Realty Executives of Flagstaff

Wayne McCormick

Wayne McCormick


Realty Executives of Flagstaff


A Buyer's Agent: Why You Need One

(Published on - 5/10/2024 11:23:07 PM)

Buying a home is usually the largest purchase and financial commitment most people make in a lifetime. The process of finding and buying a home is both exhausting and complicated. For those reasons, you should find an experienced, local REALTOR® like Wayne McCormick, Broker/Owner at Realty Executives of Flagstaff, to guide you through the process, represent only you, and ensure your best interests are protected from start to finish. Here’s why Wayne is your best choice.

Typically, there are two REALTORS® involved in a real estate transaction.

  1. The Listing Agent works directly with the seller and represents them.
  2. The Buyer’s Agent works with the buyer and represents them.

Both agents are legally bound to represent only the interests of their clients, the buyers and sellers.
Some buyers make the mistake of contacting the listing agent and asking them to show them a home they are interested in. Buyers often think they can “get a better deal” if they work with the seller’s agent.

There are several reasons why that can be a costly mistake.

If you do choose to work with the seller’s agent, your choices of being fully represented are nonexistent. A seller’s agent can help you buy his seller client’s house with these agency choices:

1. Seller Agency – “The licensee has the duty to represent the seller’s best interests in the transaction.” You are not represented.

2. Single Agency – For all practical purposes, the same as a Seller Agency. You are still not represented.

3. Disclosed Dual Agency – A disclosed dual agent is a licensee acting for both the seller and the buyer in the same transaction and with the knowledge and written consent of both parties. The licensee cannot advocate on behalf of one client over the other. You are not fully represented. 

None of these choices allow a licensee to fully represent you, the buyer.

Here Are Some Common Pitfalls When A Home Buyer Works Directly With The Listing Agent.

  • If the listing agent is only representing the seller then they cannot by law be representing your best interest at the same time. On the other hand, if you have a buyer’s agent on your side, their loyalty and obligations are only to you and your interests.
  • If the listing agent is only representing the seller, they cannot give you advice on how to structure an offer, what to offer, or answer any of the dozens of questions buyers often have during a transaction.
  • A bias can be created if one side does not feel fairly or fully represented. That can cause an increase in liability for a licensee who is working with both a seller and a buyer at the same time.

Buyer Representation

When Working With A Buyer’s Agent

After review of the Buyer-Broker information, when both parties come to an agreement, here are some terms and obligations binding both parties under the agreement:

Broker’s Obligation

  • To use the broker’s best efforts to locate and submit property meeting the buyer’s criteria,
  • To represent the interests of the buyer and assist in all phases of the buying process, and
  • To abide by all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, including the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics.

Buyer’s Obligation

  • To advise all other parties of the broker’s exclusive representation of the buyer,
  • To conduct all purchase negotiations for property in the Market Area through a broker, and
  • To make all reasonable efforts to abide by the terms of any executed purchase contract.


For these services, the broker will be paid a fee at closing equal to the amount listed in MLS for the cooperating broker’s payout. For properties not listed with a broker, we will seek compensation from the seller, but the buyer agrees to fund any deficiency up to 3% of the purchase price. This compensation agreement shall apply to all properties that the broker submits for the buyer during the term of this agreement for a period of 120 days beyond the termination date.


This agreement terminates at 11:59pm on the last day of the term, unless, before that time, the buyer has entered into a contract to purchase property covered by this agreement or if either party notifies the other in writing that they wish to terminate this agreement within 7 days’ notice. If the buyer is under contract to purchase a property, then this agreement will continue if effect until closing.


If a dispute arises concerning this agreement and con not be resolved through good faith negotiations, then both parties agree to submit the dispute to mediation. If mediation becomes necessary, the parties will choose a mutually acceptable mediator and will share equally in cost.

A Buyer’s Agent’s job is to advise you through every step of the Homebuying Process.

In summary:

  • Begin loan approval process,
  • Start home search,
  • Make an offer,
  • Go under contract,
  • Schedule inspections, repairs, and insurance, and
  • Go to Closing.     

What Are Some Specific Things My Buyer’s Agent Can Do For Me?

Glad you asked, here are just a few from a very long list:

  • Assist in finding a local lender and helping you get prequalified for your purchase. Coordinate the loan process to ensure timelines are followed.
    • Discuss various financing options currently available such as FHA, VA, Rural Housing, Jumbo Loans, and others.
    • Identify your wants and needs in a new home.
    • Network with other local agents for homes not yet in the MLS, aka “coming soon”.
    • Help you select for viewing only those homes that fit your wants and needs.
    • Assist you in analyzing the pros and cons of each property.
    • Assist you in evaluating properties for suitability, affordability, and resale value. Bring attention to any shortfall in appraisal value compared to final sales price, so no surprises once the contract is ratified with the seller.
    • Provide you the latest market data such as days on the market, list price to sold price ratios, closed prices, and other current market data.
    • Guide you in preparing a purchase and sales agreement to make an offer on a property, drafting and negotiating contract terms like your personal attorney representative.
    • Help you create a negotiating strategy. Depending on market conditions, perhaps get the seller to buy down the buyer’s interest rate on the loan; or make adjustments on the potential market offer for items like flooring, cabinets, countertops, or any upgrades that have some adjusted value to the final contract offer.
    • Ensure you receive and understand all required state and federal disclosure forms
    • Prepare you for multiple offer situations and develop negotiating strategies relative to multiple offers.
    • Recommend inspectors, lenders, attorneys, and other professionals as necessary and ensure inspections are completed.
    • Be an advocate and advisor during the closing process.
    • Review and discuss home inspection concerns and provide an arsenal of handymen and contractors for more insights into the cost of any repairs on the house.
    • Monitor and communicate required contract deadlines to ensure they are met.
    • Accompany buyer clients on the final walk-through before closing to ensure the property is in the same condition as when contracted and that all contingencies have been met.
    • Remain a life-long trusted advisor for real estate questions, needs, and concerns.
    And lots more.

