So . . . you’re buying a home. Maybe it’s your first, or your second, or maybe even a vacation house or an income property to rent out. Obviously, there’s no way to sum up what a Homebuyer needs to know in one blog post – or even a dozen! But there is one thing that we can tell you, something that should be one of the firsts on your ‘to do’ list after deciding to make a purchase, and it’s something that even many experienced homebuyers seem to not know.
Choose your agent wisely!
You don’t have to use the listing agent of the property you want to see, or even someone from the listing brokerage. You are free to use any agent licensed in the area in which you are looking. One agent can show you all the homes you are interested in. Take advantage of this!
Your home buying experience should be about you, not about the home an agent wants to show you or thinks you should buy. Having a good relationship with the agent of your choice can have a HUGE impact on the experience you have. A good agent will find out your wants, but more importantly, your needs. They’ll know the right questions to ask you about your finances, and will be able to inform you about your options when it comes to different financing programs and lenders. A good agent will work for you and with you – not against you.
If you’ve decided to buy a house, take a look at the agents that work for the different brokerages in the area. It’s okay to meet and interview them before you step foot through a single door. Find someone who is knowledgeable and with whom you have a good rapport. Sometimes, it can take a while before you find the place that’s right for you. A good agent knows this and will have the patience to see you through the process until your happy ending is in hand.
(Even smaller areas usually have plenty of agents to choose from. In North Conway and the surrounding Mt. Washington Valley, there are over 100 to choose from!)