It has been said and I agree that despite advertising claims to the contrary, the internet is not a substitute for an experienced Real Estate Professional. It cannot consult, counsel, advise, have knowledge of local laws and market conditions, make judgments, or most importantly, understand your individual goals, needs and care about you as a Client. You need an accurate interpretation of any information you are receiving online. This is where a Professional Real Estate Consultant, a Realtor® can make a positive difference in your Real Estate transaction.
Please understand that I am grateful for the internet. Just check out my Burrows Properties website and you will see that I truly believe in the internet and that it has its rightful place in Real Estate! You must remember though, buying a home is a very complicated and in-depth process. There are numerous people and businesses involved from start to finish. For example, you will be viewing and sorting through many available properties while finally having to finally choose just one. You will have the responsibility of choosing the right mortgage company and loan officer, someone who is trustworthy. In mortgage, you need someone who will consider your wellbeing as being more important than theirs. You will probably build into your offer a contingency for a home inspection and that means finding a qualified, trusted individual/company to perform this inspection. You will need an inspector that is up to date with radon and mold. If the home you choose is in a community where there are Condo or Association documents, you will need professional guidance. A failure on your part to acquire guidance could mean an unpleasant surprise or two once you've moved into the community. Of course at this point, you've bought the house and you will live with what you don't feel is fair or proper.
By now you can see, there are many, many steps involved for even the most self-sufficient person when choosing the right property to purchase. With proper use of the powerful tool we call the internet and a seasoned Real Estate Professional on your side you are much more assured of having a successful Real Estate transaction.
Again, the internet is a great tool but should never be the only tool utilized in a Real Estate transaction. You really do need both, the internet and an experienced Realtor®.
David L. Burrows, Realtor®
Envirian of Warrenton
Warrenton, Virginia 20186
Phone: 703.391.9200 x9119
A Burrows' Thought worth considering: Buying a house involves commitment to the task before you. My definition of commitment is translated inconvenience. Expect the unexpected after you have a contract. Something always develops that you didn't expect to happen. When it does, remain calm and absolutely resolved to see everything through to the end. By the way, this is when you lean on your Realtor.
Interested in Some Great Reading on selling your home? Take a look at these articles on my website: Selling Your Home: Where do you begin?
Seller Guidance: I would encourage you to employ a Realtor®® to help you sell your home. When your agent or another agent is showing your house, go away and let them do your work for you. I also urge you to utilize my FREE SELLERS TOOLKIT before selling your house.
Buyer Guidance: I would encourage you to really check out anything and everything you are told by a well meaning seller. Employ the services of a Buyer's Agent to help you discern what you read and listen to about the area you are thinking of calling home. I would also urge you to get my FREE BUYERS TOOLKIT before heading out on the journey to find your new house.
Try this powerful link to help you find your next home: Fairfax Homes For Sale
The search engine on my site will allow you to find a house by Mapping, County, Subdivision, Zip Code, Address or City. I encourage you to try the Fairfax MLS and in fact, search the entire Northern VA Real Estate area.
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