Have you been thinking about buying your first home recently, but really have no idea what to expect or what you should be doing? The next few "blogs" are going to be of a big help then! My first focus is going to be on hiring a Realtor. This could be the most important task of the whole process!
Find a Realtor that you are comfortable with. As a first time home buyer, you are going to have questions, insecurities, and you are going to need someone who you feel at ease talking to. This person should be knowledgeable and should be able to help you through this process. You should also be looking for a Realtor that you can trust. This goes along with being comfortable with them because they are going to learn a lot about you over the process. You are going to have to share personal information with them, & you are going to be spending a lot of time with your Realtor, so make sure you pick one that you can trust.
You also want a Realtor that has patience and is understanding. You may not find "your" home in just one shot, so make sure your Realtor is ready to spend time with you either out looking or on the computer going through homes on the MLS.
You're also going to want a Realtor that responds to other people in the industry in a timely manner & is dutiful with the work that is at hand. You don't want a Realtor that ignores phone calls, emails, paperwork, etc. This will not only complicate the process for you, but it has the potential to prolong the closing or even ruin a deal all together.
My advice to all buyers is if you don't already know a Realtor that you are comfortable with & can depend on, then look around. Talk to friends & family members, see who they have used in the past, find out if you know anyone, & then interview them. Make sure you take your time with this, because this is going to help to ensure a smooth and memorable process for you.
Good luck! If any AR members have any other advice, please share in the comments sections!