Partnering with a REALTOR® before beginning your home search…
Purchasing a home is a very rewarding experience, even though the many moving parts involved seem complicated and daunting. In this strong seller’s market, preparation is crucial to understanding what it takes to make a strong offer and win a bid on the home of your dreams. So here are my first two key points you need to know before you begin starting one of the most important purchases of your life!
Before starting your search, pair yourself with a trusted real estate agent to share with you knowledge of the process step-by-step. They will be your close confidante, who understands your needs, and who will honestly tell you when you should walk away from a house and when you should sign. This transparent relationship is critical. A buyer’s agent is going to be with you even after closing day, as a connected resource in the community to recommend contractors and other companies for all of your home maintenance or renovation needs as the years pass.
Having a buyer’s agent can sometimes be advantageous when picking out a lender for the house of your dreams. A great agent has behind-the-scenes information as to which mortgage companies are the best fit for your lending needs. They will match you with a lender, whose job is to look over your financials and determine the amount you need to borrow to not only have a home to enjoy, but a life to enjoy as well. Starting your search with a realistic budget in mind brings you the joy of house hunting and leaves out the stress of “can I truly afford this?”.
I encourage all potential homebuyers to attend our educational seminars so that you can be prepared for the journey to owning your own home. You too can be an expert, alongside your agent as a fully prepared team to make the process a breeze and handle any surprises that may come along the way. And no doubt, as every deal is unique, there will probably be at least one!