Florida's Waterfront Lifestyle - Florida Waterfront Homes - Florida Waterfront Condos
When you think of Florida you think of miles of white sandy beaches! And rightly so, Florida has over 1,350 miles of coastline with about 660 miles of beaches. Florida waterfront real estate reflects the diverse way that settlers in Florida have embraced a waterfront lifestyle. Beach bungalows, Mediterranean mini-mansions, waterfront estates, expansive water view condominiums, cozy ranch style homes, sparkling new townhouses - whatever type of home style you are looking for can be found on Florida's waterfront.
Because Florida waterfront property is a scarce commodity, timing is everything for Buyers. Waterfront home Buyers are surprised that many homes are under contract in just a few days. That is where a dedicated Buyer Broker becomes the waterfront home Buyers biggest ally, a Florida Buyers Broker can give the Buyer the advantage they need in this evolving real estate market.
As Buyer Brokers we represent the Buyers interest exclusively. Florida Law mandates that all real estate licensees (agents/brokers) are "Transaction Brokers", unless they specifically agree otherwise. Transaction brokers have no Agent or Agency (fiduciary) relationship with customers. They are simply there to "facilitate a transaction" and close the sale. As a dedicated buyers only brokerage, we put our fiduciary commitment to represent and protect our buyers interest in writing. We NEVER act as Transaction Brokers or have contractual obligations with sellers that could create a conflect of interest with our buyer clients.
SMART Home Buying
Being a Smart home buyer doesn't have anything to do with IQ. It does have a lot to do with common sense. There are a lot of opinions out there on what NOT to do as well as opinions of what to do. A smart home buyer uses their common sense to determine what best serves their needs.
Years ago, back in the 1950s, companies that were looking to purchase property decided what they needed was a Real Estate professional that had the company's and only the company's best interest as their goal. So companies began hiring their own real estate professionals. They would put this individual on the companies payroll with the single task of finding the properties that met the company's needs, researching them thoroughly and negotiating the very best purchase. The thinking was that these real estate buyer specialists would save the company more then enough money to pay their salary. Companies wanted an experienced agent that had enough sales experience to understand the seller's perspective but not the driving influence of a "sales team" organization. This person would not only be the companies employee but, would also have the legal duties and responsibilities as the compaines AGENT.
Today real estate brokerages are sales organizations. They contract with property owners to sell their property. Their loyalty is to the seller as it should be and their primary objective is selling the property for the highest price possible.
So, common sense tells us that if we are buying we should look for one of these buyer specialists to work for us. Today, these specialists are called "Exclusive Buyer Agent" or "Buyer Brokerages". They do NOT work in your typical "sales orientated" Brokerage, they work in Buyer Only Brokerages. They never have listings they must sell or the contractual sales obligations that Traditional Brokerages have with listings. Their loyalty and commitment is to the Buyers interest. Perhaps the best thing about getting your own buyer agent is that there is no payroll and typically no cost at all to Buyers.
Online Home Searching that Doesn't WORK !
The biggest problem with today's online home searching is DATA. Yes there is lots of it but that doesn't mean it's any good. Ever seen this..." All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. All properties are subject to prior sale, change or withdrawal." It's including with every listing.
Sometimes properties are left ACTIVE even though they have been sold, because it draws inquiries. Prices and other information may not be updated simply to get you to call the Sellers Agent. All this makes online home searching a real minefield.
There is a simple solution however........
Online Home Searching that WORKS !
The best online searches are provided by direct MLS server access. Real Estate MLS's have stringent rules and fines if information isn't timely and correct. The best way to gain access to this data is to get your own Buyer Agent.
Our Exclusive Buyer Agents will set up a personalized search directly from MLS servers. This data is far more accurate and timely. The search will eMail you ALL properties meeting your search criteria regardless of which brokerage has the listing. It will also alert you to any changes in property price or status in near real-time. No more chaising properties. In addition to these advantages we will fine tune your search for you, research properties and arrange private showings for you. Because we are never obligated to Seller, we don't use sales Teams. We work one-on-one with our clients from start to closing a great deal.
Online Searching can be Efficient and Productive .
What NAR says about Exclusive Buyer Agency - Florida Exclusive Buyer Agents
According to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) publication 2000 'Agency - Choices, Challenges, and Opportunities', Exclusive Buyer Agency is: "The practice of representing only buyers and never sellers in a transaction. The company (Brokerage) never lists a seller's property and thus never has a seller as a client." The publication goes on to say that Exclusive Buyer Agency, " Promotes a more natural relationship for agents working with buyers". Why ? ".... any brokerage listing properties for sale is used to representing Sellers and has a legal commitment (responsibility) to protect the Sellers interest and must get the highest price possible for the Seller.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has OPPOSED "Transaction Broker" Real Estate since 1993 as parties must relinquish their RIGHT to the protections afforded by FULL REPRESENTATION of an AGENT / AGENCY relationship with their Realtor.
Since 2008 all Florida realtors by law are "Transaction Brokers" unless they specifically agree in writing to represent your interest exclusively. This is why we always put our commitment to our buyers in writing.
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Our passion, is working with Buyers. For the past ten years we have represented Buyers exclusively. My brokerage, Exclusively Buyers Realty of Florida is a Buyer Brokerage serving Florida Home Buyers where and when they need a professional and a dedicated advocate. Why, because buying a home is perhaps a person’s single largest lifetime investment and we believe buyers should have the very best representation unencumbered by conflicting sales interest. Accomplishing this requires never contract with sellers to get the highest price or have obligations to promote, solicit, market or sell any property. So when we work with clients they get our full attention. We turn off our cell phone, listen to their comments and answer their questions.
You will find the level of professional commitment and transparency we provide Buyers is quite simply, not possible in traditional brokerages attempting to serve both buyers and sellers. Our Commitment to Buyers exclusively allows us to provide an Agency relationship (fiduciary representation) on each and every property... with the buyers best interest... Always First. Traditional brokerages can't do this if they have contractual obligations with Sellers.
I have lived on the water more then 25 years, and specialize in waterfront homes, condos and beachfront properties. My clients range from the Florida Keys, Sarasota, Tampa Bay and all of SW Florida. Early in my career I worked for two of Tampa Bay's leading national and international real estate company's achieving TOP Producer status with annual sales exceeding $22M. So I know the seller side of Florida real estate. I have been a Florida licensed Mortgage Broker but find it better to utilize full time mortgage bankers and lenders that specialize in providing my clients excellent service and great rates.
WaterfrontInFlorida is listed in the DuPont Registry for Exclusive and Luxury Properties. We are members of the Florida Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents (www.FAEBA.org), the Florida Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. I am a NAR certified "Accredited Buyer Representative” (ABR ), past member of NAEBA (National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents, a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) as well as an "Exclusive Buyer Agent " (EBA) certified by FAEBA.org., with an Angie's List (A) rating by my clients.
I invite you to experience our dedicated buyer services.
Aileen Kane, CNE, ABR, EBA, Buyers Broker/Owner
www.ExclusivelyBuyersRealty.com / www.FloridaBuyersRealty.com / www.GetYourOwnBuyerAgent.com