am sure that you all will gather a ton of information.  At some point, you will receive an invitations to “Buy Today!”  You may even open the area newspaper and see an ad that says, “$79,900 for Waterfront” on a half-page ad.   We also know your getting endless invitations from the community that you visited 2 years ago, and they never removed you from the mailing list.   You then ask yourself, what to do, what to do….

Carolina Plantations would like for you to STOP!  Slow down just a little and do your homework.  We know many of you do, but we also know many of you do not.  So, with that being said, we would like to make a strong suggestion BEFORE your purchase in a Master Planned Community and Plantation.  Find a BUYERS AGENT before you do any additional exploration.  There are so many reasons why, but here is a list of our favorite:

  • Our agents are some of the most educated in Master Planned Communities.
  • The agent works for you, your interest, and for you only!
  • Does not represent the Developer (yes, we know how much you like their Agent, but they do not represent your best interests).
  • We know the local market, we study it everyday!
  • We can do a fair market analysis for you with the latest MLS technologies.
  • Some of us have worked in these communities, so we know the in’s and out’s.
  • WE WORK FOR YOU! (I know, we already said this, but we must do it again).

A Buyer’s Agent is perfect for you because they are representing you, not the developers or the home seller.  This means that the best opportunity will be determined for your family without any weight for favor of the Developers.  More and more community representatives are understanding that you will have a Buyers Agent, so you are not going to offend them.  The commissions that are paid out are NOT paid by you or affects the price, it is already factored into the cost of the site, so essentially, a Buyer’s Agent works for you for free in essence.

There is no excuse not to have a Buyer’s Agent that will represent you in the process of finding that Ideal homesite for your future home.  Additionally, the Buyer’s Agent will also help you find the best builders in the area as well, so their job will not stop for you after the purchase of your site.

Contact Carolina Plantations and its Team of Buyer’s Agents to help you in your search of the Carolina real estate market.  We also suggest you obtain an Agency Disclosure from your Agent.

Know Who and What Your Agent Represents

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission mandates that ALL licensed brokers disclose their “agency.”  What does this mean?  Each firm, including Carolina Plantations and all of its associates or “brokers” must disclose to you who they represent.  This is simply an interpretation of “keeping the best interests in mind” of the customer who has committed themselves to your firm and its goals that are specific for that client per the obligations.

Types of Agencies

  • Buyers Agent: Representation and the commitment to the “buyers” best interests are to be top priority.  “Duties to the Buyer” include loyalty, commitment, provide all material facts and use reasonable care and diligence for the decision process. 
  • Sellers Agent:  if you are selling you home, you will want to ensure that your agent has the same commitment to your goals, to sell your home, to provide the exceptional service and provide the most accurate information about your property. They must promote your best interests.
  • Dual Agent:  Meaning that the agent will do it best to represent both parties, acknowledge and disclose all information to both parties, so loyalty is to both the buyer and the seller.  This could be a situation where the firm holds the listing, and another agent in the firm represents you.  This still can work for both the seller and the buyer alike.

All licensed brokers MUST disclose their agency relations prior to collecting information about your goals that may affect the condition of the purchase or the listing of the property.  It is imperative that you understand the commitment of your agent prior to exploring Brunswick County and all of its great real estate opportunities.

We at Carolina Plantations host both “buyers agents” and “sellers agents” in the transactions.  Many of you all looking to explore the many Master Planned Communities and Plantations will be teamed up with our expert buyers agents.  Please contact us at 910-755-7557 to learn more about buying and selling real estate in Brunswick County.

We invite you to preview the North Carolina Real Estate Commissions, ‘Working with Agents” Document.