WHY BUY WITH DUFFY?  Choices of How To Share Our Commission – Up to HALF of Our Commission by Simply Searching MLS Listings in Atlanta Yourself to Find Your Home.

DUFFY has a unique relationship with Buyers.  We have buyers who are on a self journey of searching MLS listings in metro Atlanta themselves and when they find the home themselves and we show them only the homes that they have driven by and have further interest in, we share up to HALF of our commission with them.  Other buyer clients prefer an Agent Assisted Search and they still share a portion of our commission.  Both clients are able to use our proprietary Timeline that provides protection, time savings and sanity during the buying process.  

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BUYER’S BILL OF RIGHTS

You Have Rights!

1 You have the right to hire and fire your agent with one signature.

2 You have the right to free representation as a client, you are not a customer.
3You have the right to share in your agent’s commission.

4You have the right to ask 7 Key Questions of Neighbors, get a C.L.U.E. Report, and a sex offenders check.

DUFFY Commission Sharing

Self Searching or Agent Assisted Searching 

Either plan reaps a share of our commission.  Self Searching can reap up to HALF of our Commission.

Buying a Home Starts with How to Search the MLS in Atlanta and Other Listings For Sale

If you are the type of buyer that wants to search on your own to find the property, that is great.  You can share up to HALF of our commission.  If you are a buyer that wants an agent assisted search that includes properties that are not currently on the market, we can do that too.  Both plans include our proprietary Timeline that will protect your money, time and sanity.  

Why you need a C.L.U.E. Report

A C.L.U.E. Report is a Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange report that can be obtained by an insurance agent to see what the claim history of the house is. Hire Us (no charge to you – the seller pays our commission) and we will give you more tips on how to use the report as part of our 8 STEP BUYER ACTION TIMELINE that we use with all of our buyer clients.

What are the 7 key questions to ask the neighbors?

There are 7 key areas that must be discussed with neighbors before you really know what you are buying. Hire Us (no charge to you – the seller pays our commission) and we will give you the 7 key questions as part of our 8 STEP BUYER ACTION TIMELINE that we use with all of our buyer clients.

How do you compare a loan proposal from lenders?

What is a financing matrix? It helps you compare the loans and make the right loan proposal back to the lender that is best for you. Hire Us (no charge to you – the seller pays our commission) and we will give you the financing matrix. We will also give you the questions to ask lenders as part of our 8 Step BUYER ACTION TIMELINE that we use with all of our buyer clients.

Why is it important to check the Home Inspector’s liability insurance before hiring them?

When you have the right to inspect, you also have the liability of damage to the home in most purchase and sale contracts used in Georgia. So, hiring the right inspector with the right credentials becomes very critical to your success should you not want to purchase the home that the inspector has damaged. Hire Us (no charge to you – the seller pays our commission) and we will give you the key questions to ask an Inspector before hiring them as part of our 8 Step BUYER ACTION TIMELINE that we use with all of our buyer clients.

Why have Owner’s Title Insurance?

Owner’s Title Insurance protects your equity and down payment from liens that have not been filed, survey issues and easement issues. Hire Us (no charge to you – the seller pays our commission) and we will give you the other important factors of Owners Title Insurance as part of our 8 STEP BUYER ACTION TIMELINE that we use with all of our buyer clients.

What is the Buyer’s Agent’s role in the process?

We feel that an agent’s role is to provide consultation and guidance in following a system that is written and discussed before you find the house you want to make an offer on. To make sure that everyone is on the same page, we use a proprietary, a practical hands-on system called the 8 STEP BUYER ACTION TIMELINE. Our process prevents costly and embarrassing errors and puts your mind at ease, making the home buying process fun. After all, you have earned the right to buy a home. Hire Us (no charge to you – the seller pays our commission) and we will give you the TIMELINE and a very important team structure that provides you with expertise at every step of the way. We take the responsibility of guiding you very seriously. Our real business is you!

Why take a Toolbox to look at houses?

Every buyer and every agent should have a toolbox with them when they look at houses, especially when they rate them high and have further interest. What should be in the toolbox? Hire Us (no charge to you – the seller pays our commission) and we will give you the list of what should be in your toolbox (marble is one of them) as part of our 8 Step BUYER ACTION TIMELINE that we use with all of our buyer clients.

