Guide For First Time Home Buyers - Step 1

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Guide For First Time Home Buyers - Step 1



Step 1: Find a REALTOR


This is one of the most important steps in finding a home, and I'm not justGuide For First Time Home Buyers - Step 1 saying that because I'm a REALTOR, it's true!


Your REALTOR is responsible for making your home buying process as quick, painless, stress-free, and easy as possible. He/she needs to be someone you can trust, get along with, and someone who will listen to your needs and wants and work hard to logically and strategically make them happen. You want a REALTOR who is interested in making you happy, not their other clients and their self.


How can you find the best REALTOR for you?


Ask people you trust for a referral! The best way to find a good realtor is to ask your friends, family, or coworkers to refer you to someone they know,  and trust!  A referral is by far the best way you're going to find an experienced, top notch agent that will put your needs first.


Do your research! A simple Google search of the agents name can work wonders for first-time home buyers. You can learn about the REALTOR you've been referred on ActiveRain, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook,Google+ you name it!



Know the difference! You may notice that the word "realtor" is all capitalized. This is because someone who is a REALTOR is registed with the National Association of REALTORS. This means that they must follow a code of ethics, in addition to real estate law. A real estate agent who is not associated with this organization, however, does not abide by those same code of ethics, they are only responsible to follow the law.


Why is this difference important? If you view the code of ethics, you'll find that there are certain clauses prohibiting dilberately misleading a client, encouraging full disclosure, and more. Essentially, your REALTOR is held to a higher level of standards than those not associated with the National Association of REALTORS.


Once you've found a REALTOR, they can assist in finding out your needs and wants, and work to find homes and areas that match that. Since they've been through the home buying process countless times, they can also help you with referrals to good lenders, or any other house related professionals you need. Getting a REALTOR is the easiest way to eliminate some of the work that goes into finding a home.


If you already had some homes in mind be sure to tell your REALTOR. He/she can find out all the pertinent information regarding each home



My advice: Communicate with your REALTOR!




Guide For First Time Home Buyers - Step 1




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Jessica Senecal
Solutions Real Estate - Waddell, AZ
Horse Property Specialist

Great Blog..............many first time homebuyers need to read this.

Jun 03, 2011 12:25 PM #1
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Hi Anna Banana, great post full of very important information for the first time home buyer, no matter where they are located!!!!

Jun 03, 2011 01:17 PM #2
Laura Forman
National Realty of Brevard - Melbourne, FL
Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist

A first-time home buyer should really have a Realtor they trust.  Trust is foundational to all other aspects of the home buying process.

Jun 03, 2011 01:23 PM #3
Pippa Mac
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring - The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands TX Real Estate

You are definitely on top of your game in this area!    Great post for buyers!  pippa

Jun 04, 2011 09:59 AM #4
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Anna, that is why you are my pick for referrals in Arizona.  Thanks for another great post.

Jun 04, 2011 10:08 AM #5
Maya Swamy
Funds Available - Long Beach, CA
Ph.D. Long Beach, CA -

Key points there. However the emphasis on blogging (which I do) concerns me because many great realtors don't do it.

Jun 07, 2011 01:32 PM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Jessica - first time home buyers need so much education up front!

Andrea - thanks. Tried to make it workable for the country.

Laura - absolutley -TRUST - going both way makes for a good situation and good home buying process.

Pippa - why thank you Ms Pippa!

Suzanne - thanks!  You know I'll take great care of your clients.  Haven't heard from them lately...probably busy with graduations etc.


Jun 07, 2011 01:36 PM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Maya - blogging is now and the future. Agents that don't undertand the new way of communicating with clients may get lost in the shuffle.

Jun 07, 2011 01:37 PM #8
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque


Sound Advice for first time buyers.  

Jun 07, 2011 03:18 PM #9
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Lloyd - thanks for stopping by!

Jun 08, 2011 11:36 AM #10
Kristi DeFazio
RE/MAX Advantage - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468

Anna- Great advice- find a Realtor and communicate with them often! Great series by the way!

Jun 10, 2011 03:26 PM #11
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Anna first time homebuyers no matter what city and state you are located should definitely read this blog. Very helpful blog. Thanks for sharing. Great post.

Jun 12, 2011 04:08 PM #12
Paula Smith
RE/MAX Mountain Properties - Prescott, AZ
CDPE, CRS, SFR, Prescott Arizona

Love those first time buyers. I love your post, all steps, it will halp to remind me of little details for my clients. Thanks for your great words!

Jun 17, 2011 11:39 AM #13
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Krisit - thanks!  Communication is the key!

Lanre - yes I think so to.  They can contact me and then I can refer them out to great AR agents around the country. What a great idea!

Paula - you're welcome!  So many details.....but our job is to make it look simple!!

Jun 18, 2011 07:27 AM #14
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