As a First-time Buyer, You Need An Agent
Today’s highly competitive real estate market is especially difficult to maneuver for a first-time home buyer. It’s no day at the park for seasoned buyers either for that matter. So as a buyer, you should have an agent working on your behalf. But if you are a first-time buyer, it’s imperative. There is not one valid argument for going it alone in such a competitive seller’s market.
Tapping into my psychic powers, I know your next question is, “what should I look for when I choose a Realtor?” There are many agents out there, and choosing one can be a daunting task for a first-time home buyer. So where do you begin?
You can ask someone you know for recommendations, keeping in mind that this might not always be the best method for everyone. You should do your research online, and don’t settle for just any agent. It’s important to feel comfortable with your real estate professional and trust their judgment. Here are some qualities that are desirable when you being your search.
Experience Does Matter
Buying a home is not as simple as it used to be. There are many parts to the process and a great many things that can go wrong before you close the deal. An agent with years of experience has probably encountered most of them and knows how to deal with those unexpected obstacles. As a first-time home buyer, you especially need an agent that will fill the experience gap.
We have all heard that “location, location” thing before. When it comes to real estate, it is still a basic and essential foundation of the process when you are a buyer. You need an agent that knows not only about the communities you are considering as a new home but the neighborhoods as well. Look for an agent that can tell you about the schools, the recreational opportunities and shopping, and commute times. A great agent will also be able to tell you where to get the best burger or cone of ice-cream!
Many first-time home buyers are tentative and nervous about deciding if a home is the right one for them. They may be extremely picky and want to look at many homes in different neighborhoods and communities. An agent with little patience is not going to be a good fit in this situation. Look for someone who exhibits patience and understanding regarding your needs when purchasing your first home.
A First-Time Home Buyer Needs Guidance
While some first-time home buyers can be very picky, others may be prone to making impulsive decisions based entirely on emotions. This tendency might translate into wanting to buy a home that is in a questionable neighborhood. That newly remodeled bathroom might blind them to the fact that the house that suddenly is their heart might need expensive renovations like a new roof or heating system. An experienced and knowledgeable Realtor will want what is best for you and point out these shortcomings.
As a first-time home buyer, the exciting experience of owning your own home is ahead of you. Make it a great one by working with a great real estate agent. Good luck on your hunt for a home!