Buying your first home? And, you think you found a great Realtor. Good. So, what would cause you to question the home buying process? Is it because your friends told you THIS, your parents told you THAT, and your cousin who just bought her first house three states away is telling you SOMETHING ELSE. And, now it's causing you to question how your Realtor is helping you go about about the home buying process, the very agent who you thought was so reputable. You started out confident in yourself and your agent. What happened? I'll tell you.
First....stop listening to all of THEM.
It's great to have so many advocates, but who is the overall real authority when it comes to buying and selling real estate locally? Who's been doing it day in and day out - and, for a number of years?
STOP. Tell them to stop. Or, cover your ears. You can't allow your family and friends to influence your decisions and question the process. You should realize that when they begin interfering, it complicates things. And, eventually, your Realtor can't help but take offense or feel annoyed. As they say ...too many cooks spoil the broth.
You might look to others for advice, but then you need to use some common sense too. Your parents may have bought their current house 20 years ago - things have changed since then. And, the process of buying a home varies from state to state and each transaction is handled on a case by case basis. The procedures involved with somebody else's home purchase may not apply to yours, even if both transactions may seem somewhat similar. This is not the kind of business where "if you've seen one, you've see them all." Just like there are no two people who are the alike, no two snowflakes that are alike and no two houses that are alike ....no two real estate transactions are the same either.
TRUST. You need to trust your agent. It's only natural to feel a little insecure being that this is your first home purchase. Is your Realtor simply a salesperson who doesn't get paid until the deal closes? NO. That's certainly not the case. There are laws and a strict code of ethics. A Realtor must provide an agency disclosure explaining whose interest is being represented. A real estate agent cannot put his or her needs before the needs of those they serve. If your Realtor is a buyer's agent, he or she is legally obligated to provide fiduciary responsibilities. Besides, any Realtor who has been in business for a number of years understands the importance of not pressuing buyers and ensuring that the process goes as smooth as possible. It's true - we thrive on referral business from satisfied customers of the past. Usually, a real estate agent will try to remain your friend long after the transaction is over.
The experience of buying a home will be far less frustrating when you stop listening to others and start trusting your Realtor to facilitate the process. Don't work against your Realtor. But, instead - work with your Realtor. If the dream of home-ownership is your goal, then your local real estate professional knows best. Other people might have good intentions, but your Realtor should be considered your number one source - especially if he or she has years of experience. How can that possibly compare to your best friend who has only experienced one real estate transaction in his or her lifetime?
STOP. Tell them to stop. Or, cover your ears. TRUST the real estate proffesional you have selected. After all, weren't you seeking proffesional advise when you decided to enlist a Realtor to represent you? Who do You listen to? ...who should you TRUST?