How to find a buyers agent when you don't live nearby?
We are considering buying a vacation property in a ski area bout 3 hours from our current home. We have been renting there for 5 years so are very familiar with the area. There are 3-5 properties on the market that we are interested in. I have already seen 3 of the the properties with the sellers agent but my husband has not. We will be making a cash offer.
We plan to go up next weekend and look at the properties. Thinking we should have a buyers broker show us the properties. We have bought and sold 5 houses in the past and have usually just found our buyers brokers by talking to agents at open houses in the area we planned to move to and have always had good luck this way. Since that is not an option, we are unsure of how to locate a good buyers agent without being able to meet them first.
The selling agent that I met with works for a firm that probably hold 85% of the listings at the ski area so obviously they would be the most knowledgable about market values, condo fees & assessments, etc. However, I prefer to not deal with someone in the same firm as the sellers agent. There are probably only 2-3 other firms in the area I can contact as its a pretty rural area besides the ski area.
Assuming I call them, what type of questions should I ask? Should I not rule out using the same firm as the sellers? Also, is it unreasonable to think that he should be able to get us into all 5 properties in one day? The properties are often occupied by renters.