Atlanta Buyer Agency


Atlanta Buyer Agency – Who Represents Whom? Buyer Agency Explained!

Atlanta buyer agency explained for Atlanta Home Buyers! Don’t buy a home in Atlanta, without buyers representation.  Atlanta home buyers agents Jim and Ellen Crawford explain buyer agency and what it means to Atlanta home buyers.

Atlanta Buyer Agency Explained: Buying Atlanta Homes and Properties, with Buyers Agents Jim and Ellen Crawford.  Atlanta buyer agents would like to offer you an overview of buying a home in Atlanta and buyer agency. Since buying a home is a complicated process we would like to share some insights that will make this easier for the purchaser to understand. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. 

We specialize in full service residential real estate services in Atlanta area. Ellen and I offer buyer agency in the close in the Atlanta North Metro and offer a full range of real estate services. We are Accredited Buyer Agents, Broker associates, Ellen is has CRS, and GRI designations. There are no fees from you to work with you as your buyer’s agent.


STATE OF GEORGIA law prohibits Broker from representing Buyer as a client without first entering into a written agreement under O.C.G.A § 10-6A et. seq.*


Atlanta Buyer Agency ExplainedAtlanta Buyer Agency: In a routine real estate transaction, usually the real estate agents represented the party who has signed an agreement with them to market their home, i.e. the seller. It is important that you realize, as a purchaser of real estate, that times have changed. REALTORS® can now legally represent the buyer. REALTORS® have a responsibility to you to be honest and ethical in presenting property to you and are required to divulge ALL KNOWN in a seller’s property disclosure. This is a list of facts and defects about a property in order for you to make an intelligent buying decision. However, at no time can they give you any information detrimental to the seller, and they must pass on to the seller any information they have about you, such as your willingness to pay more for a property than your offer indicates. So why is this important? A seller disclosure statement is an important tool for the buyer and the seller. It brings to all concerned parties a clearer picture of the home and a more accurate expectation level for the buyer.

An example: If the basement or a roof leaks, the buyer will know that this will need to be attended to before finishing off that family room downstairs or repainting the bedrooms. And if the furnace, air conditioner or hot water heater are old, but in working order, you will be prepared for its replacement when the time comes. Sometimes the current owner may not know a property’s condition, especially if the property has been a rental. Be sure to review disclosures with your agent carefully and ask all the questions you have until you feel comfortable. Do not be afraid to ask for a professional to further examine our options However, you may also enter into a written agreement with the Agent to have him or her act on your behalf. This is called Buyer Agency or buyer representation. Jim and Ellen can guide you through the maze of questions and issues that will arise, and as buyers agents will work on your behalf to resolve them or clarify.

Ellen and I choose to offer Buyer Representation, and will specifically represent you, as our client, in the buying process, if you wish. As members of the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC), we’re skilled in providing excellent representation for buyers. Plus, Georgia law requires that we have a written agreement, stating our mutual obligations. Under such a buyers agency agreement, we have a legal duty to divulge to all parties that we are working under a “buyer agency” agreement. Under such an agreement, your interests will be represented. Costs are paid from the sellers’ funds at closing. So there is no cost to you at all!



  1. Meet with buyer to determine specific housing needs, location, and budget.
  2. Provide mortgage qualification assistance to facilitate the mortgage application process.
  3. Conduct on-going search of housing availability, through the First Multiple Listing Service.
  4. Contact “For Sale By Owners” and builders as appropriate on your behalf if necessary.
  5. Schedule appointments and accompany buyer client on all property showings.
  6. Complete a buyers comparative market analysis (CMA) on any home selected for purchase.
  7. Assist buyer in structuring a Purchase Offer and represent buyer’s interests in all negotiations with the seller, maintaining absolute confidentiality.
  8. Schedule appointments to provide access to the property for inspectors, appraisers, repairs etc.
  9. Closely follow the closing process, from contract to closing to ensure that all necessary documentation is completed and available before closing date.
  10. Provide a free Relocation Package if required.
  11. Follow client’s instructions regarding any transaction, providing such instructions are legal and ethical, and maintain client’s confidentiality.
  12. Disclose all known facts that could affect the transaction.

