We have specialized in representing out of town purchasers on Lake Keowee since 1996. Below is some important information to consider. There’s much you can do in advance when preparing to acquire property in a distant location. I have compiled some useful information that will make your property buying experience much more profitable, comforting and enjoyable.
Please let us share our expertise with you and give you the advantage of Buyer Representation. Did you know that in the new communities (The Cliffs Communities and the Reserve) and model homes you must contact your agent before you contact the community or builder in order to be legally represented by your own REALTOR®? If you contact a new development by calling, e-mailing or visiting and provide them with your name and phone number or address, you are "registered" with the development and give up your right to representation. We will not be able to assist you in developer owned properties if you contact them first. Let us make that contact for you and you will benefit from having buyer representation on both developer owned properties and resale properties in these communities.
Understand Agency Relationships in South Carolina
The SC Real Estate License Law, in section 40-57-139 (A) (1) and (2), requires a real estate licensee to provide you with the Agency Law brochure and a meaningful explanation of agency relationships offered by the licensee’s Company. This must be done at the first practical opportunity when you and the licensee have substantive contact.
A real estate Company and its associated licensees can provide buyers and sellers valuable real estate services, whether in the form of basic customer services, or through client-level agency representation. The services you can expect will depend upon the legal relationship you establish with the Company. It is extremely important for you to discuss the following information with the real estate licensee and agree if in your business relationship you will be a customer or a client.
When you call me for the first time you are automatically a Customer of the real estate Company.
South Carolina license law defines customers as buyers or sellers who choose NOT to establish an agency relationship. The law requires real estate licensees to perform the following basic duties when dealing with any real estate buyer or seller as customers:
Present all offers in a timely manner
Account for money or other property received on your behalf
Provide an explanation of the scope of services to be provided
Be fair and honest and provide accurate information
Disclose “adverse material facts” about the property or the transaction which are within the licensee’s knowledge
Unless or until you enter into a written agreement with the Company for agency representation, you are considered a “Customer” of the Company, and the Company will NOT act as your agent. As a Customer, you should NOT expect the Company or its licensees to promote your best interest, or to keep your bargaining information confidential.
Customer-level service does not require a written agreement; therefore, you are not committed to the Agent or Company in any way.
The benefits of becoming a client of a real estate brokerage firm:
Clients receive more services than customers. If client status is offered by the real estate Company, you can become a client by entering into a written agency agreement requiring the Company and its associated licensees to act as an agent on your behalf and promote your best interests.
A seller becomes a client of a real estate Company by signing a formal listing agreement with the Company. For a seller to become a client, this agreement must be in writing and must clearly establish the terms of the agreement and the obligations of both the seller and the Company which becomes the agent for the seller.
A buyer becomes a client of a real estate Company by signing a formal buyer agency agreement with the Company. For a buyer to become a client, this agreement must be in writing and must clearly establish the terms of the agreement and the obligations of both the buyer and the Company which becomes the agent for the buyer. This service does not cost our Buyer clients as we are paid thru the Sellers Broker. If you enter into a written agency agreement, as a Client, you can expect the real estate Company to provide the following client-level services:
NOW THAT YOU UNDERSTAND AGENCY RELATIONSHIP IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Become a Client and Hire a Buyer’s Agent to represent YOU!
You are visiting this area for the first time and there are so many things to learn. Do you want to maximize your time during your visit and see all of the real estate opportunities available, not just developer owned properties? Would you feel comfortable buying in one development without seeing what other options are available in the Lake Keowee area.
Remember, knowledge is power. The more knowledge you have gained by working with an Independent Buyers Agent, the greater the chances are of making a well informed purchase decision. An Independent Buyers Agent can begin working with you before you come to the area. By hiring an Independent Buyers Agent (an agent who has fiduciary responsibility to you), you’ll receive the big picture; in depth information about the area, distance to urban centers, education, the competing developments, the community, the residents, the climate, etc, etc, etc.
Once you arrive, you’ll be shown more than one development and you’ll be better equipped to make an informed evaluation and purchase decision. Don’t experience “buyer’s remorse”. Imagine how you’d feel if, after you’ve purchased (and spent hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions), you find out there’s another property, perhaps a resale home or home site, at a more attractive price, just around the corner. What if you found out there’s an entirely different community just down the lake that is better suited for your lifestyle? With your Lake Keowee Connection team, an Independent Buyer’s Agent, we will take the time to show you all your options – you’ll be very glad you hired us.