I teach first time homebuyer workshops several times each year and during these workshops I have tried to emphasize some key point for buyers when it comes to shopping for a home. Below I've listed a few that tend to come to mind right away:
- The importance of selecting an agent for representation. I like to convey the importance of choosing an agent who the buyer not only gets along with, but who communicates with them in a way that they will respond. What I mean by that is, if a buyer is a heavy texter, their agent must have text messaging to make communication faster and more efficient and, thereby, creating a smoother transaction.
- The second point I bring up is, choose an agent who listens to you. The old cliche "the buyer is always right" is pretty true when it comes to purchasing a home. I've found, however, that the buyer doesn't always know what's right for them without a little guidance. For instance, if a buyers tells me their search criteria for a house and we look at 5 homes that all fall within that criteria and they don't like any of them, I find myself wanting to guide them through a re-assessment of priorities. Is it really the school district they want or is it a 2 story home they want? Do they really want a fixer upper or is it really a move-in ready home at a good price that they need? Would they take a 2 bedroom home if there was a finished basement, or do they really need a 3 bedroom home? After this re-assessment, many buyers are more open to viewing other homes that might best suit them.
- The buyer-agent team is not complete without the right lender. Too many times a transaction becomes disasterous when the buyer is unable to get clear answers from their lender. Sometimes they are unable to reach their lender. Choosing the right lender is as important as choosing the right agent. I can't emphasize enough the obstructions that can be avoided when the team is selected well and everyone works together. This makes for a happy new home buyer!
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