How to Buy a
If the seller is "cooperating with"
(offering a commission to) buyers' agents:
If you want to work with a full-service
real estate agent, ask him or her to show you the home. If you
decide to make an offer, your agent will help you prepare the
You can save lots of money, though, if you
visit a FSBO home without an agent. This is easy to do--just go
to the home during an open house or contact the seller to
schedule an appointment.
If you want help with the negotiations and
paperwork, you can make an offer through a discount broker (like
real estate attorney. Many will assist you for a small share of
the buyer's agent's commission and rebate the balance of it back
If you want to prepare your own offer, you
can download standard real estate contracts from websites like
you'll be saving the seller the expense of paying the buyer's
agent's commission, you should lower your offer price
If the seller isn't cooperating with
If you want help with the paperwork, hire
a discount broker, agent, or lawyer to help you make an offer
and close escrow. Since you--not the seller--will be paying for
these services, you should adjust your offer price accordingly.
Search for homes at
Amerisave.com to see how much house you can afford and to
get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a loan.
Get free online appraisals at
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1Listing.com for more advice on buying FSBO properties.
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rest is credited back to the buyer at close of escrow.
for blank real estate contracts.