So you’re considering buying a home? Where do you begin? Naturally, everyone I speak with starts searching for homes on the internet. But who do you turn to for advice? Your real estate agent should be a sounding board for information and homes in the area. That agent should also be able to manage your expectations so that you never question the next step.
Seeking to find a real estate professional should include a little due diligence. How long has the agent been in the business? How many homes does that agent typically sell? Does the agent represent both sides of a sale? If so, how does that benefit the buyer? Is the agent a good listener? Does the agent have practical, beneficial advice? Does the agent have resources that benefit the buyer? How knowledgeable is the agent about the housing market? These are critical questions that should be asked and answered.
Searching the Scottsdale and surrounding areas, you’ll find there are a variety of homes for sale. At the very beginning process, I provide an app to assist you in gaining information about homes for sale. Being able to search for homes anonymously helps to make the process easy. The system will communicate with me as well so I know which homes you’ve searched for information.
It’s wise to have an agent in your corner when it comes to buying a home. Remember that an agent listing a home for sale or holding an open house for a home listed for sale represents the seller, not you. So asking them for information may provide answers as if the seller were speaking, not an agent representing you with your best interests at heart. Agents are required by law to provide information about a home, but only when asked. So if you’re interested in a home, let me know and I’ll provide the entire picture of information.
The second step to getting started is to consult with a mortgage professional. Arizona contracts require you to be “pre-approved” for a mortgage, if you need one. So shopping without being pre-qualified might waste valuable time if you happen upon the “right” home before you’ve visited with a lender.
When we begin our search, the first question I like to ask is, “What do you love about your current home?” And, “What do you not like about your current home?” Answering these questions gives me great insight into how you feel about your home and will help me to know what to search for in your next home. Sometimes we don’t know why we love our homes until we’re asked.
Your agent should pick up on what is most important to you after viewing a few homes, but always feel free to share tidbits and stories about you and your home that will help your agent. And when you’re out looking at homes, it’s great to be able to have FUN in the process This is a very serious business, but staying relaxed and looking at it from a big picture aspect helps to keep things in perspective.
Call me with question if you are considering buying or selling a home in my area!