Should you use a buyer’s agent or DIY?


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Purchasing a property usually requires a fair amount of time for research, calculation, and consideration – which some buyers may not necessarily have.

That’s why more and more home buyers and property investors are turning to Buyer’s Agents as purchasers recognize the benefits having their own advocate levelling the playing field for them.

They’re looking for someone who can represent them in a real estate transaction, help negotiate a better deal, and help them achieve your investment goals by researching and hunting down the right properties.

So what is a buyer’s agent?

Buyer’s agents are licensed professionals who specialize in searching, locating, evaluating and negotiating the purchase of property on behalf of buyers.

They do not sell real estate.  They are engaged independently and paid for by the buyer to act on their behalf. 

The key difference between a selling agent and buyer’s agent is who they represent as, by law, an agent cannot act for and accept a commission from both parties in the same transaction.

Buyer’s agents offer a number of different service options, ranging from complete searches through to auction bidding and single property reports.

Their aim is to ensure that the purchaser is as fully informed as possible and doesn’t overpay for the property.

Having an experienced advocate on side who is familiar with suburb values and the purchasing process also assists in maintaining objectivity when it comes to negotiating the best possible outcome.

At Metropole we take it a step further and offer strategic property advise before we even start the property search.

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While using a buyer’s agent may not always save you money, it can definitely save you heartache and the expensive learning fee many buyers have to pay the market when:

  • They purchase the wrong property and miss out on capital growth, or
  • Have difficulty finding a tenant because they bought a secondary property, or
  • They overpay for their property because they didn’t have access to the right research.

I’ve heard these expensive learning fees some buyers pay the market called a “stupid tax”!

Having a buyer’s agent on your side allows you to leverage someone else’s experience to your advantage and saves you time. It’s too expensive and disheartening learning from your mistakes.

One thing that takes years and years to gain and something that is very difficult to learn is perspective

Let me explain…

If an agent has been buying and selling real estate for 10 or more years in a group of suburbs and they know what sells, what doesn’t and which properties are popular, that’s perspective – and that’s what you should be paying for.

By leveraging their perspective and their years of experience, you can find out things such as which side of the street is worth 15% more than the other side, because it’s got better views; or that one end of the street is closer to the highway and is therefore less valuable.

The macro bit of the research is easy to do – it’s the micro bit (the on the ground knowledge) that is hard to master. And you can’t get that through monitoring property sales on the internet  

Why use Metropole?

Sure I’m biased, but I know the rsults we have achieved for our clients:

1. We have access to every property for sale location map house suburb area find

As Buyer’s Agents, we have no properties for sale, but unlike selling agents, we have access to every property on the market including Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

2. We act for you and work for you

As Buyer’s Agents, we are paid by you and receive no commissions from selling agents or vendors.

We have no interest in any of the properties we recommend for purchase. In other words, all our recommendations are genuine and completely independent.

3. Our research saves you money

Engaging Metropole means you won’t pay too much. Selecting the right property requires time consuming research of many factors including past sales results, market influences and factors that would impact on future values.

4. Our experience saves you time property time market clock house cycle investment timing watch growth

Searching for the right property takes a considerable amount of time, – one of your most precious assets.

Many of our clients are busy professionals and understand the need to leverage their time. We do all the leg work and present a shortlist of suitable properties for you to inspect.

5. We know property

The team at Metropole has extensive property experience in the areas of property purchasing and negotiation.

You can be assured that the people negotiating and securing properties on your behalf are well informed on market trends and values.

We have office and experinced Buyer’s Agents in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

6. We find out what you want and get it for you Female Real Estate Agent Offer Home Ownership And Life Insurance To Young Couple.

We take the time to determine your needs and your long term goals at the beginning of the search process so that we can identify properties that meet all your requirements.

7. Our skills reduces your stress

Buying a home or invetsment proeprty can be a very stressful experience.

A Buyer’s Agent’s job is to make the process as hassle free as possible.

We guide you through the process, coordinating all the support services you need including solicitors, mortgage brokers, building inspectors and insurance brokers


If you’re looking for independent advice, no one can help you quite like the independent property investment strategists at Metropole

Remember the multi award winning team of property investment strategists at Metropole have no properties to sell, so their advice is unbiased.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned property investor, we would love to help you formulate an investment strategy or do a review of your existing portfolio, and help you take your property investment to the next level.

Please click here to organise a time for a chat. Or call us on 1300 20 30 30.

When you attend our offices in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane you will receive a free copy of my latest 2 x DVD program Building Wealth through Property Investment in the new Economy valued at $49.


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Brett Warren is Director of Metropole Properties Brisbane and uses his 13 plus years property investment experience to advise clients how to grow, protect and pass on their build their wealth through property. Visit: Metropole Brisbane

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