6 Rules Every South Tampa Home Buyer Should Know

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6 Rules Every South Tampa Home Buyer Should Know


If you are in the market for Palma Ceia homes for sale in South Tampa FL, be aware that there are some unwritten rules of conduct for buyers. These common courtesies may impact your purchase in a positive or negative way.

The best practices when buying homes in South Tampa will help you have a better buying experience.

Keep your buyer etiquette in check by following these six tips:


1. Don’t bring an entourage

When touring Palma Ceia homes for sale in South Tampa FL, try to limit the number of people you will bring along.  Sometimes, too many opinions can be overwhelming and confusing. If possible, don’t bring your little ones when viewing a house. If you really have to, don’t let them wander anywhere. Aside from safety issues, it is also rude to let a kid run loose in someone else’s property.


2. Avoid excessive visits

One to three visits is usually acceptable before making an offer. However, if you return more than three times, make sure that you are seriously considering the home. Aside from inconvenience, excessive visits may make the seller extremely anxious, especially if you don’t return. Keep in mind that you will have inspections and access to the home again so avoid wasting the seller’s time with too many visits.


3. Get pre-approved for a home loan

If you want sellers of South Tampa homes for sale in Palma Ceia to take you seriously, get pre-approved and know exactly how much house you can afford before shopping for a property. It is misleading to look at a home you’re not sure you qualify for. Take into consideration that the seller and the agent took time to prepare for the showing. If you haven’t yet been pre-approved, let the agent and seller know upfront.


4. Be polite during tours.

During home tours, it is extremely important to be polite. Keep in mind that you’re walking through someone else’s home. Know the fine line between thoroughly checking out a property and going through personal belongings. You are not there to turn the place upside down. Some sellers insist on remaining onsite for your tour. If that is the case, avoid sharing positive or negative feedback about the property until you are alone with the agent.


5. Be considerate.

While viewing homes, avoid sitting on the bed, lounging on the couch or using the bathroom. If you want to check if the home has enough storage space to meet your needs, inspect the closets and the cabinets but never go through someone’s private belongings. Ask permission first if you want to take pictures or a video.


6. Be open with your agent

Remember that your real estate agent is your advocate. Your honesty and openness will help them do the best possible job for you. If you don’t like a specific property, tell your agent why so that the search can be easily narrowed down for you. If you are not sure about something, tell your agent so that situation or issue can be resolved at once. Be clear with how much money you want to spend on a home. This will make the house hunting faster and easier.


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If you are looking for a dedicated and hardworking Tampa FL REALTOR®, call me, Mary G. Diaz, today at 813 245-9677. I can provide you with fast and reliable assistance in finding or selling homes in South Tampa. With my extensive knowledge and experience in selling luxury properties in the area, I can assist you in making the best choice.

Comments (6)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Matchmaker,  You hit the nail on the head with this blog.  People have to understand the do's and don't's

Feb 22, 2016 11:34 PM
Mary Diaz
Tampa, FL
Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker



Feb 22, 2016 11:39 PM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

Great tips,  , and I would always put #3 as my Number 1... first step for buyer is to KNOW their financial where with all, prior to shopping!

Feb 23, 2016 12:03 AM
Mary Diaz
Tampa, FL
Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker

Yes, it is so important to remember the rules of showing.


Feb 23, 2016 12:05 AM
Rhonda Fee - REALTOR®
Luxury Property Agent, Home Sales, Relocation - Pleasanton, CA
@ Aspire Realty Services

Wonderful tips you have here, Mary! Home buyers better pay attention to these suggestions.

Feb 24, 2016 09:32 PM
Mary Diaz
Tampa, FL
Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker

Thank you so much.


Feb 24, 2016 09:35 PM