So you're thinking about buying a home in Greenwood or one of the great surrounding areas. Awesome!
Like most buyers, you probably began your search online. Pouring over property descriptions and photos. Looking for the perfect place.
Then it happens.... You find one you love, it's PERFECT!
What's next? Who do you call to take a look in person?
Great question! Buying a home is unlike any other purchase. You can't just stop by a store or car lot and take a look at what's available! So what's the next step after you've checked out a home on-line and you think it might be "the one"? First -- slow down!
- Before you look at anything -- talk with a lender and get your pre-approval. I know that sounds scary, but it's really quite easy. Lenders work with potential buyers everyday and are expecting your call! Why is this so important? It will confirm that you're looking in the right price range and you'll be prepared when the right property comes along.
- Establish a relationship with a full time experienced agent with clients who love them. Get personal recommendations from friends and family who recently had a great experience or check out online reviews and client testimonials. This is an important decision -- don't leave it to a chance meeting at an open house!
- Call your realtor -- not the agent on the sign or a random agent assigned because you clicked "schedule a showing" on some website. Call your agent and determine a mutually convenient day and time. Try to give a minimum of 24 hour notice, then let your agent handle the details.
Can't you just call the one on the sign? You can -- but here are some reasons why you might not want to:
- The listing agent has been hired by the seller and has a legal responsibility to represent the seller's interests, not yours. It's kind of like using your Ex's attorney for a divorce!
- There are "etiquette guidelines" between agents. If an agent shows you a property -- he expects to write your offer, even if you want to be represented by someone else.
- Convenience. For example, let's say you want to see 6 houses, you're calling 6 agents and juggling all of the appointments. Not to mention going through meet and greet's with 6 different agents. Let your agent handle the scheduling so you can concentrate on the houses.
- When you're working with one agent, they begin to understand the things that are really important to you in a new house and may have suggestions you haven't considered.
- If you call different listing agents for every showing, you never have an opportunity to really get to know them or build trust. This is a person who will be representing you in one of the largest purchases of your life. Get to know them so you're confident they are an expert and will be representing you wisely.