Ten Steps to buying a house this year. STEP 4. Sign up with a buyer agent.

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Ten Steps to buying a house this year. STEP 4. Sign up with a buyer agent

Buying a home can be a wonderful experience if you understand the home buying process.

After you sit down with a lender and find out the amount of mortgage you can afford , and know what you are looking for in a home the most important step is to interview  a few agents  and choose one to be your buyer agent. You can search on the internet , ask your friends who purchased recently or stop in at some local real estate offices.

DO NOT GO TO NEW CONSTRUCTION till you have spoken to an agent and learned about agency relations. In Pa the builder's agent represents the builder. It is good to have your own agent to represent you. However if you go to the model home on your own the builder will not honor your agency relation later. The agent should accompany you the first time you go to the model homes.

 Step # 4 Choose an agent to be your buyer agent.

Read the buyer agent contract carefully. Ask how the agent will be paid. In most cases the agent is paid by the seller . The seller pays the fee to listing agent and the listing agent pays the selling agent based on contact with the seller. But some buyer agents charge a transaction fee in addition .Ask for length of contract , which is negotiable and ask what happens if you find a home from FSBO. Read the contract carefully.

 You should ask the agent when the agent can show you homes because if you can only see during the day and the agent has another job or if you want to see on weekends and the agent does not work on weekends it will cause problems. Also ask how the agent will inform you of new listings and if the agent has a web site where you can look up listings and be notified of new listings.

Once you choose the agent you should mention what you are looking for in  a house and the price range. The agent will tell you where you can find homes in your price range with the amenities that you are looking for.

There are other sites like realtor.com where you can look up listings.

Step # 3 Make your wish list . 

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Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site www.GitaBantwal.com

 

She can be reached at 215-343-8200x124 or direct 215-275-8491 or via email gita01@aol.com

If you would like a FREE MARKET EVALUATION OF YOUR HOME IN PHILADELPHIA, BUCKS or MONTGOMERY COUNTY call me at 2152758491

 Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others  in my post and comments is not to be construed to be  legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.

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Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Gita Bantwal this, in my opinion, is the most important one....everyone need proper representation.... a buyer's agent is a necessity before one begins a search for a home...

Apr 23, 2018 07:00 AM #1
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Sonja Patterson
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Excellent post Gita!  Bucks County buyers should call you to represent them in their next purchase!

Apr 23, 2018 07:23 AM #2
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Gita Bantwal, whether be a re-sale or a new construction, all buyers should have representation.  

Apr 23, 2018 05:27 PM #3
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gita great advice, buying or selling without a Realtor is like doing surgery on your own body holding your smart phone and asking Google for the next step...Endre

Apr 23, 2018 09:34 PM #4
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Barbara, I hope buyers will read this. Thank you.

Apr 24, 2018 03:39 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Sonja, thank you.

Apr 24, 2018 03:39 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Beth, I agree.

Apr 24, 2018 03:39 AM #7
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Endre, I hope they will read this.

Apr 24, 2018 03:39 AM #8
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for sharing these excellent tips for buyers, Gita.  They will find this information very useful.

Apr 24, 2018 04:29 AM #9
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Gabe, thank you.

Apr 24, 2018 04:36 AM #10
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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This is very good advice to share with prospective home buyers.

Apr 24, 2018 08:24 AM #11
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Gita- this is something that many buyers don't think about doing. It is so important to have representation!

Apr 24, 2018 12:51 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Roy, thank you 

Apr 25, 2018 04:23 AM #13
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Kathy, I hope they will read this.

Apr 25, 2018 04:24 AM #14
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gita, great post, and when buyers have their own buyer's agent, they have someone in their corner.

Apr 25, 2018 05:16 AM #15
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Joan, I hope they will read this post.

Apr 25, 2018 08:02 AM #16
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Interesting Facts, Your blog post should attract more readers to Phili. Keep writing and Good Luck!

Apr 26, 2018 06:11 PM #18
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thomas, thank you 

Apr 27, 2018 03:50 AM #19
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