Can you buy a home without a Buyer’s Agent?

Absolutely, you can do it, but it’s kind of like going into a legal battle without a lawyer when your opponent has a whole team. Technically possible, but definitely not the wisest move. So, while it’s an option, I wouldn’t exactly recommend it.

Choosing Mike Frey as your Buyer’s Agent sets you apart from just teaming up with any friend or neighbor. Here’s how I stand out and why that’s fantastic for you.

First off, we kick things off with a Buyer Consultation at my professional office in La Jolla. Sure, we could meet at a Starbucks or your place, but my office is designed specifically for these meetings, providing a better setting for our discussion.

During this consultation, it’s your turn to share everything—what you’re looking for in a home, your preferred locations, and all your must-haves. My role? To listen closely and take detailed notes. After all, if I’m representing you, it’s crucial that I deliver exactly what you need, right?

I provide a wide range of services for home buyers, including support for

First-Time Buyers,

Relocation Assistance,

Second homes,

Vacation Properties,

Investment Properties and rental opportunities.

I am licensed for Residential Properties, 1-4 unit Income Properties, and Vacation Rentals. I am Certified by (C.A.R.) for Luxury Properties. 

Here are FIVE essential tips for buying a home in San Diego, each discussed in this video:

  1. Communicate with Your Employer: Let them know about your plans to purchase a home.
  2. Seek Reliable Support: Choose to work with someone you trust and respect.
  3. Explore Multiple Loan Options: Don’t settle after just one call to a mortgage banker; shop around.
  4. Sign a Buyer’s Broker Agreement: This ensures accountability from your real estate agent.
  5. Secure Full Underwriting Pre-Approval or Go All-Cash: A simple pre-qualification isn’t sufficient.

A buyer's agent can be incredibly beneficial when purchasing a house in San Diego for several reasons:

    1. Market Expertise: As a local Buyer’s Agent, I possess extensive knowledge of the San Diego real estate market, including neighborhood trends, pricing, and demand fluctuations. I can guide you to areas that match your lifestyle and budget.

    2. Access to Listings: I have access to the latest listings, some of which may not yet be publicly available. This allows me to help you find homes that meet your specific criteria more efficiently than if you were searching on your own.

    3. Negotiation Skills: With my experience in negotiation, I can help you secure the best price and terms. I understand what’s reasonable in the local market and can effectively manage negotiations with the seller’s agent.

    4. Paperwork and Process Guidance: The process of buying a home involves a lot of paperwork and complex steps. As your Buyer’s Agent, I will guide you through this process, ensuring that all legalities are correctly handled and deadlines are met.

    5. Professional Network: I have a network of trusted professionals such as inspectors, mortgage brokers, and contractors. I can connect you with reliable experts who you may need during your home-buying journey.

    6. Protecting Your Interests: My primary duty as a buyer’s agent is to protect your interests. I offer objective advice to help you make informed decisions, unlike a seller’s agent, who is primarily obligated to the seller.

    7. Emotional Support: Buying a home can be both stressful and emotionally taxing. I provide objective support and guidance through challenging decisions and negotiations, keeping the process focused on your needs.

    8. Efficiency and Convenience: I handle all the details of the home-buying process, saving you time and effort. I will arrange showings, communicate with sellers, and streamline the entire process to make it more convenient for you.

    9. Cost Effectiveness: Typically, the commission for a buyer’s agent is paid by the seller. However, in some cases where the buyer may be responsible for buy-side commissions, I ensure full transparency about all costs upfront, so you can see the value of the services you receive.

Buying a house in San Diego often means purchasing an older property. Opting for a home that’s already fixed up is a smart move, as it allows you to finance all those upgrades over the term of the mortgage, such as 30 years.

However, securing a turn-key home at a fair market price requires careful negotiation and a thorough inspection.

That’s where I come in. As your real estate agent, I can help ensure you get a reasonable price, and I’ll guide you through the process of hiring a skilled home inspector to assess the property thoroughly before you commit.



Living in San Diego can be quite costly, especially with the high rental prices making it challenging to save up for a home purchase.

To help navigate this, I’ve created a real estate planning guide specifically for the San Diego market.

It’s designed to walk you through the local real estate scene and provide you with valuable insights to make informed decisions. Be sure to download it today by clicking here!

Ready to hire Mike Frey as your Buyer’s Agent? You can email him at [email protected] or, for a quicker response, give him a call at 858-330-1242

Ready to start looking at some properties? Check out my Real Scout page—the best home search platform for San Diego. It’s directly connected to my MLS service and is completely free for you to use.

Interested in learning more about the home purchase process in San Diego? Check out my page on the National Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices website.

Starting the process of buying a home? Here are the steps.

Here are some steps you can follow when buying a home:

  1. 1. Assemble Your Home Hunting Team: Decide who will join you in the search. Whether it’s a partner, a family member, or a friend, having a team provides diverse perspectives and helps keep track of the details of each property.

    2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage: Before you start looking, it’s crucial to understand your financial landscape. I recommend getting pre-approved (not just pre-qualified) to solidify your budget and enhance your position when making an offer.

    3. Find a Real Estate Agent: You’ll need an expert who knows the local market inside out. As a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, I am well-equipped to assist you in navigating the buying process effectively.

    4. Define Your Needs and Wants: Let’s list down your essentials, like the number of bedrooms or size of the yard, as well as your desires, such as a modern kitchen or pool. This clarity will streamline our search.

    5. Search for Homes: Instead of using general platforms like Zillow or, I can provide access to Real Scout, which connects directly to my MLS. This tool offers the most up-to-date listings in San Diego, ensuring you don’t miss out on any opportunities.

    6. Secure a Buyers Agreement: To avoid potential complications with commissions, it’s wise to sign a Buyers Agreement with me before attending showings or open houses. This protects you from overpaying and guarantees that I am your dedicated agent throughout the process.

    7. Evaluate the Properties: After each viewing, we’ll review the pros and cons together, considering factors like location, price, and potential future expenses, to help you make an informed decision.

    8. Make an Offer: When you find the home you love, we will strategize together on the offer price, based on comparable homes and market conditions, to ensure it aligns with what you can afford and the home’s value.

    9. Home Inspection and Appraisal: If your offer is accepted, I recommend a thorough home inspection and appraisal to uncover any hidden issues and confirm the property’s value, ensuring a fair deal. (San Diego Home Inspections is a great place to start)

    10. Close the Deal: Navigating closing can be complex, but don’t worry—I’ll be with you every step of the way, along with your lawyer, to handle the paperwork and finalize the purchase.

    11. Move In: Once the deal is closed, it’s time to move into your new home and start creating cherished memories.

    Purchasing a home is a journey, and I’m excited to embark on this adventure with you. Please feel free to reach out at any time if you have questions or need further information.

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