What is the role of a Buyer’s Agent?

Buyer’s Agents advocate for buyers in all areas of researching, viewing, due diligence, negotiating and securing the right property.

What is the role of Real Estate Agents?

Real Estate Agents represent the seller of a property otherwise known as the Vendor:
* Preparing & marketing a property for sale (photos, advertising, property staging).
* Provide a guide on the market based on recent sales in the area.
* Conducting open for inspections.
* Create interest amongst buyers.
* Working in the seller’s best interest to get the highest sale price.

What does the team at Joanna Boyd Buyers Advocate Do?

We can provide our buyers with: 
* Compassion and understanding.
* Alleviating the stress and pressure of searching and securing the right property in a timely manner.
* Receive expert guidance on property investment and coordinate professional property management services to oversee and care for your newly acquired investment..
* Market research around the current property value.
* Attending open homes and arranging private inspections of a property.
* We want to get you ahead of the buying pack.
* Securing the most favourable price and terms on behalf of our clients through negotiations.
* Arrange and attend the building & pest inspections to ensure the property is in great condition.
* We are there for our buyers from the start of their buying journey, right through to settlement and beyond.

How can the team at Joanna Boyd Buyers Advocate help you?

We want to secure you the right property for you and your family on a shorter buying time then when you are on the buying journey alone by securing the right property for the right price.

We want to provide our buyers with an enjoyable buying experience with less stress and providing them more of their time back.

As a good buyer’s agent, we will save our client’s money and source a great property by leveraging our market experience, knowledge and skills.

Ensure you get the right buying team behind you:
The team at Joanna Boyd Buyers Advocate are all properly qualified, fully licensed agents that have experience with buying properties.
Like with anything in life, experience makes all the difference when it comes to getting the best outcome.

Contact the team at JBBA today and let a Buyer’s Agent be your secret weapon in finding the perfect home.

I spend most days viewing homes on behalf of our buyers, however in a previous life, I was a sales associate and experienced all kinds of eye-opening actions taken by buyers at open homes. An open home is a great opportunity for buyers to inspect a property and for sellers to showcase their home. Open homes can be fun and exciting, they also require some etiquette and common sense.
Respect the property and their privacy of the sellers, and follow any rules or instructions that the agent might have.

Here are some of my tips and guidelines on Open Home Etiquette:

Shoes

Before entering a property be prepared to take off shoes at the front door. This shows respect to the agent and the homeowners, especially if the floors are newly carpeted, polished or renovated.
I have seen buyers come through an open home, where they had just finished at football training & still had the cleats on, covered in mud and grass, and have walked through the home tracking mud across the carpets that then needed to be steamed cleaned at the expense of this buyer- that ended up being an expensive viewing of a property they didn’t end up purchasing.

Furniture

Once inside the home, avoid touching or moving any furniture, such as tables, chairs, lamps or artworks. Again, this shows respect to the seller and the property, as well as to avoid any accidents or damage you may cause.
Previously, I sold a property for a family where the dad was fully blind and the mum had low vision impairment. The couple knew their way around their home from the furniture spacing, however upon their return home, the dining table and chairs had been moved to line up aesthetically with walls, however it threw out the family on their spacing and they were then running into other walls and furniture.

Cupboards/Pantry:

As buyers, you are welcomed to view the storage areas, shelving and wardrobe space, however, I suggest confirming with the agent before you start opening cupboards or pantry doors. Be discreet when looking inside and avoid touching or moving anything.  Close any cupboards, drawers or doors after you’re done. During one open home, I have seen a buyer open a seller’s fridge and help themselves to fruit and snacks for their children to keep them quiet, however the children have left half eaten fruit hidden in cupboards for the home owners to come home to find. YUCK!

Bedding

Walking through someone’s bedroom is a very private space. It is never ok to lay on a bed in an open home or touch the bedding, pillows and blankets. Look past the accessories, observe the size of the bed and the room furnishings that have been used to fill the space and work out if the room is large enough to accommodate your own bedroom furniture. I have seen buyers come through at the start of a very busy open home who looked as though they had too many drinks from the night before. When we were closing up the home at the end of the scheduled open time, we realised we hadn’t seen these buyers leave! We found them passed out in one of the bedrooms, tucked under the blankets and all!!

Bathroom

Avoid using the bathroom at an open home. Agents consider this to be inappropriate, rude and very disrespectful behaviour to the homeowner that has opened their home for you to view. However, if it’s urgent you should ask permission from the agent, be quick and clean, don’t forget to flush!

Children

Bringing children to open homes can possess some challenges and risks. Apart from the normal struggles of dragging children in and out of multiple homes, make sure that your kids are safe around pools. In summer it can get very hot and the pools at an open home can look very enticing. I have seen children wander off from mum and dad to inspect the pool. The children have stripped down to their underwear and dived into the pool for a swim. The absolute shock and embarrassment on the parent’s face, they couldn’t get the children out of the pool fast enough and kept apologising.

By following these simple tips, you can show respect and courtesy to the seller and the agent when attending open homes. If you’d prefer to have your weekend’s back, contact me to see how the team at JBBA can help.

The question “Are you where you need to be?” is one that we all ask ourselves at some point in our lives. It’s a question that can apply to many different areas of life, including career, family, and personal fulfilment.

Are You Living Your Best Life?

Living your best life is a popular phrase that has been used in recent years to describe the idea of living a life that is fulfilling, meaningful, and enjoyable.

Living your best life means different things to different people, but some common elements include feeling fulfilled and happy, having strong relationships, being healthy and active, and pursuing your passions and interests.

One way to determine if you are where you need to be in life is to take some time to reflect on your goals and values. Are you living a life that aligns with your core beliefs?

Are You in the Right Job?

Most of us spend a significant portion of our lives at work, so it’s essential to be in a job that we enjoy and that aligns with our skills and interests. If you feel unfulfilled or unsatisfied in your current job, it may be time to reassess your career path.

To determine if you are where you need to be, consider your job satisfaction and career goals. Are you happy with your current job, or do you dread going to work every day? Are you working towards your long-term career goals, or do you feel stuck?

It can be challenging to make a career change, but if it means finding a job that you love, it’s worth the effort.

Are You Family Focused?

Family is an essential part of many people’s lives, and it’s essential to ensure that you are meeting your needs to your loved ones. This can include spending quality time with your partner and children, providing emotional and financial support, and being there for them in times of sickness & health.

If you feel like you are not focused on your family, it may be time to reassess your priorities and make some changes. This could mean cutting back on work hours to spend more time with your loved ones, seeking out professional help to improve your relationships, or making other lifestyle changes to improve your overall well-being.

The question “Are you where you need to be?” is really something to think about.

A buyer’s advocate can be a valuable resource when considering whether you are where you need to be in terms of property ownership. The team at Joanna Boyd Buyers Advocate have extensive knowledge of the Brisbane property market and can provide insight into the current state of the market and whether it is a good time to purchase a property. By working with a buyer’s advocate, you can gain confidence in your decisions and ensure that you are making informed choices about your property ownership.