When Should I Start "Looking"? Part 1

Real Estate Agent with REMAX of Joliet

I recently received an email from a very sweet homebuyer. She was very thorough and told me that they were renting and that they hadn't talked to a lender yet. Bottom line was she wasn't sure when she and her husband should start looking.

She didn't give me a phone number which sometimes means they prefer email so I responded. AND it was a very (very) long response. 

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION - It shocks me how many people don't research their  location before they want to view homes. Do you want a home close to the expressway? Do you hate cul-de-sacs?  Are you OK living on a corner lot? Do you work close by or have family or friends?  Is there a railroad close by? It amazes me how many times I pull up with buyers and I hear "Oh, I really don't like backing up to a major road" or "I didn't know the house had a pond behind it which I don't like at all." I want to scream at them! LOL! It's wasting our time and the sellers who left the house for us to view their home. No matter how much you like the house inside, you already have a negative impression that is hard to overcome. I tell people to go to www.googleearth.com and view the home and know the location BEFORE getting in a vehicle.


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LaNita Cates of REMAX Realty of Joliet has been serving the Joliet, Plainfield, Naperville, Crest Hill, Bolingbrook, Shorewood and surrounding areas, helping buyers and sellers with all their real estate needs.

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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Great advice, LaNita Cates ... and a great tip regarding www.googleearth.com too.  THEY need to get in the car and roam ... get a feel for different areas, style of homes, and etc.  And in the meantime, they can be talking and preparing for a purchase with a Lender ... 2 great accomplishments!


Nov 11, 2014 06:28 AM
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Above & Beyond - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Great post LaNita. One thing I started doing myself to cut down on the reaction to ponds etc... is to look at the homes on google earth. There I can see ponds, high tension wires, railroads, and freeways. I have saved enormous time by sending this info to buyers or encouraging them to look for themselves. Have a great weekend!

Nov 21, 2014 12:56 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

LaNita-Always good to vet what the clients are looking for with the right questions. Great time saving tip using Google Earth!

Feb 03, 2015 06:10 PM