Simply put buyers will be at an advantage when they work with a buyer's agent, at least compared with relying on a seller's agent for advice or guidance. A seller's agent is contractually obligated to help make the sale happen in the seller's favor, often as close to the asking price as possible. Buyer's agents can also suggest home inspectors and financing companies they've worked with before, says David Kent, president of the National Buyer's Agent Association; they're not supposed to make money off the referrals.
I have been working with buyers for 35 years and when you work with me, your are not only getting my experience but also the experience of my extended team that includes the other brokers in my office - Sea Pines Real Estate - Breach Club - who consistently rank in the top 2% in sales on the island year after year. And having lived on this island for 14 years, I know who the best attorney's, mortgage loan officer's, inspectors and contractors are saving you a lot of headaches in the process. As I do not get referral fees from any of the professionals I work with I'm not obligated to recommend anyone. I find and work with those professionals who I believe put the interest of the home buyer first and treat them with respect and operate with integrity.
See http://www.islandstops.com/lee-simmons/ for more information about me.
Notes from some of my clients...
“Lee helped us find our “Island Paradise” on Hilton Head Island, SC. We have worked with her for over 6 years and we are now on our 2nd vacation home that Lee helped us locate and even renovate! In the process she has become a valued friend and a highly treasured Island resource!"
- Phil and Donna Sipling, Raleigh, NC
“While visiting Hilton Head we got the bug to look for a house that we could rent out and maybe retire to in ten or so years. Lee was recommended to us, and she took us to see a number of houses on the island.
The house we eventually chose needed renovation, but Lee saw the diamond in a lump of coal, and helped us to see the potential in the home as well. Lee negotiated a great price and worked hard to get us a signed contract before others could swoop in on such a great deal. She then connected us with the right people to help renovate, decorate and manage our new home and rental business.
That was a year ago. We now own a beautifully renovated home on Hilton Head Island that we can enjoy for years to come. Lee’s knowledge of the local real estate market and her connections to the right people on the island helped to make our dream of a vacation home a reality!”
- Marty and Gidget Verdi, owners of Hoot Owl Cottage
"We own our own piece of Hilton Head paradise because of the experience and professional skills of Realtor Lee Simmons. Working with us long distance from Connecticut, Lee took the time to understand our vision for our home in Hilton Head and identified properties that might be a match. Lee listened to our feedback and found us our own Sea Pines home. Her knowledge of the local real estate market, knowing insurance and financial professionals as well as home inspectors and contractors made a possible stressful scenario very straightforward. A friend of ours who enjoyed a similarly successful real estate purchase represented by Lee recommended Lee to us, and we recommend Lee to you."
- Sharon Carabine Reiner, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, PC
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