New to the buying process? Confused about the process? It's hard to know where to start. What questions do you ask? Who do you call first? What should an agent be doing for you?
Here are some fantastic tips from David Williams our Lead Buyer Specialist.
Calling the Sign
If the person whose name is on the sign answers the phone, they represent the Seller. Before asking to see the house, make sure you know who you are meeting.
There are NO stupid questions
If you’ve never bought a home before, your Agent should be the one you answer ALL your questions. Ask away, there is no limit. Sometimes the best questions are the ones that teach everyone involved.
BUY a Home, don’t be SOLD!
The job of a Listing Agent is to work with a Seller to get the home SOLD - that’s who does the selling. A Buyer’s Agent focuses on your needs, wants and long-term goals. If you’re considering buying a home, the first thing to do is find the right Agent.
Time and Patience
Many times I’ve heard concerns from buyers about “the quick sale” or “we’ll be buying next year.” OK, please understand this… YOU HAVE ALL THE POWER. I can’t emphasize this enough, if you’re feeling pressure from your Agent, go back and read the last paragraph, perhaps you’re being sold. Find an Agent who will be by your side through ups/downs, before/after, successes/failures and who always respects your time.
Really, It’s All About YOU!
The home buying process is about consultation, education, and listening. Most likely, it’s the biggest purchase of your life. It should be about what you want now and what you’re looking to achieve in the future.
Aye Aye Captain
Buying a home can be an adventure. There are many things that can arise during the process that can cause the ship to sink. The Agent you choose should be able to help navigate the rough waters, provide a strategy around storms and gently bring you to your destination.
The Truth CAN Hurt
Generally people like to hear what they want to hear. Duh, right? Well, sometimes part of success in achieving home buying goals is hearing the reality of a situation. While not an easy thing to do, consider that if your agent is telling you something that you don’t like, it might actually be the truth rather than just trying to make a sale.
Resources – Your Agent Has Them!
If an Agent has a healthy business and they’ve developed a network of trusted partners, they will not be shy to recommend them. This can be a HUGE benefit to a home buyer if they don’t know a good inspector, a trustworthy lender, or reliable contractors.
Yours For Life
Family doctor, accountant, financial planner, attorney, dentist—these are all trusted professionals that are consulted for their specialties. Why not a Realtor? When buying your home, make sure you get a referral or interview the Agent you’ve found.
I hope you find these tips useful. Check out these VIDEOS that we have created that provide more helpful tips for the buyer and seller. We are dedicated to creating an exceptional experience by empowering YOU to achieve YOUR real estate goals.
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