The Home Shopping Process
As your real estate agent, my most important job is to make the home shopping process pleasant and rewarding for you.
I do that in a number of ways.
I regularly recommend properties for viewing that closely match your needs and wants, and are within your price range. That spares you the frustration of visiting homes that aren’t suitable.
I make sure you don’t miss opportunities. When a desirable property suddenly comes on the market, you’re alerted.
I help you schedule viewings that fit your schedule, so there’s little if any inconvenience for you.
Before you view a property, I provide you with in-depth details on the home, so you can make an informed decision. This includes closing dates, market value, and more. Later, if you have questions, I get the answers for you.
I also provide you with resources to research the neighborhood, so you get a clear sense of what an area is like in terms of lifestyle, safety, schools, etc. This is important on your part as a buyer. You must do your due diligence on a neighborhood and I recommend you do that early in the process and not when we are submitting an offer on a property.
When you find a property you like, I give you my honest, professional recommendation as to how well the home meets your needs and wants. You won’t have to make such an important decision without my expert advice.
As your real estate agent, I’m committed to getting you into the right home, and I’m with you every step of the way.
What to Look for when Viewing a Property
Here are a few questions and ideas to consider when viewing homes to help make the process easier and more productive:
- Does the home have your “needs” features (those features you must have)? (For example, number of bedrooms, closet space, kitchen size, etc.)
- Does the home have any of your “wants” features (those features you’d like to have, but would be willing to forgo or put in after the purchase)? (For example, large backyard deck, spacious family room, fence, pool, etc.)
- What is the general condition of the home? Are there signs that the owners have kept up with repairs and maintenance? (You will be presented a seller disclosure with fact abut the home. If it is not available, I will do my best effort to get one before writing up an offer. If this is not possible, we will write in the offer that the offer is contingent on you seeing and signing off on a seller disclosure. It is important for you to know about the past history of a property.)
- Will the home need any major repairs, remodeling or renovations? Is there anything, such as the roof, that may need to be replaced soon?
- What do you like most about the home?
- Is there anything about the home you don’t like? Can that be changed with a remodeling or renovation now or in the future?
- Take a walk around the neighborhood. Are the homes well-kept, indicating pride of ownership?
- Do you like where the home is situated in the neighborhood?
- Does the neighborhood have what you want? (For example, access to public transit, shopping, local parks, school district,etc.)
Viewing properties should never be a frustrating ordeal. It’s my job to help make the process easy and productive for you, so you can find the home you want.
Ready to get started? Call or email and let me know more about the kind of home you’re looking for. Or, submit the form below and I’ll get back to you.