FAQ Buying a Home

Frequently Asked Questions from Home Buyers

Do I have to pay a buyer agent to represent me in buying a home?

Most typically, NO! When a seller hires an agent to sell their home they agree to pay that agent a commission to do so.  That agent in turn offers out half of that commission to any agent who can bring a buyer.  So while you are represented by your buyer agent, the seller's agent's commission is paying for the service.  Also known as "co-broke".

Do I have to have a home inspection?

You don't HAVE to but it is highly recommended.  A home inspector is licensed as a "general" inspector and will look at many aspects of the home.  They will run the furnace, test the A/C, run the appliances, inspect the attic, the basement, give an opinion on the general condition, do a radon or water test and make recommendations for maintenance.  A home inspector will not give estimates on repair or improvement.   Learn more about Home Inspections here: Consumer Facts on Home Inspectors MA

What is Title V?

Title V refers to the law in Massachusetts that regulates septic systems.  In most cases, the seller of a home will have a Title V inspection done at their expense and provide a passing Title V certificate required prior to conveyance of a home.  If the septic does not pass Title V, most of the time the seller will be responsible for the repair of the system.  If you are a seller, see FAQ for Sellers regarding more on this topic! And check out this link: MA Title V For Consumers

Who pays closing costs?

It is the buyer no matter how you slice it.  It is sort of an issue of semantics.  A buyer can write an offer with this contingency, for example: "Subject to seller contribution of up to $5000 toward buyer pre-paids, insurance and closing costs".  Let's say the home was on the market for $350,000 and in a bidding war, the buyer offers $355,000.  The offer is for practical purposes $350,000: $355,000-$5000 closing costs= $350,000 gross to seller.  The 5k comes off the seller's "top" but they are getting asking price.  The buyer is basically rolling those 5k closing costs into the mortgage.  

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