After years of trying unsuccessfully to list my home on my own, I finally realized that I needed some serious help. I began looking for a great real estate agent who could help me out, and after interviewing a few professionals I found someone that was really in tune with what I needed. They sat down with me to talk about my needs and worked hard to help me to identify different homes that could work for my family. I wanted to make a blog all about selecting the perfect agent to work with during your house hunt. Check out this blog for great tips on choosing agents.
As you go into the home purchasing market, it can be a little bit intimidating when you look at all that needs to happen for a home to be yours. From market evaluation to each home viewing and making an offer, there can be a lot to remember and successfully do through the process. Here are some recommendations to use when you have made the decision to purchase a home this spring.
Find a Great Realtor
Along with reviewing your credit report, saving for a down payment, and getting pre-approved for your mortgage, you should start out your active home search by teaming up with a real estate agent. Your realtor will be your eyes and ears within the real estate market, so you want one who knows their stuff about your specific market and has experience completing purchase transactions. Look for a realtor who has a proven track record and experience with years of history in real estate sales. You can go online and read reviews that other clients have left for an agent before you decide to work with them. You can also ask them for referral recommendations from past clients.
Also, make sure you look at the agent's communication ability and their style in how they communicate with you. Will they call you directly and talk to you over the phone or do they like to text? If you prefer texting, this is a good way to communicate quickly with small details and ideas; however, you may want to have the opportunity to talk to them on the phone when you need. Make sure you can get in contact with them by phone so you don't have to leave several voicemails before they call you back.
Hire a Home Inspection
Once you get out into the market with your realtor and you narrow down your home search to a home you want to buy, you will need to take some additional measures once you submit an approved offer to the seller. Be sure you arrange for a professional home inspection, which will give you details and insight into the home's condition and any issues or problems that you should know about before signing on the home.
After the home inspection takes place, you can renegotiate your purchase contract to include repairs to any present damages, or a change in the purchase price to allow you to complete the repairs later on after the sale is completed. Overall, a home inspection is a good way to protect your interest in your upcoming real estate purchase.
For more tips, contact a local realtor.