February 4th, 2016 3:37 PM by Christopher Terry
Growing up, most of us imagined living in a home that we owned. A home that we could decorate to our perfection, and a place with a big enough backyard for the kids and dogs to run free in.
For many though, it is hard to take the leap and buy a home. That is why here at E Z Home Search Real Estate we want to give you a comprehensive buying guide so that you don’t feel alone when you start the search for your perfect home.
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this guide we talked about the top reasons to buy a home as well as five tips that you should know before you make the purchase. In Part 3 we will discuss the process of picking a qualified agent, and the questions that you should ask your agent before you buy.
First of all, let us inform you that not all agents are the same. All too often people pick the first agent they stumble upon only to realize too far into the process that they should have shopped around a bit first. Buying a home is one of the biggest purchase decisions you will ever make, so why not get the best of the best to help you through the process?
When you are ready to buy a home the first thing you should do is ask the people around you who they trusted to get them their dream home. Use their suggestions as a starting point in your search for the agent who will work best for you.
Once you have found an appealing agent you should consider asking them the following questions.
Can you send me some information about yourself?
Look for professionalism and consistency. What are their professional accomplishments?.
How many homes have you closed in the past year?
Look for an agent who is active in your area and at the top of their industry. Part-time agents are not able to keep up with the constantly changing demands of the market. A good rule of thumb is a minimum of 10-15 transactions.
How long have you been in business?
Look for an agent that has been in the business for a minimum of three years. The fall-out ratio for agents in the business less than 3 years is over 80%. While experience is important, accomplishments are more important. You should also consider how long they have worked in the area you want to buy a home specifically. The longer they have worked in the area, the more they know about that specific market and what is considered a “good deal” in that neighborhood.
What will you do keep me informed?
Determine how much communication you want, and then find an agent who will give you the attention and time you want and deserve.
What is the best way for me to get in touch with you?
You should know exactly how to get through to your agent or assistant.
What awards or accolades have you received in the past couple of years?
Make sure that your agent is a professional, well regarded and at the top of the industry. They will be more knowledgeable and will be able to best represent your interests based on experience and reputation.
If you follow this guideline, there is a better chance of having a great experience while purchasing your home. The process itself is stressful enough, do not let an under qualified agent add to that.
Don't miss Part 4 where we give you 10 must do steps to becoming a homeowner.
Don't want to wait for Part 4? Click Here for instant access to our Special Home Buyer Guide packed full of insider tips to help you save thousands when finding, buying and financing your next home.
Do you have any more pointers for new buyers? Leave them know by posting a comment below!
Mariah Terry is passionate writer and blogger studying Journalism at Emerson College with a minor in Marketing. See her work at mariahjterry.wix.com/reblogs.