We have the most unique business model in the country!
Exclusive Buyer’s Agents
An Exclusive Buyer’s Agent is a Realtor who works only for the buyer. They work in an office that never takes listings, so there is no conflict of interest to jeopardize the buyer’s negotiating position. Our job is to help homebuyers find and buy the home of their choice at the lowest possible price and with the best terms.
HelpUBuy America has a stellar reputation with the Better Business Bureau, the Texas Real Estate Commission, the National Association of Realtors, the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents, and Consumer Advocates in American Real Estate. In addition, HelpUBuy America has been named the best buyer’s agency in Texas in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Wealth and Financial International Magazine!
Types of Agents
In Texas, unless you have an agreement with a real estate agent (written or oral), ALL agents represent the Seller.
A dual agent represents the buyer and the seller in the same transaction. The Broker collects a double commission and the parties have no representation Texas is a dual agency state, except its called “intermediary agency”.
Regular buyer’s agents work for companies like Keller Williams, RE/MAX, Redfin, and others. A Buyer’s Agent becomes an intermediary when their buyer/client purchases an in-house listing.
Exclusive Buyer’s Agents
Exclusive Buyer’s Agents (EBAs) represent buyers 100% of the time. Unlike dual agents, intermediaries, or regular buyer’s agents, EBAs work for companies that never take listings and never represent sellers.
Is Exclusive Buyer’s Agency right for you?
Are you an aggressive sales person? Can’t take “no” for an answer? Are you a fan of door knocking and passing out flyers in parking lots? If so, you definitely WON’T like life as an Exclusive Buyer’s Agent. We’re helpers, not closers. We treat our clients like we would our little brother or sister; we hold their hand and walk them safely through the process. Our job is to help the buyer purchase the home of their choice at the best possible price and with the best terms. Generally speaking, EBAs are great caretakers but terrible salespeople!
We Offer Flat-Fee & Full Service Pricing
It’s hard for buyers to trust that their Realtor is going to negotiate the best deal for them when their commission is based on the sales price. To eliminate this conflict of interest, HelpUBuy America offers full-service and flat-fee pricing. Our flat fee ranges from $6,000-$8,000, depending on the area, and the balance of the commission is rebated back to the buyer at closing.
Roughly 88% of New Agents Are Out of Business in Less Than 2 Years
According to the Department of Labor, the median real estate agent’s income in 2016 was $42,500. That’s gross income, out of which all their business expenses had to be paid! The bottom 10% had a gross median income of only $24,400. Why? First, competition is fierce. The National Association of Realtors has 1.7 million members! In any given city, traditional real estate companies have 50-200 agents competing for the same buyers and sellers. There is no competitive advantage working for these brokerages, and new agents are generally destined to fail within their first two years in business. Second, the internet has created a much more educated buyer. Historically, the real estate industry has catered to sellers, to the financial detriment of the buyer. Today’s buyers know better. They understand that they are entitled to proper representation. When given an option, buyers will always opt to work with an agent that they know will always be on their side. Wouldn’t you?
Is it Smart to Give Up Working With Sellers?
It’s brilliant, actually. When you stop competing with the thousands of seller’s agents in your area, you become your city’s “go to” person for buying a home.
Do you want to be a small fish in a big pond or a big fish alone in the pond?
The truth is this: in any given real estate office, the vast majority of agents work with buyers, not sellers. These agents might list a home once in a while, but the bulk of their transactions involve buyers. See for yourself! Visit the website of any big brokerage in your area, and then check their agents’ production on the MLS. You’ll find that a handful of agents have 95% of the listings and the rest are working with buyers. Instead of making the very smart decision to specialize in buyer representation, they opt to “leave their listing options open – just in case.” They pay ridiculous commission splits, waste their time in sales meetings, work for free as their broker’s receptionist, and run around town wearing their “I sell houses!” pins, hoping to be approached by a buyer or seller in need of their services. Day after day, year after year, the beat goes on. The brokers get rich and the agents go out of business.
Chick-Fil-A makes a fortune selling chicken. LEGO’s doesn’t sell dolls or toy trucks. Yogurt shops don’t sell ice cream. It’s not necessary to be a generalist in order to make a great living in real estate. In fact, your odds of success increase exponentially if you fill a gap in the marketplace and become a buyer specialist.
The world doesn’t need another run of the mill Realtor, but homebuyers are desperate for Exclusive Buyer Representation.
Don’t Confuse Us With Discounters
To qualify for flat-fee pricing, our buyer/clients must agree to do much of the legwork on their own. HelpUBuy America agents don’t spend hours driving buyers around town, and they don’t work all hours of the day and night. Our flat-fee commission is fixed and our services are limited, and homebuyers LOVE it! Of course, our traditional price-based commission plan is always available for buyers who don’t want or qualify for our flat-fee program.
Training, Training, Training
Big brokerages have been using training as a recruiting tool for years and the vast majority of new agents STILL fail within the first two years. The truth is that representing buyers and sellers is pretty easy. The hard part is finding the clients. If you’re spending time in “training” classes to learn anything other than how to spot defects in a home or how to negotiate a good deal, you’re wasting your time. We don’t offer you classes on goal setting or try to motivate you to knock on doors or make cold calls. That’s the kind of thing you have to do when you’re selling a service that no one wants. You need to come to us self-motivated. You’ll have to be comfortable working independently because we’re a cloud based brokerage. When you do, we teach you how to do two important things. First, we teach you how to protect the rights of homebuyers, from choosing a home, to shopping for financing and negotiating a deal. Second, we show you how to market yourself as a homebuying expert. That’s it!
