Home Buyer Advice: 4 Steps to Searching for a New Home

Reblogger Patricia Kennedy
Real Estate Agent with RLAH Real Estate AB95346

I do a lot of work with buyers, and so many of them arrive for our buyer interview, well, confused!

If it's on the Internet, it ain't necessarily so!  And while inventory is tight around the region, wading through all the possibilities is daunting.  

Oh, and don't forget that all of those lovely photos you are seeing online are heavily Photoshopped!  

So read on.  And I hope drop by Holly's blog to leave a comment!

Original content by Holly Weatherwax

While many clients start out thinking they can find a home without the help of a Realtor, they often discover there there is great value in working with one.
 
Once you have gotten past searching on your own using websites that are often outdated, and you decide to hire someone to help and to represent your interests, 1) you can work with your Realtor to set up some automated searches and get some tools from them that will give you real time listing information. It only takes a couple times of finding the 'perfect' house, just to be told  it is already sold (even though it doesn't say that online) to figure out that we have more reliable tools for you to use.
 
The next phase is 2) on-line screening. This is when you start to see patterns in terms of what kind of Home Buyershomes you like, neighborhoods that seem appealing and features that might make it on to your 'must have' and 'nice to have' lists.
 
After you have identified some homes that you would like to see, the next step is to 3) set up some appointments. One thing to note here is that most homes require some level of appointment. Even vacant homes often require the agent to schedule in advance (so that the owner doesn't unwittingly show up and so that they know who is in and out of their home).  Providing a complete list, preferably 24 hours in advance of your showing time, is a TREMENDOUS help to your Realtor.
 
4) Tour your selected homes and enjoy the process! Take notes and pay attention to what features and locations resonate with you. If you don't find your home on the first trip out, this information will be invaluable for planning your next showing appointment.
 
The process (steps 1-4) can be repeated over and over until you find the house of your dreams (or at least one that works for you)!
 
It can be very tempting to just 'stop by' an open house or a new home builder. Please, please, please don't do that without first discussing it with your Realtor. Most Open House agents will honor your preexisting relationship (or they may not), but when it comes to New Homes, the rule is that your Realtor must be with you at the first visit, or they cannot represent you in the sale.
 
Buying a house can be a lot of fun, but it is rarely as easy as what you see on television. Understanding that it is a process, and you probably won't find your new home on the first weekend you decide to start looking will help you manage the process and, hopefully, enjoy it!

 

 

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Patricia, this is great advice.  Glad you reoblogged this one.  I missed it.

Jan 03, 2017 05:14 PM #3
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Patrica

Good choice to re-post Holly Weatherwax post on 4 steps to searching for a new home.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 03, 2017 07:50 PM #4
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Gayle, and Holly is an easy agent!  

Jan 03, 2017 08:33 PM #5
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Jeff, I think a lot of buyers have to disconnect from a couple of their favorite online sites!  And that's easier if they have a great agent.

Jan 03, 2017 08:34 PM #6
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William, I almost missied this one, too.

Jan 03, 2017 08:34 PM #7
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Lou,, Holly is a terrific agent, and a terrific blogger, too.

Jan 03, 2017 08:36 PM #8
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Chris Ann,  I think I know who you mean.  She didn't inspire this post, but I did stop reading and commenting when she started using the AR site as a teaser.

Jan 03, 2017 08:47 PM #9
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Nina, I think it's a wee bit rude.

Jan 03, 2017 08:49 PM #10
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Andrea, there are people I stopped reading when I had to click to read their post. I'm guessing it's also hard for the Feature Fairy to find them.

Jan 03, 2017 08:51 PM #11
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Tammy, it's not that they are just driving traffic to their websites.  I think it's fine if you are trying to get consumers to check out your site by sending to their IDX or other information.  But just for me to read a post?  Doesn't work for me.  

Jan 03, 2017 08:54 PM #12
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Carol, if it's a post aimed at other Realtors, there is no reason to use click bait.

Jan 03, 2017 08:55 PM #13
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Dick, that's a great way of putting it!

Jan 03, 2017 08:56 PM #14
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George,  it works if you are writing for the public.  I don't think it works as well if you are a Realtor or lender writing for your peers.

Jan 03, 2017 08:58 PM #15
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Myrl, I think I know who you mean.  She did not inspire this post, but I no longer read her blog.  

Jan 03, 2017 09:00 PM #16
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 Why do I keep on missing all these good blog posts? I don't know what I would do without you Patricia Kennedy 

Jan 03, 2017 10:01 PM #17
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Joan Cox
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Pat, great post to re-blog, and Holly has written some really great posts to assist homebuyers! 

Jan 04, 2017 06:50 AM #18
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Paul, believe me, I really miss lots of great ones!

Jan 04, 2017 08:27 AM #19
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Joan, Holly works in the Virginia suburbs and I like and respect her a lot.  She's got great advice for buyers and sellers.

Jan 04, 2017 08:28 AM #20
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I missed this one and good reblog choice. Holly give good advice.

Jan 04, 2017 07:35 PM #21
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Debbie, she's a good agent who gives terrific advice.

Jan 04, 2017 08:52 PM #22
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