Through the years I've always enjoyed working with first time home buyers and in particular commendable first time buyers who take the proper steps to make the home buying process enjoyable for themselves and in turn their agent.
Not too long ago I was covering the phones when a call came in from a young man inquiring about a home which happened to ba a duplex. I gave him the pertinent information and we set up a showing to take a look on the upcoming Saturday morning. As it turned out the home required more work than he was willing to put into it and quickly ruled it out. We talked a little about his home buying goals and he did have an underlying goal, buy his first home and start investing in real estate.
I offered to do a further search for him and set him up with a Listing Cart which automatically updates daily with new listings matching his search criteria. He accepted my offer and we soon found a couple more possibilities for him; at this point I thought it would be a good time for an office consultation and go over the home buying process with him. This often seems to be where a lot of potential home buyers dig their heels in and bog down but not this one, he was anxious to do things right and jumped at the chance to learn more. I love it when when a buyer wants to learn and even more when they're willing to listen and take advice.
To make a long story short; after the consultation we were able to identify our goals, narrow the search and quickly found a home that was a solid investment for him which we closed in about three weeks. Not only was this a smooth and memorable home buying experience for both of us but two weeks later he attended a real estate investment seminar as my guest and is planning for the long term. I truely commend this first time home buyer, he has a good head on his shoulders and should be very proud of himself, I know I am.