So you're thinking about buying a home, you've been combing through properties on Zillow for months on your couch, you've crunched numbers and talked to a lender (or maybe you haven't yet), and you are wondering where to start.
𝚂𝚝𝚎𝚙 𝟷: 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁.
A buyer’s agent is a real estate professional who is legally licensed to represent you as a buyer and your interests, as opposed to a seller’s agent who has the seller’s best interests at heart.
What does a buyer's agent do for you?
1. 𝘌𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴. I will help you understand what to expect, and what you need to be ready for, as well as answer any and all questions that you may have.
2. 𝘞𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘺 and point out good features, as well as potential red flags such as maintenance issues or expensive items that need replaced.
3. 𝘕𝘦𝘨𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘧 and help you decide on a fair price based on comparable homes that have sold nearby. As your agent, I will negotiate throughout the entire transaction and keep you up to speed on the dates and deadlines to make sure you close on time.
Not only will I work with you to understand exactly what you are looking for in a home, I will also identify homes to show, schedule showings, plan out the best routes, drive from house to house, talk to the listing agents, and find out everything I can about the homes that we are seeing. I help schedule the inspection and negotiate any repairs or credits, as well as find specific contractors to look into a potential issue if need be. I also communicate with your lender, the appraiser, the home inspector, the other agent, the home insurance company, AND on top of it all I handle all of the paperwork (which is a ton)! 𝘔𝘺 𝘫𝘰𝘣 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘥𝘰𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢 𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦, and that's why I love it!
Buying a home will likely be the most expensive purchase you will ever make, and the home you end up with will affect your quality of life (and that of your family) for the foreseeable future. So make sure you trust the agent you are hiring to represent you!
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