Looking for a house. We have to make a move. When can we come? It's still a buyers market, right?
After viewing the local MLS and the Century 21 web site, call and make an appointment to view some property. Call Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday for weekend viewings. Combine similar prices ranges and styles of homes. Give the seller time to get the house ready, Flowers, candles, music, garbage, the pets.
Group what your ideal home would be. A $169,000 starter home, a $285,000 ranch, a foreclosure, and a $475 Victorian is not what you should call to make appointments for. Ask to see ranches in a particular school district between $200,000 and $300,000. Make your life easy. To see so many homes all over the board is exhausting for everybody.
Bring along your camera, a bottle of water and a fiber grain bar. Listen to your agent. Focus on house hunting, not the grocery list, your presentation at work, or the Macy's one day sale. Ask good questions about school, bus routes, child care, the quickest way to work, a new insurance agent etc. Talk to your agent. Let them know what you like about some of the houses and what you didn't like about others. If you like a house, put it on a list to see again in a different light.
After spending the day with your agent thank them for their time. Make sure you have their business card with phone and cell number and e-mail address. Let them know what your thinking about purchasing:
1.You have decided not to buy at this time, but keep us informed about availability
2. We are going to look in another area.
3. We can not commit at this time.
4. We need to look for something bigger, smaller, newer, older, or with more land.
Please don't leave your agent hanging!!!!!!