The home buying process can be a stressful time if you are not prepared. One of the first steps in the process is finding a real estate agent with whom you’re comfortable. Keep in mind that the person you choose will be working with you to help find your dream home. Therefore, you want to choose someone who is experienced and will represent you well. Before you start looking for a home, request a consultation with your real estate agent. Such a request will let you know your agent is interested in learning about your needs and expectations. There are several reasons why a buyer’s consultation is necessary.
👍 Clarify the Home Buying Process
Not only is buying a home stressful, but it can also be confusing. Meeting with your real estate agent before you begin your search will allow you to ask questions regarding the process. Your agent will use this time to conduct an interview. They will ask you many questions that will help them help you find the home of your dreams. Some questions you should be prepared to answer are:
- Have you been pre-qualified for a home loan? If so, for what amount have you been pre-qualified?
- What options must your new home have?
- How many bedrooms and bathrooms must your new home have?
- What options would you like to have with your new home, but could do without if necessary?
- In which neighborhood are you looking?
- How much square footage do you prefer?
- What is your desired lot size?
- Must the home be move-in ready or are you interested in repairs and remodeling?
- Do you prefer new construction or is an older home okay?
These are just some of the questions your agent might ask you. If there’s something they should know that they didn’t ask you, now’s the time to speak up and let them know. The point is that they need to get to know a little about you so they can help find a home that you’ll love. Conversely, there are a few questions you should ask the agent. Some of these questions are:
- How many years have you been in the real estate industry?
- What is your process for finding me a home?
- What is the average selling price of the homes you sell?
- What is the average number of homes you’ve sold in a year?
- Are you a member of any professional organizations?
- Do you have references?
🗣 Set the Expectations on Both Sides
A consultation will allow you to discuss with your agent what you expect of them. They will, in turn, let you know what they expect of you. You need to know what your agent is willing to do to find you the right home. You need to set up communication expectations as soon as you start working with an agent. Let them know your preferred method of contact, whether it be by phone, text or email. Your agent should also tell you how to reach them should you have questions or have found a home you want to look at. Once your agent goes to work for you there may be times that they will want to contact you and these times may not be normal business hours. You need to let your agent know if there are hours when you are off limits and shouldn’t be contacted. You, as well as your agent, should walk away from the consultation knowing what is expected.
😃 Lay the Foundation for a Happy Client/Agent Relationship
Getting to know each other through the consultation gives you a chance to get comfortable with your agent and decide if you are compatible. Being comfortable with the agent who is going to represent you and help you negotiate a favorable deal can put your mind at ease when dealing with the stress of searching for and buying a new home. If you’re happy with your agent, you will feel free to call upon them when you have a question or need help or simply want to look at homes. When your agent is comfortable with you, they will keep your best interests in mind when finding the right home for you. Both parties will be able to communicate openly and honestly which lays the foundation for a happy client/agent relationship.
Once you’ve completed this important consultation with your agent, you can decide for yourself if this is the agent you want to work with. Once you’ve made that determination, it’s time for your agent to get to work for you and you can start the exciting process of finding a great home.
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