Endorsers of Exclusive Buyer’s Agency
Exclusive Buyer Agency is endorsed by all the consumer good guys like Dave Ramsey, Ralph Nader, Jean Chatzky, and Suze Orman. Even the Department of Justice recommends that buyers hire an Exclusive Buyer’s Agent rather than a traditional agent!
Smart Money’s Jean Chatzky strongly advises buyers to hire an Exclusive Buyer’s Agent to purchase a home. Here she talks to Bryant Gumbel about the four types of real estate agents and what you’re really getting when you hire them.
“…Finally, make sure you get what’s known as an exclusive buyer’s agent, one who is exclusively loyal to you, the buyer.”
Note: HelpUBuy America is NOT a part of Ramsey’s endorsed realtor program where agents pay a monthly fee and referral fee to be included in the program. Our accolades and endorsements are earned, not purchased.
“Home-buyers may not realize that the friendly real-estate agent who has shown them through dozens of homes and shared their secrets is legally obliged to use that information to help get the best possible price and terms for the seller.”
“Even though a traditional agent may spend hours and hours with you, her allegiance isn’t to you at all. It’s to the seller, and in this regard her main motivation is to get as much money out of you as possible. “
US News & World Report
“Buyer brokers: agents that buyer’s call their own…” “If your real estate agent isn’t a buyer broker, he works for the seller.” “Buyers no longer have to fend for themselves”
“Agents: How to hire one for your side.” “Most agents who show you homes don’t represent your interests. They work for the seller, and their object is to sell the house at the highest possible price.”
Wall Street Journal
“But consumer advocates say [dual agency] cheats both buyers and sellers, denying them an agent’s allegiance and undivided attention at a time when they’re making a major financial decision. ‘You’re either loyal or you’re not. It’s like being slightly pregnant,’ says Maureen F. Glasheen, former counsel to the New York Secretary of State, who opposes dual agency.”
What you need is what’s known as an “exclusive buyer agent.” – CNN Money – “Money 101, Lesson 8: Buying a Home”
US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development
“Although… agents and brokers provide helpful advice, they may legally be representing the interests of the seller and not yours.” “Shopping for Your Home Loan: HUD’s Settlement Cost Booklet”
“(Buyer) brokers are obliged to get buyers the best deal possible, they approach a house with a critical eye for apparent flaws. “
“Confide to a traditional real estate broker that you’re prepared to bid as much as [$xxx,xxx] on a house, and the broker will tip off the seller. Tell a buyer-broker, and the seller will never know.”
Los Angeles Times
“Exclusive buyer’s agents work only for consumers and often can save them money… [they] are not tied to any particular property or agency, so they will show buyers any home, even those for sale by owner.”
Consumer Federation of America
“If you want representation, work with a buyer broker. They are legally obligated to represent your interests in any negotiations with sellers.”
New York Times
“A buyer’s broker is prohibited from disclosing to a seller that the buyer can, or will, pay more than what has been offered… To eliminate conflict of interests, exclusive buyer agents do not take listings. Buyer’s broker make a great deal of sense.”
“Unlike traditional agents, EBAs don’t work for listing brokers, so they avoid the risk of dual agency — when one broker represents both parties. EBAs are still paid by the seller, but they can promise to represent your interests exclusively throughout the transaction and help you negotiate the lowest price.”
About Alysse Musgrave
In over 25 years of helping people buy homes in D/FW, Alysse Musgrave has not once represented a seller.
Not only does this position Alysse as an expert and industry leader in residential real estate, but it also guarantees that her clients will never have to worry about a conflict of interest when it comes to buying their next house. Alysse’s unflinching honesty has earned her a stellar reputation with her client base, who appreciate the fact that her standards are often even higher than their own. Alysse can spot structural issues in a matter of minutes, and she will personally foot the bill if a house doesn’t appraise or pass inspection. Whether she’s training new agents or helping her clients find their next home, Alysse is uniquely well-versed in her field and utterly committed to providing an exceptional customer experience.
Alysse Musgrave is the broker/owner of HelpUBuy America and a graduate of Texas A&M University and the Sheffield School of Interior Design. She is a contributing writer for Zillow Group and the author of 4 books including the internationally acclaimed and best-selling “Buying a Home: Don’t Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You!” now in its 6th edition.
Do it Different and Do it Better
You will never, ever, ever have a profitable, sustainable career in real estate if you can’t generate leads. Ever. To make it, you need to offer a service that people want. You need to do something different than the next guy, and you need to do it much better. Exclusive Buyer’s Agency gives you the greatest competitive advantage in real estate today. This advantage will help you generate leads on your own which is what every agent needs to build a highly profitable, sustainable and respectable business.
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We’re Everything You Love About Real Estate
Being an Exclusive Buyer’s Agent with HelpUBuy America means a stable income and the opportunity to design your own life. The earning potential is limitless. We give you the business model, reputation, and tools you need to be a success, and we support you every step of the way.
Schedule a Call
The first step toward a successful career as an Exclusive Buyer’s Agent is to schedule a phone interview/informational session with broker Alysse Musgrave. In-person interviews are held on a semi-monthly basis. To get started, complete the form below.
850 S. MacArthur Blvd
Coppell, Texas 75019
1707 Post Oak Blvd Suite 558
Houston, TX 77056