Buyer's Agents and Why to Use One When Purchasing a Home

Buyer’s Agents

They're looking out for your interests when purchasing a home.

Buying a home often is the biggest and most complex transaction you will undertake. Although you can find a wealth of information online about specific homes, mortgages and home maintenance and inspections, there is no substitute for a seasoned buyer’s agent’s direct help in the buying process.


When buying a house, if you wish to be represented by a buyer’s agent, you should enter into a separate written buyer-agency contract with the brokerage firm. Pennsylvania and New Jersey real-estate laws require such an agreement to be in writing. Know that this agreement is for your benefit. Most agents are working for the seller, and therefore the home buyer may lack representation exclusively for their interests, in this relationship. Know that the associates at Kurfiss SIR practice a high level of business ethics and do a very good job of balancing the needs of both buyers and sellers.


Kurfiss SIR buyer’s agents work with clients buying a house or property in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, the Lehigh Valley, Montgomery County and the Main Line. In western New Jersey, we work with home buyers in Hunterdon County, including Lambertville, Frenchtown, Stockton and Ringoes, N.J. In southern New Jersey, we work with buyers in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties. Because of our affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty, we also can help you find an agent if you are buying a primary or second residence outside of Pennsylvania and New Jersey as we are among SIR’s 20,000 sales associates in 70 countries and territories around the world.


Patience, Honesty & Communication

We recognize that buyers in today’s real-estate market have much more real-estate information at their fingertips compared to 15 or even 10 years ago. But shopping online is no substitute for seeing a home in person. That’s where establishing a relationship with a buyer’s agent can begin to help you. They not only arrange access to properties you’ve selected; they will show you similar properties, and sometimes they will show you dissimilar properties. This isn’t to waste your time. This is because a good buyer’s agent listens to and observes your reactions to properties. Based on what they see, they may suspect you are better suited looking at house that contradicts your criteria. A common example: Buyers want a historical house, but after looking at such properties, they may express concerns about condition, maintenance or other issues. A buyer’s agent might show them a historical reproduction that will be easier for them to live in. It’s only after seeing a property in person that you might really know what kind of house you want.


Getting Started

To make the home buying process easier, we recommend you clearly share your goals and desires with your buyer’s agent so that they can provide you with the best options suited to your needs. Understanding the reasons you want to buy, the types of properties you’re comfortable with and the length of time you are likely to stay in your home will go a long way towards shaping your plans and improving your results. Whether you are looking to buy Philadelphia real estate or a suburban home, any of our trained buyer’s representatives can answer questions concerning your financing options and help you establish a budget based upon this information. Once you dig into the actual process of finding and buying a home, you’ll benefit from learning more about several other key issues, including:


  • What you should expect to pay for the type of property you want
  • Evaluating the local school systems if you have children
  • Understanding your closing costs
  • Details regarding your purchase contract