It is your real estate agent's job to find homes you may be interested in buying, and then to facilitate the buying process once you do find the right home. However, finding the right home is really a collaborative effort between you and your agent. What you put into the process will play a huge role in determining how close the homes your agent shows you are to what you want -- and in how quickly you find the right home. Here are four ways you can help your agent find you the right home.
Tell them what features are a priority.
When you begin working with a buyer's agent, they will ask what you are looking for in a home -- from the number of bedrooms to the location. When you give your realtor a list of these features, try ranking them in order to most to least importance. For instance, if you must have three bedrooms in the City of X, those items should be at the top of your list. If you would like granite counter tops but would do without them in a home that's otherwise perfect, put granite counters at the bottom of the list. Tell your real estate agent that your list is ranked this way. This should keep him or her from showing you homes with, for example, granite counters but not enough bedrooms.
Discuss your life.
It's important that your agent not only knows what you are looking for, but why you're looking for it. For example, if you tell them you want a fenced-in yard, also tell them why you want that fenced-in yard. If they understand why you want certain features, they can make better judgement calls about homes that have similar features. For instance, if you want a fenced-in yard to keep your dog in, they'll know not to bother showing you a home with three fenced sides. On the other hand, if you just wanted a fenced-in yard for privacy, they might show you that three-side-fenced home figuring it's close enough.
As you go through homes, tell them what you like and do not like.
As you visit homes with your realtor, don't just say "I'm not feeling this one" or "this one is great." Be clear about what you do and do not like about each home. This way, they get a better idea of your personal tastes and can take that into account as they search for other homes to show you.
For more information or assistance, contact companies like RE/MAX Integrity.Share
30 August 2017
After I decided to buy a new home, I realized that I probably needed to prioritize the things on my wish list. Since I am not wealthy, I realized that I probably couldn't get everything that I wanted out of a single home--at least, not this time around. Fortunately, I worked with an incredible real estate agent who helped me to figure out which type of property would pay off in the end. Finding a home took a lot of time, but I am really pleased that I found the right one. This blog is all about learning to prioritize your home hunting wish list so that you can have the home and financial situation of your dreams.