A qualified, competent real estate agent will help you navigate the myriad of decisions that arise when buying a home. An agent provides value to the homeowner in many ways.
Buying a home can be very overwhelming, especially if it is your first. You can very easily get lost in all the legal information and paperwork, but if you have a skilled professional helping you along the way it can seem a lot less confusing. Licensed Real Estate professionals know all the rules and can help you find your dream house. With such a fast moving market, it is so easy to lose out on a house you love if you do not have someone looking out for you. A REALTOR® works with your best interest in mind. When you sign a Buyers Agency Agreement, you have created a contract between yourself and the REALTOR® . Once this contract is agreed upon the REALTOR® owes you, the client, obedience, confidentiality, loyalty and full disclosure of all pertinent information regarding the sale or purchase of your property. The most important responsibility of a REALTOR® is to negotiate to get the best possible deal for you while at the same time offering advice and realistic perspective. Also, REALTORS® have the access to the most important tool of all – the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which shows house listings that are currently for sale in your area.
Things to think about
Before you begin your search, there are many things to think about. What type of neighborhood do you want to live in? Close to schools? One with lots of children for your kids to play with? Quiet? Mature? How about bedrooms and bathrooms? How many will you need? When buying a home, it is so very important to look ahead and think about how long you plan on living in this house. Are your children nearly grown and moving out? Will you eventually be having children? Asking yourself questions similar to these will help you narrow down your options to reveal exactly what you are looking for. It is a good idea for you to make a list of all the things you are looking for in a house. Break it down into two lists – a ‘must have’ and a ‘would like to have’ list. If you give these lists to your Real Estate professional, it will give him/her a good idea of what you are looking for and you will not waste time going through homes that will not suit your needs.