Whether it is your first home or your tenth home, we will make your homebuying experience fun and exciting. We can help you find your ideal home with the least amount of hassle. We are devoted to using our expertise and the full resources of our office to achieve these results!
Purchasing a home is a very important decision and a big undertaking in your life. In fact, most people only choose a few homes in their lifetime. We are going to make sure that you are well equipped and armed with up-to-date information for your big decision.
So let’s take an exciting journey together! We are available to help answer any of your questions.
You might have heard of buyer's agents, seller's agents, listing agents, and so on. You're a buyer, so what is a buyer's agent? True to their name, buyer's agents assist home buyers every step of the way; they can also save you tons of time and money on the road to homeownership.
Benefits of using buyer's agents
Here are some of the things a buyer's agent can do:
The agent/buyer contract
Once you agree to work with an agent, you will have to sign a contract called an Exclusive Buyer Agency Agreement outlining the agent's services and compensation. This contract also means that this agent will be your sole representative and that you won't work with other buyer's agents.
How much do buyer's agents cost?
Fees vary and can cost several thousand dollars. Each agent set's their own fee based on the buyer's wants and needs.
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To get yourself grounded, we recommend filling out this brief worksheet.
If you’re planning to buy a home with a partner (in life or in real estate), fill the worksheet out with them.
If you’re in the dark about just how significantly this number can impact you and the details behind your personal score, here’s an overview of what you need to know before hitting the mortgage application process.
Once you’ve found your agent (AKA, your new best friend), ask him or her to recommend at least three mortgage lenders that meet your financial needs. This is another big step, as you’ll be working with your lender closely throughout the home-buying process.
Once you know what you’re looking for, the next step is to start looking at listings and housing information online. (This part? You’re going to crush it.)
Once you find the home you want to buy, you’ll work with your agent to craft an offer that not only specifies the price you’re willing to pay but also the proposed settlement date and contingencies — other conditions that must be agreed upon by both parties, such as giving you the ability to do a home inspection and request repairs.
The last stage of the home-buying process is settlement, or closing. This is when you sign the final ownership and insurance paperwork and make this whole thing official. There’s some prep work you have to take care of first.
Your agent can work with you to determine how often you want to receive updates on available homes, and by what method (telephone, email, text message). Clients using email can receive automatic updates from most MLS systems as soon as new listings are entered.
Yes, provided your agent is a member of the MLS where the property is listed.
If you have an agent, contact them with the address or the MLS number of the property in question. Your agent can then contact the agent of the property. It is never appropriate for you to contact the seller of the home directly if it is a listed property; you also should not contact the listing agent directly.
Nothing is more frustrating to an agent than a buyer who is working with multiple real estate agents. Without a commitment from you to work with just one agent, it’s not likely that the agent will do their best work for you.
Yes. However, when meeting the agent hosting the open house, it’s best if you immediately identify yourself as working with another agent. If you don’t, your agent might not be able to help you write an offer on that property in the future.
Let your agent know that you’re unhappy, and the reasons why. It may be a simple misunderstanding that can be corrected. If the issues are more substantial, or the relationship simply isn’t the right “fit”, tell the agent you no longer wish to work with them. If you have a buyer agency agreement with your agent, you will need to discuss cancellation of that buyer agency agreement.
A home is the biggest purchase most people ever make. If you’re buying something with a price tag that’s two or three times your annual salary, shouldn’t you consider all the angles.
Who can predict the future? The best we can do is learn from the past. History shows those who purchased homes and kept them for three to five years or more did better than those who didn’t.
If the home of your dreams is perfect in every way except that a bowling alley backs up to it, walk away. Nothing spoils life and resale value like a poor location. If it bothers you now, don’t think you will learn to live with it.
Curb appeal is important. It makes resale a lot easier. But if romance doesn’t continue when you walk through the door, then you’ve got a problem that will be difficult to unload.
Not every buyer carries the same mental picture of the perfect home. Don’t pick a house because your parents or best friends would like it. The home needs to fit your family. If you’re honest with yourself, you can find a home that will fit your family and feel like home.
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As licensed Realtors® , we do more than help you find a home. We are expert negotiators with other agents, seasoned financial advisors with clients, and superb navigators around the local neighborhood.
As members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) we must abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice enforced by the NAR. A professional Realtor® is your best resource when buying your home.
As knowledgeable Realtors® we know the housing market inside and out and can help you avoid the “wild goose chase.”
As knowledgeable Realtors® we can help you with any home, even if it is listed with another Real Estate firm or if it is being sold directly by the owner.
As knowledgeable Realtors® we know the best lenders in the area and can help you understand the importance of being pre-qualified for a mortgage. We can also discuss down payments, closing costs, and monthly payment options that suit you.
As knowledgeable Realtors® we are experienced at presenting your offer to the homeowner and can help you through the process of negotiating the best price. We bring objectivity to the buying transaction, and we can point out the advantages and the disadvantages of a particular property.
A Complete Guide to the Home-Buying Process
Welcome! You are about to embark on the exciting journey of finding your ideal
home. Whether it is your first home or your tenth home, we will make your homebuying experience fun and exciting. We can help you find your ideal home with the least amount of hassle. We are devoted to using our expertise and the full resources of our office to achieve these results!
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