There are many ways to launch your
search for a new home. You can go it alone or choose to use an agent.
Just know that your choice will determine your ultimate success. You want to buy
a home. You know you need some help so, like a smart consumer, you have turned
to the Internet to find out what you need to know. You are controlling your own
destiny. Of course, there is no reason you can't do both. Check out the Internet
and call an agent.
Chances are you should use someone to represent you. You have to
ask yourself if you really have the time and resources to do the job yourself.
Even with the help of the Internet, you may have a rough time of it alone. Don't
get ahead of yourself. Buying your first home is a big step. You are doing the
right thing to learn everything you can about the process, but a professional,
experienced Real Estate agent can help you avoid the mistakes that are not obvious. Real Estate agents can also help you understand
some of the more confusing things that you will have to go through in the process
of becoming a homeowner, such as:
you know the first step in the buying process is finding out how much you can
buy. An agent can help you determine this. They also have contacts with a variety of lenders
who can help pre-approve you for a loan.
An agent has access to homes�far more than you can find on your own driving through neighborhoods or looking on the Internet. A professional agent will know what houses are available
in your area. They will have access to the MLS (multiple listing service), a local
listing of all of the houses that are for sale (and listed by other agents) and
how much the owners are asking for their homes. In most cases, they will have
visited many of the homes and will know if it suits your needs without another
trip. This can save you a lot of time.
is an agent's forte. They can assist you by providing objective information about
the house that you may not have thought about on your own. This includes things
like when the roof was last replaced and the age of the furnace. It could also
include little amenities you would miss on your quick run through. It is easy
to get distracted by fancy wallpaper and miss the big picture. An agent
can help keep you on track.
Real estate deals are full
of negotiating factors. You can try to negotiate for points,
price, and even curtains. An agent knows what is up for negotiation and what is not. Your agent can help you include
clauses in the purchase agreement that make the sale contingent upon passing certain
inspections and investigations of the property.
Your agent can help guide you to the right inspections, which can save you money.
Page 10 of 13