When I am working with my home buyer costumers from different countries, they are often wondering if we can trust the various actors and the transparency of the process.
The question is wise, and I totally understand it. The process is quite complicated with a lot of different people and systems involved. And maybe you have bad experiences from your own home market.
I like to put some remarks on this issue.
All in all, the home buying sale process in Norway is safe and transparent. Of course, the realtor is trying to get you to pay as high price as possible. The seller is his client, and he is paying his fee.
But according to the law the realtor is also obliged to take care of the buyer’s interest. And make sure that the adds, sales material and oral information are correct. The realtor is together with the seller, responsible to give all known information about the property, before the bidding round.
The last twenty years the home buying market and the real estate business has become more and more regulated. This is based on a wish from the authorities to create a safe home buying process. But it has also been necessary because of some professional short cuts the realtors have taken to promote their own interests. You know, when profit is in the picture, people always want to take advantage of it. Within in the law or on the edge of the low.
We also have the consumer authority and other complaint bodies where consumers, seller and buyers can complain if they experience bad practice. And of course, we have the the court system.
So, on the formal side everything is in order.
But when it comes to whom to trust in the home buying process, many buyers tend to not put totally trust in the realtor. Because he is the seller’s representative, and his priority is to get the highest price The realtors in Norway have to fulfil the Bachelor grade in Real Estate and have work practice before they can take independent sales assignment. So, they know what to do, and what laws to follow. But because of the competition among the realtors and the hunt for the highest price, some buyers experience bad customer care on their behalf.
This unbalance between seller and buyers need in the home buying process, is the reason why I started as a home buying consultant.
One important thing in the end:
Many of you are anxios about this. Understandable, especially when we practise the principle of auction and bidding rounds administrated by the realtor.
Fake bids are luckily no longer an issue in Norway. All the bids must be registered in a journal by the realtor. If you buy the property, you will receive the bidding journal with all the bidders name, time of the different bidders and amounts. If you are only participant, but not a buyer you can ask for the same journal but without names.
Also, the realtor is obliged to check the bidders financing in their bank. In that way he will know that the bidder is a serious one that are able to pay for the property.