GENERAL FAQ

Do you ever work with both a home buyer and seller on the same transaction?

No, that would be a conflict of interest and we would never do that.

Are there other services like Spotter+™?

Yes and no. 

Yes, in some respects. An escrow company helps protect both the buyer and seller by making sure all documents are signed and recorded and money is wired before the deal can close. A title company insures what you’re buying is correct and clear on the legal documents before being recorded. An appraiser helps protect both the bank and home buyer from over valuing a home. A home inspector points out home deficiencies so the buyer is informed.

However, as it relates to the consumer protection service Spotter+provides, no. But, there should be!

So, what is Spotter+ by  ShieldMyDeal™?

What is “industry gamesmanship”?

The practice of industry gamesmanship is not illegal or necessarily unethical. However, when consumers (home sellers or buyers) rely almost completely on their real estate agent for advice, a highly experienced agent can frame a situation in a certain way such as “manufacturing urgency” to get their client to agree to something quickly that they may not otherwise. By using Spotter+™ by ShieldMyDeal™, this is less likely to happen or go unnoticed.

What’s the company story?

Founder Brian O’Laughlin has been involved in hundreds of real estate transactions from a unique vantage point – one where he could see unsuspecting home sellers and buyers settling for less than they otherwise would if they had a more well-rounded understanding of their options. ShieldMyDeal™ was born from Brian’s passion to help protect consumers in possibly one of the largest buying or selling decisions of their lives!

FAQ FOR HOME BUYERS

How much does your service cost me as a buyer?

ShieldMyDeal™ Direct Offer with Spotter+ is free for our buyer clients

How do you get paid?

We typically receive a fee from an agent’s broker after the close of escrow for introducing a client that closed a transaction with them.

Why do I need Spotter+™ as a home buyer?

Home buying can be tricky business with many possible pitfalls. You need expertise and the right offer strategy to help you get the best deal.

If you cut out the buyer agent middleman to help get your offer accepted or save more money you would be creating a “dual-agency” situation. You need Spotter+ to help protect your personal best interests and help avoid getting taken advantage of.

Should I hire a real estate agent to find me a home?

No, wait until you have spoken with us first. You want to take advantage of our superior direct offer service or even be eligible for Spotter+™ through our traditional in-network buyer agent service.

 

What is dual agency?

Dual-Agency is basically when one agent represents both the buyer and seller in a transaction. This means the buyer will not have representation in their personal best interest. The agent is simply acting as a go-between for the two parties. Under this situation, you as the buyer are vulnerable to being taken advantage of without even knowing it.

FAQ FOR HOME SELLERS

Do you work with home seller clients?

Yes, we have an incredible home seller program. We just don’t directly market to home sellers at this time. If you are interested, send us a message or schedule a call so we can send you the details! 

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