Working With A Real Estate Agent When Shopping For A Home

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When you are shopping for a home it's important for you to take all the necessary steps to be sure you get in the right home, within your needed timeframe and for the amount that you qualify for and can afford. One of the things you can do to help make all these things happen is to work with a real estate agent instead of trying to buy a home on your own. Here are some things to remember during the process –

Be prepared when you go to meet with your new real estate agent

Just because you know you want to buy a home doesn't mean you are ready to start the process. There is a lot of forethought to go through and decisions that need to be made before you are at the point of meeting with an agent. This way, when you do meet with them, you know you will be able to tell them important information, such as:

  • What type of house you want
  • The age of the house that you want
  • What areas you like
  • What the home must have
  • What you would like the home to offer
  • What you don't want.

Armed with this information, the agent will have a much better idea of what homes to search for and present to you. You may even want to already be pre-approved by a lender prior to meeting with the agent. This lets them know what price range to keep you in.

Don't be afraid to help your agent out

While your agent will have their ear to the ground, looking for new listings that may work for you, they can't be everywhere. So, if you really want to increase your odds of finding a place quickly, then you may want to help them out by doing some looking yourself. To find potential homes you can:

  • Tell your family and friends what you are looking for
  • Post on your social media account
  • Look through the paper
  • Look online groups where people post their homes
  • Watch for signs when driving through neighborhoods

An important piece of advice to remember when you are working with an agent is to give your agent the information on any homes you happen to find out about on your own. You want to let them make the calls to the agent themselves and you will go through them to see the home, make an offer on the home, take care of paperwork and to do everything else related to a home you are interested in.

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19 October 2017

Sarah's Renting Tips

Although I've never worked professionally in the real estate business, I sure know my way around it. How, do you ask? Well, I have simply rented a lot of different places and worked with a lot of different landlords and real estate agents. In the past 7 years I've lived in 11 different houses or apartments, none of them my own. In finding those 11, I have looked at literally hundreds of apartments. I used to hate house hunting, but now it's kind of fun. You just need to know what you want and the right questions to ask. Hopefully this blog can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade from another renter like yourself.