Why Should You Buy With Us?
The Minnesota Property Group represents the region’s finest properties with exceptional skill using the most innovative technologies currently available. The MN Property Group offers ultimate privacy and security, speed, and efficiency. Their combined 33 years of full-time experience have given them a clear understanding of the mindset of home buyers and sellers and a thorough understanding of the regional marketplace. No one knows the Twin Cities Metro as well as the Real Estate professionals of the Minnesota Property Group.
When it’s time to buy or sell a home, choosing the best local Realtor is the first step in the process. The agent you choose can make all the difference in the quality of your experience. Searching for the best local real estate professional is no different than trying to find a reliable doctor or dentist. Okay, granted it’s not brain surgery or a root canal, but your home is the roof over your head, your safe haven, and often your nest egg.
Things To Look For When Choosing a Realtor
Many people find their Realtor through a family member or friend. Although this is often a reliable approach, it doesn’t guarantee a perfect match. For most people buying or selling a home is the single largest financial transaction they ever make. It is also an intensive and personal process and you will probably be spending considerable time with the real estate agent you select. Finding a real estate agent you connect with can be critical to the success of the process. You and your Realtor will be a team so make sure this is a person you feel comfortable filling the position of your adviser and advocate.
Local real estate experience matters
Check on the real estate agent’s experience, education, productivity, and references. Accomplished agents know the market and the best strategies to sell your home. They should now the trends and be on top of all the latest market statistics. During the buying or selling process, you may require the services of a specialist. They should be there to guide you and offer recommendations when necessary. It is also a great idea to check the number of transactions handled monthly or yearly. This is a good indication of commitment to the real estate profession. References and testimonials from past clients can be another good way to help you make your choice.
Homes For Sale
Many IDX providers allow you to create saved searches to link to. This can be for homes based on price range or property characteristics.
Relocation To The Twin Cities
Minnesota is one of the nation’s most livable states. Chances are, a year from now you’ll espouse the very same virtues that everyone from your recruiter to your realtor is saying now: Sane commutes, lots of green space, a vital arts and culture scene, good and diverse restaurants across all price points, the list of pluses goes on and on. When looking at places to live, another benefit that becomes immediately apparent is the range of local housing stock, whether you’re looking to build a custom home on a leafy lot or rent a loft inside, or outside, city limits. The national press has done a great job educating people about the growth of lofts and condos in metropolitan areas. The Twin Cities has seen its fair share of older and brand new properties and, as a result, both cities have a great deal to offer for rent. As an added bonus, the housing locations buzz with activity and yet still come outfitted with parks, walking and biking paths, and even sunsets over the Mississippi River or a local lake.
Large realty companies, such as RE/MAX Results Relocation Specialists like the Minnesota Property Group, help clients identify their housing needs. Realtors like Joe Houghton and his team also provide essential relocation tools and detailed information about specific communities and neighborhoods. At the Minnesota Property Group of RE/MAX Results, we start by conducting a needs assessment on all incoming buyers that includes everything from what their family demands are and how they live, right down to the number of bathrooms they’re looking for. We also provide area orientation tours and familiarize clients with the market. Rental resources offer the same types of services to people who want to rent, rather than buy, a home or apartment in the Twin Cities. Easy access to information has made relocation easier for both clients and realtors. A lot of people are looking for information on the Internet long before they get here. There is so much information that’s available to them that they have a world of it before they set foot in Minnesota.
Advice For First-Time Buyers
If you have never purchased a home before then the chances are good that you will go online and search for homes, search for realtors, search for tips, tricks, hacks and all around good real estate advice. I have found that there is a lot of great information out there, but a lot of marketing junk and misleading information. I will cut through the crap and tell you the most important pieces of the puzzle. When you first start searching for your home, the sky is usually the limit. You want walk-in closets, a screened porch, a fireplace, a fenced in backyard, and a Jacuzzi in the master bath. Unless you balance those wants with your absolute needs, you may be disappointed, even discouraged, after a few weeks of searching. You may find that the cute, two-story on the corner has a screened porch but no Jacuzzi and a tiny backyard, or that the great rambler has a huge backyard but no fireplace. Before you start looking, determine exactly which features you can’t live without. I also suggest you make a list of your “wants” in the order of importance. These parameters help narrow the search so you don’t waste time touring homes without the amenities that truly meet your needs.
Educate Yourself Thoroughly About The First Time Homebuyer Process
By doing this you will learn how to protect yourself from all of the real estate predators and rookie agents that disguise themselves as “first time home buyer specialists.” Find a top local Realtor that will represent you, the buyer, and only you. The best first-time homebuyer agent should be committed to serving your best interests throughout the purchase process. This responsibility includes providing you with any information, whether positive or negative, about properties you are investigating for purchase.
Steer clear of Realtors that push you into, or require you to sign an exclusive right to represent agreement or try to “sell you a home.” Make sure they are transparent about their commission and how they get paid. If you do agree to sign a buyers representation agreement, be sure to get a copy of it. If you can, it would be wise to have the agent add verbiage into the contract that you may cancel the agreement at anytime and for any reason. Do a Google or Bing search for the agents that you are considering working with and also, be cautious of working with a family member, a friend or a friend of a friend.