May 18, 2018
Real Estate investing isn't fast or flashy, but it is effective. We can help
February 07, 2018
El Paso's connection to Super Bowl LII
May 24, 2017
A CENTURY 21 APD real estate agent will help you hold your deal together, no matter how stressful those deals can be.
May 09, 2017
Careers in real estate are more than a 'side hustle'. Make an appointment to invest in yourself.
January 10, 2017
Grow your business in 2017!
November 14, 2016
Information About Brokerage Services
August 08, 2016
Effective Cost of Home Ownership, should you rent or buy? What do you need to consider?
August 01, 2016
It is critical to correctly price your home for sale. An agent can assist you with that
July 26, 2016
Your agent can help you with the questions you have to get pre-qualified to buy a home.
August 06, 2014
Century 21 swept all four JD Power Awards ranking highest in overall customer satisfaction that covered first-time home buyers/sellers & repeat home buyers/sellers. When it comes time to choose real estate representation, call on Century 21 APD Associates to help you with your needs!
July 03, 2013
Walking into a builder’s Model Home?
DO NOT ASSUME the agent on duty works for you or represents your interests!
There are 2 sides to every real estate transaction: the buyer side and the seller side. The listing agent, or seller’s agent, represents the seller and the buyer’s agent represents the buyer. The commission in a real estate transaction is almost always paid for by the seller. At closing of the transaction, the seller pays the listing brokerage a previously agreed upon sum which the listing brokerage then splits with the buyer agent’s brokerage. 99.9999 times out of 100, this is how it works. In other words, in almost every case a buyer can hire a Realtor® to represent their best interests in a real estate transaction FOR FREE. Since buying a home is one of the largest purchases you will ever make and the journey can be full of obstacles, it makes good sense to hire a buyer agent Realtor® to represent you in the transaction—especially since it can be done at no added cost to you!
What about in the case of new construction?
You walk into a builder’s model home and there is a very friendly agent on duty and that agent seems ready to serve you. Sometimes that agent is looking for a buyer to represent and you can feel good about hiring that agent to represent your interests. But sometimes (and this is the case with increasing frequency here in El Paso) that agent on duty seems to be acting as a Realtor®, but is actually only a builder’s salesperson and can only show you that builder’s houses. And it can also happen that that agent is actually working for the builder EVEN IF HE OR SHE IS A LICENSED REALTOR®. In essence, that Realtor® is functioning as a builder’s representative even if he or she is licensed by Texas to sell real estate. That agent’s fiduciary duty is to the seller (in this case the builder) and you would be better served to hire your own Realtor® to represent you in the transaction because:
If you’re house hunting and you haven’t hired your own advocate Realtor® yet, a good rule of thumb is to always ask the agent on duty, “DO YOU WORK FOR THE SELLER?” The answer may surprise you.