I am here to make the buying process as rewarding and painless as possible. Certain questions crop up repeatedly, so browse through these first, then click on the Buying Procedures link for my best advice on buying your next home!
Buying a home can be both exciting and stressful. Whether you are just starting to look or are itching to buy, I can help. Once I have established your "wish list", I will advise you on all listings that fall within your parameters, direct you toward the ones that are the "best buys", and provide you updates on all interesting new listings. I will do all the work so that you can enjoy the experience.
Buyers often think they should call several agents and tell them what they want, thinking that will increase their chance of finding just the right property. In fact, this approach usually fails. If I know that a buyer is prepared to work with me exclusively, I will commit the time to find that ideal property. I have access to all active listings, whether with my company or any other real estate company, so you don't need to worry about missing anything. You will have every listing at your fingertips. If you see a sign or an ad and want to know more, you can call me and I will provide all the details. I will cull through the listings to pick out the ones best suited to your requirements and the best buys in the current market.
Only after you have seen enough properties to have a clear sense of market values and to know that you are not missing anything. If you have bought and sold before, the process will be easier and faster. If not, it may take more time. For most people, their home is their biggest investment, so it is a very important decision. If you think you are not ready, you probably aren't - it's as simple as that.
Typically, a home seller employs an agent, called the Seller's Agent, and a buyer employs a Buyer's Agent. As your Buyer's Agent, I represent only you, and not the seller. I will advise you of Fair Market Value, negotiate the best possible purchase price, protect your confidentiality, inform you of any possible problems - in short, I represent your best interests.
The Buyer typically pays no fee, unless by specific agreement. The seller pays a fee when the sale completes, which is divided between the Seller's Agent and the Buyer's Agent.
When you get to know me and feel confident that I will do a good job for you, I ask you to make a commitment to deal with me exclusively, which means not calling other agents. If you have any real estate questions, I want you to call me any time and not to think you are a bother. I am always available and happy to provide information. I often get calls on my listings from buyers who say they have an agent but don't want to bother their agent. Please feel free to bother me any time!
If you happen by a weekend open house and would like to check it out, but have a vague sense of discomfort going in, here is the official rule: when you walk in, say hello to the agent holding the open house, and say "We are working with an agent". The agent at the open house will appreciate that, will understand that you have representation and that you are not a potential prospect, and you can browse through the open house with no worries.
Is there a "right way" to get started?
Definitely! You can save yourself grief and frustration by not putting the cart before the horse. Don't offer on a place before doing your market research, and don't do the research before you know what you can afford.