Searching MLS Listings in Atlanta & Tips for Buying Your First Home

First time home buyers often wonder if they’re making a big mistake when searching MLS listings in Atlanta and its suburbs. The idea of committing to a house and a mortgage payment can feel worrying and unsettling. On the other hand, the allure of owning your own place can also feel exciting! Before you jump into homeownership, here are several quick tips to help you to buy a home that you’ll love without regrets:

1. Determine How Much You Can Safely Afford

It’s a good idea to know how much house you can buy without causing yourself financial stress or discomfort. A safe guideline is to make sure your mortgage plus other debt payments shouldn’t be more than 36% of your gross monthly income.

2. Research Neighborhoods and House Types

After figuring out how much house you can comfortably afford, take some time to research neighborhoods in areas you would like to live. Look for information about neighborhood safety and crime data, identify proximity to local hospitals, grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacy, and any other nearby venues that may be important to you. Even if you don’t have kids, check out local school ratings as well, since these can affect home values.  Then it will be easier and less stressful when searching MLS listings in Atlanta, Georgia if you have criteria to narrow down the area. 

When looking at homes directly, it’s a good idea to choose a home that will fit your needs. Do you want a spacious single-family home with a yard? Or would you prefer a town home or condo with a homeowner’s association fee to pay for amenities and maintenance?

3. Hire a Skilled Real Estate Agent 

Good real estate agents are experts not only in buying and selling homes, but also in the local areas in which they serve. Their experience and knowledge can be invaluable to the first-time homebuyer and it goes beyond what searching the MLS listings in Atlanta will give you . They help to locate suitable homes in desirable areas, as well as to avoid any pitfalls of the process. Look for a skilled agent that you get along with, who has experience in the area you want to buy and a reputation for putting their customer’s needs first.

4. Buy with the Future in Mind

Buying a home that meets your current needs is easy to do, but what will you need in 2 years? 3 years? For example, if you plan to expand your family, you can position yourself for these future changes by buying a home with room to grow. Just be sure you have room enough for the next 5 years in the home.

5. Do Your Homework

When you find a place that you’d like to buy, remember the peripheral things. Talk to neighbors and ask about local benefits and concerns in the area. Visit the property and neighborhood at different times throughout the week to note what is going on around the area.

If you think it may be time to buy your first home here in the Atlanta area, call our team here at DUFFY Realty for a conversation. Our knowledgeable agents are among the best, providing high-quality service and attentive care to our first-time home buyer clients. 

Call us at (678) 318-1400 to learn how we can help you find your new home.  

Use our Search tool here on our website to save your searches of MLS listings in Atlanta, GA.

DUFFY Realty proudly offers and delivers discount real estate commission savings at around 1% of the sales price versus 5% (+) for Sellers in Metro Atlanta and both Self Searching and Agent Assisted Searching for Buyers both with a share of our commission based on the duties a buyer takes on for themselves.  Self Searching Buyers can search MLS listings in Atlanta, GA on our website.  We work in Georgia in the following cities: Acworth, Adairsville, Alpharetta, Aragon, Athens, Atlanta, Austell, Avondale Estates, Ball Ground, Bethlehem, Big Canoe, Bogart, Bowden, Braselton, Bremen, Brookhaven, Brooks, Buckhead, Buford, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Chamblee, Clarkston, College Park, Conyers, Covington, Cumming, Dacula, Dahlonega, Dallas, Dawsonville, Decatur, Doraville, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Eatonton, Ellijay, Euharlee, Experiment, Fairburn, Fairmont, Fayette , Fayetteville, Flovilla, Flowery Branch, Forest Park, Gainesville, Grayson, Greensboro, Griffin, Hampton, Hapeville, Haralson, Hiram, Houschton, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johns Creek, Jonesboro, Kennesaw, Lake Lanier, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Lithia Springs, Lithonia, Locust Grove, Loganville, Mableton, Madison, Marble Hill, Marietta, Maysville, McDonough, Milton, Monroe, Monticello, Morrow, Nelson, Newnan, Norcross, Orchard Hill, Oxford, Palmetto, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Riverdale, Rockmart, Roswell , Sandy Springs, Scottdale, Senoia, Sharpsburg, Smyrna, Snellville, Social Circle, Stockbridge, Stone Mountain, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Talking Rock, Taylorsville, Temple, Tucker, Tyrone, Union City, Villa Rica, Vinings, Waleska, Watkinsville, White, Williamson, Winder, Woodstock, Zebulon.  678.318.1700