Some ask; “How Much Does A Buyer’s Agent Cost?” But a better question might be: How Much Does NOT Having A Buyer’s Agent Cost?”

There is a cost to hiring someone to act solely on your behalf. First of all, real estate commissions are fully negotiable between the licensee and their proposed client.
Often the seller’s agent has already agreed to share the fee the seller is paying them with the agent that brings the buyer. In any event, you will know exactly what amount you will be responsible for before you sign anything.

Finally, you should make sure the real estate licensee you hire to be your buyer’s agent is a REALTOR® which means they are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and have pledged to abide by their strict Code of Ethics. Not all real estate licensees are REALTORS®.


Contact me with any questions!


NAR Settlement: Here's the Truth

(Published on - 4/24/2024 4:55:52 PM)

The NAR Settlement: Here’s the Truth and How it Affects You.

1. The settlement forces brokers to reduce their compensation. FALSE

The settlement in no way establishes a standard or limitation on Realtors for what they may charge, nor services they elect to deliver. Those fees have always been negotiable and there has never been any collective bargaining. In every market, there is a wide variety of fees, just as there are levels of marketing, service and competence.

2. The settlement will, for the first time, allow sellers to no longer pay compensation for an agent bringing the buyer. FALSE.

There has never been an obligation for a seller to pay buyer agent compensation, yet it is a practice that’s worked well. A past rule requiring an offer of some amount of compensation was a rule of display on a Realtor-owned MLS, yet it could have been as low as $1. That limitation was removed and today the MLS accepts all listings, regardless of buyer agent consideration.

3. The settlement prohibits sellers from paying a commission to a buyer’s agent and relieves sellers of the financial burden. FALSE.

The mandate restricts buyer agent compensation from displaying on association-owned MLS, yet the practice can’t be restricted in any other form of marketing. Sellers may still elect to pay buyer agent compensation to differentiate their properties. While sellers can elect not to pay buyer agent compensation, that doesn’t mean they will avoid the economics as buyers may write into any offer a contingency requiring the seller to cover the cost or request other concessions.

4. The settlement will serve to meaningfully lower prices and make homeownership affordable again. FALSE.

Values in real estate are determined by supply and demand. Fees in a real estate transaction represent additional expenses, yet these include not only commissions but many other related charges. Should real estate commissions be reduced by 1% because of compression, that $500,000 home will now cost $495,000. Do you think the seller now believes the home is worth less and will happily give the difference to the buyer? The reason home ownership is increasingly less affordable is that homes in our market have significantly risen in value these last few years.

5. The settlement is a win for buyers who will now be able to negotiate the fee for representation. QUESTIONABLE.

For readers who have purchased homes, it is more than likely you were happy to have the seller compensate your agent so you didn’t have to. For buyers who had to provide the down payment and closing expenses, having the commission paid by the seller and incorporated in the home price allowed them to finance the amount over time instead of coming up with additional cash at closing, which in turn could allow them to afford a higher priced home. Most buyers do not have cash in their hand to pay an agent directly, so the sale process is used for that. Only about 30% of sales are cash or with buyers able to pay an agent directly.

6. The settlement will result in significant restitution to consumers who were “harmed” over recent years in their transactions by Realtors. FALSE.

The settlement is huge, yet when one divides the amount by the number of potentially qualifying consumers it works out to about $10 per person.

7. My commitment to providing you with the best possible real estate experience will not change. TRUE.

I was born and raised in this community and have been a real estate professional for over 30 years. The NAR settlement does not change my determination to provide professional, top-notch service to buyers and sellers I represent.

I have had the privilege of working with numerous clients in what is likely their largest investment. I enjoy going above and beyond to help buyers realize their dreams and sellers maximize their returns, and making the process a positive experience for them.

As the 2nd generation Broker/Owner of Realty Executives of Flagstaff, the oldest brokerage in Northern Arizona, I have seen many changes in the industry. Our brokerage has always adapted to the best way to represent buyers and sellers whenever there is a shift in the environment. And we will continue to do so.


Wayne McCormick

Broker Owner
Realty Executives of Flagstaff

15 E. Cherry Ave. "Historical Downtown"

Flagstaff, AZ  86001

Phone: (928) 773-9300

Direct Line: (928) 526-9300


Building Community Dreams: Celebrating 25 years of giving

(Published on - 12/13/2023 6:48:27 PM)

Habitat Starter Home

In our latest blog post, "Realty Executives of Flagstaff: Community First," we celebrate over 25 years of commitment to affordable housing and community service in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Arizona. This article showcases our active involvement in the Realtor's Initiative and Starter Home Program, emphasizing our dedication to making homeownership accessible for Flagstaff families and strengthening our community's foundation. Discover more about our impactful journey and community-focused efforts by reading the full article here.

1520 W. Tolchaco Real Estate Tour

(Published on - 5/13/2017 11:54:38 AM)

This video is a home tour of 1520 W. Tolchaco in Flagstaff, Arizona. Designed into the landscape and to take full advantage of spectacular scenery, this living space will great you each day with an open and welcoming embrace.

1520 W. Tolchaco Real Estate Tour on Vimeo.

8900 N. Snow Bowl Ranch Rd. Real Estate Video

(Published on - 5/13/2017 11:52:56 AM)

This video is a home tour of 8900 N. Snow Bowl Ranch Rd. in Flagstaff, Arizona. Designed with a large family in mind, this home near the San Francisco Peaks offers ample living space in the pines.

8900 N. Snow Bowl Ranch Rd. Real Estate Video on Vimeo.


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