Buyers, are you ready to buy? Tips to make everyone's life easier!

Real Estate Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS in CT

Hello buyers and fellow realtors! I have been working with many first time home buyers recently and decided to write this blog to give all of the buyers out there some tips! This will make our journey together easier (or anyone else you work with).
1. Try to narrow down the area you would like to live in. Drive around, check out schools, use mapquest to see how far that area is from your job.
2. Contact a mortgage broker and get your pre-approval. Sellers these days won't work with people who do not have a pre-approval/pre-qualification letter. Even Realtors won't work with people who have not done this.
3. Bring a camera, pen and paper along with you when you go out with your agent to view properties. This will help you remember what you have seen, what you liked and disliked about the property. Trust me, after 5 or 6 houses, you will start asking "number 46--was that the house with the pond? or the hot tub?"
4. There is no 100% house. You will have to compromise. You might have to give up the large kitchen for a smaller kitchen with a formal dining room, etc.
5. When you are ready to make an offer, your agent will be there to guide you. Get ready for a roller coaster ride. Most times, even in a buyers market there will be counter offers.
6. Don't stress! That is your agent's job.
7. Closing Day! Bring your checkbook and a pen. You will probably feel like you are getting carpal tunnel from signing so many papers! Everything will be alright! Don't worry!
8. Contact me if you need real estate assistance anywhere in the U.S. I work with buyers, sellers and renters!
Ann Grant, Realtor, SRES
Keller Williams Realty NY & CT

Comments (2)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ann a lot of valuable advice here.  Welcome to ActiveRain, and I hope to read more of your blogs in the future.

Sep 20, 2008 01:47 PM
Ann Grant
KELLER WILLIAMS in CT - East Hampton, CT

Thanks George! :)

Sep 21, 2008 02:29 AM