When it comes to making a real estate investment, a good realtor can make a world of difference in your overall experience. Buying a new home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make and choosing the right real estate agent is the first step, but it takes two to tango your way to the perfect home. You also have to do your part by preparing your agent with pertinent information and making them aware of your expectations. Let’s talk about some steps that you can take to ensure that you have the best possible experience with your real estate agent.
Be truthful in regards to your budget.
It’s not that we think that anyone would purposefully lie about what they want to spend on a property. The problem often lies in a person not being honest with themselves about what they can realistically afford. Your budget is one of the first pieces of the puzzle that your realtor will need in order to optimize your home search experience.
Provide your agent with a list of ‘Top 5 Must-Have’s’ for your purchase.
What are the things that you absolutely cannot live without in your new home? Make a list of the 5 most important features that you want your new home to have and give it to your agent. Not only will this help your agent to better understand your wants/needs for your new home, but it will also help her to weed out certain homes in your search.
- It is also important to realize that while almost everyone has a list of things that they “cannot live without” in their new home, the majority of home purchases will come with a compromise along the way.
Make arrangements in advance for home showings with your agent.
While it happens all too often, it isn’t ideal to line up a showing of a home an hour in advance. If you want your real estate agent to be able to arrange a quality showing of a home that you are interested in, try to give them as much advance notice as possible. This not only ensures that the home will be sufficiently ready for a showing, but it also allows your agent ample time to gather and research key information regarding the home, its history and any other relevant information, included but not limited to –
- Area/neighborhood related information
- Potential HOA information
- Value of similar homes nearby
- In depth information related to the home and its history
Be specific about your expectations for your new home.
You can never be too specific when it comes to your expectations for finding a new home. The more specific you are, the easier it will be for your real estate agent to properly guide you through the process.
Which of these things is most important to you in your search?
- Rental income
- Beach access
- Updated property
- New property
- Ability to finance
It may not seem like much, but this information will go a long way in allowing your agent to help you find the perfect home.
Are you looking to buy or sell a home? Melissa Clements is a seasoned real estate agent with experience in all areas of real estate. Contact her today – she is happy to answer your questions and help you with any real estate needs that you may have. Your journey to buying or selling a home can start today!