Do You Know the Difference Between Listing Agent, Selling Agent, and Seller’s Agent?

If you’re looking to jump into the real estate market whether as a buyer or a seller, it’s more than likely that at some point you’ll need the service of a real estate agent to help close the deal safely and at the best possible price. While there are many brokers you can choose from, it’s never a bad idea to stick with a high end real estate company with a solid reputation. You’ll also need to know which type of agent you’re looking for, so here are some terms for you to get familiar with.

Listing Agent

The listing agent is a real estate agent that represents the seller at the negotiating table. The term seller’s agent can also be used to describe them. A listing agent will assist their clients in areas surrounding selling their homes such as setting the right price, staging, marketing the home to attract plenty of buyers and more.

Selling Agent

On the other side of the negotiating table is where the selling agent, more commonly referred to as the buyer’s agent, will be seated. As per their namesake, the buyer’s agent helps their client find the home they’re looking for based on the criteria they have set out for them. The confusion, in this case, sets in since the word “selling” is applied when the client is actually buying. However, this term is applied because once the buyer’s contract has been signed, the agent that brings the buyer and helps close the deal has then helped sell the property.

A selling, or buyer’s, agent will need to examine their client’s needs in several areas to find them the perfect home. This primarily begins with their budget, however, zoning is also a key factor as young families or couples will sometimes want to move into a home close to schools, parks, and hospitals.

Buying or Selling Real Estate? Let Us Know!

We’ve sat on both sides of the negotiating table, helping sellers get the right offer on their homes and assisting buyers in finding their perfect Napa Valley dream home. For more info on how we can be of service to you, contact St. Helena Real Estate today!

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