When buying a home, working with a Professional Real Estate Agent can have enormous benefits for you (MONEY, TIME, & STRESS).
Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you will make, with long-term financial ramifications. It calls for many informed decisions and for good advice from a Real Estate Professional, your mortgage person, attorney, and home inspector.
What can a Real Estate Agent do to help you buy the right home? I have put together a Team of Professionals that can make buying a home efficient, smooth and with the least amount of stress. My Experience, Marketing and Negotiating Skills will ensure you get the best deal on your new home.
Here are a few tips that if followed can save you MONEY, TIME and STRESS:
DENNIS'S TOP 10 TIPS TO SUCCESSFUL HOME BUYING
Tip #1: Get Pre-Approved 1st!
There is nothing more frustrating in real estate then finding a client a home they really want and finding out their pre-approval was not done correctly or their not pre-approved at all. Agents representing sellers will recommend 99.9% of the time not to accept offers without solid pre-approvals. Pre-approvals also keep us focused on homes that fit your financial profile.
Working with one agent will get you quicker results; Your agent will be completely dedicated to you if your dedicated to them. If your calling more than one agent your getting the same information from 2 or more different agents, it can get confusing, frustrating and time consuming, you get the same information on one home 2 or 3 times and you may even see the same home twice. If you feel your agent is not dedicated to you find one who is. My clients have 24/7 access to me when their selling or buying, they’re completely informed on the markets their selling or buying in.
Drive through areas that you might be interested in, prioritize them. Then have your agent map out a reasonable amount of homes for you to view during your scheduled time together. Keep your search focused.
When shopping for a home, list the features (fireplace, fenced-in yard, new appliances, etc.) that are most important to you in deciding on which home to buy. Establishing "your criteria" early on will save time shopping for inappropriate homes and may keep you from buying a home on a whim. Your top reason for buying a home should be the value you are getting. Some of your top 5 to10 amenities should logically be sacrificed if an incredible value is available.
You’ll know when a home doesn’t work much quicker then when it does, if when you walk through a front door or even pull up to the front and you know it doesn’t work, say it…..you won't offend anyone. You want to look at homes that do it for you, don’t waste your time on homes that don’t.
Tip #6: Refrain from talking to home owners:
If you truly want the best deal on your new house, refer all questions to your agent. You do not want to reveal your emotion level to sellers it could cost you $$$. This may seem cold, but sellers ask questions for a reason and when it comes down to the negotiations the least they know about you the better. Become friends after the closing.
I can’t say how important it is to having an attorney that specializes in real estate. An attorney that knows contracts and what to look for to completely protect you and the deal you just secured on your new home is very important. Not all Attorneys know real estate!