House Hunting Made Easy
PEOPLE APPROACH THE TASK OF FINDING their next home in different ways. Some jump in the car and drive different neighborhoods looking for “For Sale” signs; some will search the internet looking for the interesting properties; and some will call a real estate office or a realtor they know or have been referred to – some may even do all three. If you are in the market for a home, the following are some ideas that may assist you in your search.
FIND THE RIGHT AGENT FOR YOU: Because we are all different individuals, you should try and work with a real estate agent who has the knowledge and experience to suit your personality. Don’t work with more than one agent when you are house-hunting. You may feel that working with multiple agents may help you find a home more quickly, however, it doesn’t work that way. Because real estate agents are paid on a commission basis, an agent who knows that he or she has your exclusive loyalty will be more motivated to stick with you until you have found the right property and you are satisfied.
HOW MUCH OF A HOME CAN I AFFORD: One of the most painful experiences for a potential home buyer is to tour homes that are out of their price range. You may fall in love with a certain home only to discover that you are not financially capable of completing the purchase. Your agent can recommend a mortgage professional to assist you in reviewing your finances and help you determine how much of a home you can afford. This one step will allow the home search process to start out in the right direction.
YOUR NEEDS AND TASTES AND COMMUNICATING THOSE TO YOUR REALTOR: A good agent is a great listener. Many buyers visit too many homes before their final selection is made. This is often caused by a communication gap between the buyer and the agent. It is difficult for a realtor to have an understanding of your tastes, the type of home you want, the features you are looking for and so on when they rely on verbal communication. One way to help your agent understand what you are looking for is to have them see your current home. You can then point out what features you like about your current home, what you dislike, and what you want in a new home. Communicate as much as you can to your agent so he or she can help you find a property that meets all of your requirements.