I realized recently that I can still remember every client I've ever helped in my entire career... As I thought about all my past clients, it dawned on me the reason why I remember each one so well - I spend a LOT of hours working closely with each homebuyer (and getting to know them in the process)!
Bonds tend to form as you spend more time with people, and I tend to spend hours and hours with my clients touring properties, discussing the ins and outs of home buying, writing offers, attending inspections, etc., etc. As I was thinking about this, it also dawned on me that most people may not understand the time involved for an Exclusive Buyer's Agent with each client (or why I typically only work with 4-7 clients who are actively looking for a home at any given time).
... So here's an explanation...
Some of my active clients live here in San Diego County. These are people who are searching for a home to purchase while, at the same time, juggling all the normal responsibilities of work, kids, life, etc. These clients typically only have time to look at properties in the evenings after work or on weekends. With only five weeknights in a week, an in-town client like this can eat up time pretty fast, although many homebuyers only care to look at properties one or two days a week. During the day, I typically have time to show property to other clients (in the mornings or afternoons, for example), but I also need to allow time for drafting offers, scheduling and coordinating showing appointments, attending inspections, monitoring communication (between escrow, lender, buyer, seller, title, inspectors, etc.) for other clients who are already "in escrow", and more.
Some clients live out of town, and when they come into town to look for a home, I do my best to set aside my schedule for them to make sure we maximize the time they're here. This could be as short as one full day, or it may take up a complete weekend or several days during the week.
Some homebuyers want to "hit the ground running", so to speak, and are highly motivated to find a home as soon as possible. Other buyers want to move more slowly and ease into the home buying process. I let YOU set the pace. I don't push you when you want to move slowly, and I don't slow you down when you want to move quickly. At some point, all of my clients find a home they want to buy, and everything moves more quickly at that point. I am basically on-call for you whenever we have those time-sensitive deadlines. Weekends and evenings are OK at those critical times. And although it's true that I'm always working with other clients, you will most likely not even notice it. I take pride in being there for you, and I make it a point to never take on more clients than I can reasonably handle.
Working exclusively with homebuyers (never sellers) allows me the flexibility to be able to accommodate each new client, no matter when they need me. It always seems to work out that when I'm finished helping one client, another calls me or gets referred to me from a past client (and now that I've been doing this so many years, I've even had a number of repeat clients). My schedule is much like a contract consultant. I work for one client for a period of time, and then move on to help the next client once my job has been completed for the first client.
This is one of the main reasons I chose to work as an Exclusive Buyer Agent (and not take listings or represent sellers). I am freed up to be there for my homebuyer clients whenever they need me (and offer a higher level of service that a homebuyer truly deserves). With each new client I work out a customized schedule that works for both of us. I've found that this level of customer service is highly appreciated by my clients.
The first step towards hiring me as your Exclusive Buyer's Agent is to schedule an interview (or what I call a "Buyer Strategy Session").
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Justin Gramm is the founder and principal broker of Globella Buyers Realty, your San Diego Exclusive Buyer Brokerage. He also writes this blog, "For San Diego Home Buyers."
Exclusive Buyer Agents do not list homes for sale and never represent sellers. They have no "inventory" to try to sell you. They can represent you in purchasing any home. They are specialists at representing buyers only on the buyers' side of the transaction. Exclusive Buyer Agents work to get buyers the best price and terms when they buy a home.
If you have excellent credit and plan to buy a home or condo in San Diego County within 90 days, contact Justin Gramm to hire an agent on your side of the transaction. Call Justin at 619-775-1977 or E-mail.