Selecting a Realtor
When looking for a home one of the most important factors you’ll have to consider is location. Once you have determined where you want to live the next step is to find a Realtor. Buying a home can be both exciting and stressful this is why it is essential to find a Realtor to help you through the process. Talking to family and friends if they live in the location you have chosen can be helpful as they can maybe recommend a good agent they have dealt with. If they do not know anyone choose a Realtor who actively works in the area you have chosen. You wouldn’t take a Ford salesman to help you buy a Chev nor should you choose an agent who is not familiar with where you have chosen to live to help you find a home. Local experience can prove to be invaluable. Choose a Realtor who you feel at ease with and can trust to give you honest facts even if it isn’t what you want to hear. Pick a Realtor who works full time, buying real estate requires the work of someone who can be there for you. Look for a Realtor who listens well & understands your needs. The ideal agent knows the area well and has resources and contacts to make your purchase seamless. Every Realtor is different and you want to find an agent who meshes with your ideas and whose customer service matches the level of involvement you are looking for. Choosing the right agent can save you time, effort and aggravation in finding the right home at the price you can afford. A good Realtor is on top of the market in terms of sales, listings, solds and house prices in the area. Your Realtor will discuss with you certain criteria to help find the best fit for your needs and lifestyles. Being prequalified for a mortgage goes a long way in helping to determine what price range you will be looking at. Some other factors you will be looking at are size of home and property, needs versus wants, property taxes, zoning, neighbourhood, & use a process of elimination to find a home you love at a price you can afford. Ask questions until you understand all of the information. Your Realtors role is to protect your interests. Stick & stay loyal to your Realtor. Your Realtor has all the information on properties in the area and will work hard for you. There is no need to call every Realtor on every listing.