How I Can Help You Buy a Home
Alright, folks, listen up! As a first-time home buyer turned savvy Realtor, I've got a ton of tips to share with you. But, for the sake of time here are the top six that come up again and again. Trust me, following these will help you stay sane, enjoy the process, and even have some fun while house hunting! So, save this post for future reference, or better yet, give me a call so I can help you out. No matter where you're looking to buy, sell, or rent, my global network has got you covered. Let's make this home buying experience a blast!
Before daydreaming on Zillow and requesting tours, speak with a trusted lender and understand your buying power. What you can afford may be different from what you WANT to spend. So get that pre-approval in your tool belt.
- Decide on your Must Haves | ”Location, Location, Location"
As I tell my clients, the one thing I highly suggest not compromising is location. You can't change the land, but you can always upgrade and change the house's interior. Location affects your day-to-day. Are there eateries and coffee shop nearby? Do you need public transportation? Is a park important? And remember, location influences your resale. Could you be a pioneer?
Staying flexible on timing can be an incredibly useful tool. For instance, if you're currently renting, consider opting for a month-to-month lease as you start your search. Waiting until the last three months of your lease before beginning the house hunt can create unnecessary pressure, particularly in today's low inventory market, where finding the right property can take more time than expected.
Keep your eye on the prize! Remember that all parties (Seller & Buyer) want a win-win when negotiating. Your agent's job is to advocate price and terms, be the buffer between all parties, and strategize how to reach the common goal: closing on the property!
Take a step back and look at the facts - remove the emotion! There are often unexpected issues that arise during the home buying process, such as inspection items, closing date changes, title errors, or construction delays for new builds. But don't panic! Take a deep breath, and rely on your team of experts to guide you and find solutions. That's what we're here for - to handle the unexpected and ensure a smooth process for you!
- Communication: The Key to Success
Keep everyone in the loop when working with your team by communicating regularly. Create a group text, ask questions, and keep all parties on the email threads. Trust me, this will save you time and stress!