Atlanta GA Real Estate Properties & Homes For Sale

For More information about buying or selling Atlanta GA real estate, homes or Atlanta GA real estate properties in the North Fulton area please feel free to Contact Us Now! Call now! "For Atlanta's Best Real Estate - find it on AtlantaBestHomes.Com!" Contact Us Now!

Atlanta Crye-Leike REALTORS Jim & Ellen Crawford

  Directions to Office - Click Here! Cell Number: 678-595-5283 Office: (678)845-1200 Ask for Ellen Crawford

What are Homes Selling for in Cumming GA?


What are Homes Selling for in Cumming GA Neighborhoods? | Cumming Real Estate

What are Homes Selling for in Cumming GA Neighborhood? Cumming GA listing agents offer Cumming home owners advice on selling a home – home prices and home sales in Cumming Georgia.

What are Homes Selling for in My NeighborhoodWhat are homes selling for in Cumming, GA?  It depends! There is more to selling a home than just looking at the listing price alone. There are many factors to consider when listing a home for sale in Cumming, Georgia. Too many people rely on what they hear on the news or read in the newspapers for real estate trends. That is misleading.  All of real estate really is local.  Cumming is a big town and we have lots of small neighborhoods, communities, counties, and enclaves.  All of these can be further broken down into the number of homes for sale, school district, location of the home, access to commutes and more. 

From that point we also have to break down the community – does it have swim tennis, golf, a clubhouse etc.?   Next we have to look at the home itself.  Listing prices are important.  Is the home priced correctly? Where is it located in the community?  Does it back to a road, or under power lines? It is a level lot or is the home below street grade or above?  Does the home have good curb appeal?  Is the lawn manicured and have professional landscaping?   Now what about the condition of the home?  Does the exterior of home need new paint or neutralized colors? On the inside of the home, does the home need paint, carpet, are the appliances and light fixtures original? Are there pet odors or does a smoker live there?

Another factor is maintenance.  Was the home maintained and what is the working condition of appliances?  Are the appliances and heating and air conditioning original builder grade? What condition are they in?  Have they been replaced of upgraded recently?  When the home has no upgrades it is more apparent to the home buyers – not to the sellers – and that will effect price of the homes.

Last item to consider about recent home sales in your neighborhood is the sellers motivation when selling a home.  Why is the home seller selling the home?  Is there a job transfer, a death in the family, health issues, retirement, new children, financial troubles or does the home seller have needs of a bigger or smaller home?  Those items can all have a major impact on what price the seller sells their home at.

So now you can see – there is more to selling a home than asking “What are homes selling for in my neighborhood?”  The answer to that question takes a lot of research from experienced Cumming listing agents like ourselves.  For more information about what your home is worth, home values, or a free CMA, contact us. If you are planning in selling a home in Cumming you will need Cumming’s best listing agents. We are Cumming real estate agents and Realtors – selling homes in Cumming since 1993.

Cumming GA Neighborhood Home Values are Based On:

  • Local Real Estate Trends and Statistics
  • Recent Home Sales of Similar Homes in Same Neighborhood
  • Home Construction – Quality
  • Desirability of Community – Curb Appeal
  • School Ratings
  • Subdivision Appeal
  • Subdivision Amenities
  • Location of Home – Desirability
  • Curb Appeal of Home – Inviting
  • Maintenance of Home – Integrity
  • Upgrades in Home – Improvments
  • Price of Home
  • Motivation of Seller
  • Terms of Sale
  • Seller Concessions

Atlanta GA Real Estate Properties & Homes For Sale

For More information about buying or selling Atlanta GA real estate, homes or Atlanta GA real estate properties in the North Fulton area please feel free to Contact Us Now! Call now! "For Atlanta's Best Real Estate - find it on AtlantaBestHomes.Com!" Contact Us Now!

Atlanta Crye-Leike REALTORS Jim & Ellen Crawford

  Directions to Office - Click Here! Cell Number: 678-595-5283 Office: (678)845-1200 Ask for Ellen Crawford