Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are doing more things remotely and via video chat. If you are in the process of buying a home, you will probably do a good deal of remote communication with your real estate agent, too. What can you do to make sure your remote communication is beneficial and productive? Take a look.
Agree on a video chat platform that you both like.
Your real estate agent may already have a certain video chat platform that they use with all of their clients, or they might be open to using whatever you prefer. In either case, make sure you agree on a platform in advance so you're not left scrambling and trying to both download and learn a platform last-minute. The platform you choose needs to make it easy to share files. You're going to be exchanging things like contracts, paper ads, and inspection reports, and if you can do this directly in the video chatting app, you will save a lot of time.
Make a list of topics to cover in each discussion.
The process of buying a house is cumbersome and multi-faceted. You'll be juggling applications with various banks, reports from inspectors, open houses, and so much more. You want to make sure that each time you talk to your real estate agent, you don't forget to mention a certain topic or ask a question that's been on your mind. If, for some reason, it's easier for these things to slip your mind when working together over the camera, then make a list of topics you want to cover beforehand. Check things off as you discuss them to keep the call on track.
Do your own research, and stay knowledgeable.
When you work with a real estate agent, they will do most of the work when it comes to finding homes you are interested in, scheduling showings, and so forth. But if a lot of the work you are doing is remote, you may not get as much time to just chat with and learn from your agent. So, make sure you keep up on your own research. Look into school districts in the area, research what vague terms mean on your own, and so forth. Feel free to ask your real estate agent any questions if you come across something confusing, but count on doing your own research to keep the process rolling along.
Working remotely with your real estate agent has its challenges, but with the tips above, you'll be set for success. Contact a realtor for more information.Share
18 November 2020
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.