Columbus first time home buyers - a step by step guide to buying a home

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One step in finding a home is to find YOUR agent. 

If you are looking to buy your first home, single family home or condo "CONTACT YOUR REALTOR®"

The thing that may confuse you is that there are so many agents.... you call the number on the sign.  Is that licensed real estate professional YOUR agent?

You go through an open house and meet someone and call for more information, is that person YOUR agent? 

You set up 10 showings in the Clintonville neighborhood with 10 different agents.  Are all 10 people showing you homes your agent?

The agents will each provide you with a Consumers Guide to Agency Relationship.  The guide and the agent will tell you how their brokerage works. They will tell you if they can be your agent and what their relationship to the seller is.

The image is a sign at a Worthington Condominium, it says "CONTACT YOUR REALTOR"

When you call on listings to schedule an appointment one of the first things often asked is "Are you working with a REALTOR®."  I usually say "Are you working with an agent?"   What's the difference? A REALTOR® is a member of NAR, a national trade organization for  the real estate industry.  I don't know if we have real estate professionals in Central Ohio who are NOT REALTORS®.

How do you make someone YOUR REALTOR®?  Or your agent?

Real Living's Advice about finding an agent -  Remember Real Living is not just in Central Ohio or just Ohio.  They are in many other states so their advice sometimes has to be vague.

Real Living's Steps to Buying

My advice about finding an agent - MyRealLiving sign up

  1. Find an agent who works in the area you are interested.    
  2. Find an agent who you are comfortable with. 
  3. Find out how they work, if that works for you find your first house. 

This is the first post in a series for Columbus First Time Home Buyers - a step by step guide to finding a home.

  1. Find WHERE you want to live
  2. Find an agent  ****
  3. Find a mortgage loan officer
  4. Find a home
  5. Find the terms that make the home yours
  6. Find out about the home
  7. Found it?  Inspected it?  Financed it?  Close it and move on in

While it is the first post in the series this  is the second step.  I skipped "Step 1" didn't I?

You are smart.  There's no putting one past you.  We skipped step one in the series.  We are going to have to go back and do step one next.   Stay tuned.

The market I work in is mainly the north side of Columbus and Southern Delaware County.

Maureen McCabe Real Living HER Worthington



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Karen Kruschka
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Maureen  We are both writing on the same subject - yours is very well done.  I'm going to read the rest of yours to compare - my approach is slightly different  Karen

Aug 14, 2009 06:24 AM #1
Maureen McCabe
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I better not read yours then until after.  I have the next one written. Mostly. 

Or maybe it wouldn't hurt to look....

Aug 14, 2009 06:28 AM #2
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