Kombrink Real Estate Group: Could You Be Making Some Costly Mistakes In The Search For Your New Home?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance

We live in the internet age and it is easier than ever before to locate your next home on-line.  Sometimes, this can cause us to think that we don't need the help of an agent.  But, this line of thinking could cost you time and money.

What is it that a real estate agent does and why do you need one when you begin the search for your new home?

Some people think that an agent just searches for houses and then lets you in to see them, however a great agent does sooooo much more.

Were you aware that your agent actually represents your best interest during the home buying or selling process?  A great agent will spend time with you prior to your home search to find out exactly what your needs are.  A great agent will ask about your financial situation and develop a strategy to make sure you get the home you want in the price range that you need.  Most agents are backed by a group of other experts that help you navigate through title work, financing and closings...not to mention offers and counter-offers.  Your agent may spend a couple of hours driving you to different homes, helping you see the value of each property, but the work is not done when he/she drops you off afterwards.

How will you know if the seller is asking too much or too little for the property?

Did you know that market values can vary widely from neighborhood to neighborhood?

How will you know what type of home loan fits for your current financial situation and for the types of properties that you are interested in?

It can be costly when you decide not to choose an agent to represent your interests in buying a home.  There are many steps in the process and a good agent will be an invaluable tool for helping you save both money and time, as well as avoid pitfalls when purchasing your new home.

If you have been searching the internet alone for your next home, please consider giving your local real estate agent a call.  Make your home buying experience as easy and uncomplicated as possible.  Call your local agent and schedule an appointment today!

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Karl Peidl
Moorestown, NJ
Accredited Loan Consultant

Laura - I really like this post.  You make some great points.  Having provided a mortgage several times for those who did not have an agent, I think you could add that having an agent will make you live longer.  Not using an agent makes the process much more time consuming and much more stressful to everyone else involved in the process.

Jan 07, 2009 08:03 AM #1
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Laura Kombrink
RE/MAX Alliance - Collinsville, IL

Karl-I'll leave it to you to add that in.  By the way....I've implemented a FSBO program with 3 lenders in my area and to date I've gotten 2 listings with 4 more coming in the next 2 weeks....not to mention the countless leads my preferred lender has gotten....Rock and Roll Baby!!!!!

Jan 07, 2009 12:59 PM #2
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Karl Peidl
Moorestown, NJ
Accredited Loan Consultant

That's great.  Are you using a call-capture system?

Jan 15, 2009 12:57 AM #3
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Laura Kombrink
RE/MAX Alliance - Collinsville, IL

I am!  I also use it in conjuction with my preferred lenders.  They love it!!!!!  One of my lenders got a mortgage lead while on vacation because the system never sleeps.  She's very pleased.

Jan 15, 2009 01:00 AM #4
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Karl Peidl
Moorestown, NJ
Accredited Loan Consultant

That's great.  I have not used one myself, but have considered it.  It can be a great tool when it is done right.  I look forward to reading about your continued successes.

Jan 23, 2009 07:17 AM #5
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Laura Kombrink
RE/MAX Alliance - Collinsville, IL

Karl,
Your going to give me a big head.

Jan 23, 2009 10:03 AM #6
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Karl Peidl
Moorestown, NJ
Accredited Loan Consultant

As long as you are confident not cocky, that's a good thing.

Jan 27, 2009 11:42 PM #7
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Laura Kombrink
RE/MAX Alliance - Collinsville, IL

karl - I like confident people!!!  They are the best people to hang out with.  You don't feel like you're walking on egg shells around them.  :)

Jan 27, 2009 11:50 PM #8
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Karl Peidl
Moorestown, NJ
Accredited Loan Consultant

They are also the ones that often will open the door to opportunity.

Jan 30, 2009 06:13 AM #9
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Laura Kombrink
RE/MAX Alliance - Collinsville, IL

Absolutely, plus I have found that insecure people are the most dangerous.  They do a lot of things to undermine you to make themselves seem better.  They can be some of the meanest people you will ever meet.

Jan 30, 2009 06:16 AM #10
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