Buying

Buying a new home can be a lengthy and difficult process. Being knowledgeable and having the right help can go a long way towards putting you in the right home as quickly and easily as possible. Here are a few things to keep in mind when entering the market.

Neighborhood Expertise

You want to know as much about an area as you can before moving into it. Community amenities, utilities, zoning and schools are just a few things to consider when deciding which part of town you want to live in. Sometimes figuring out and processing all this information can be overwhelming. Having a knowledgeable agent can ease the process by giving you the information you need and helping you decide which area of town is right for you.

Contract Knowledge

There’s a great deal of paperwork involved in the home buying process. Some of it can be a bit confusing, and the mass amounts of it alone can seem daunting. An experienced agent who has dealt with the legal and financial aspects of contracts numerous times can be a real asset. They can explain the documents to you and keep you from blindly signing some contracts that you may not truly understand.

Negotiation

Much of buying a home is about price. Everyone has a certain price range in mind when they enter the market and it is important to find the best possible home within that price range. A quality agent understands just how important staying in your price range is. Their negotiation experience can be crucial to you staying in your price range. They will work on your behalf to not only get your desired price, but also the best possible terms, repairs and possession date.

Mortgage/loan knowledge

There are many different financing options when buying a home. Depending on your financial status and where you are in life will make a big difference in what you should do. A knowledgeable agent will be able to sit down with you and help you decide which financing options are right for you. They will let you know which options are available to you, help you understand them and identify qualified lenders.

Inspection and repair knowledge

Before buying a home, you want to make sure it is properly inspected and that all necessary repairs are made. The right agent will be able to assist you in finding qualified professionals to inspect a property before purchase. Based on the inspection, your agent will then be able to negotiate with the seller on your behalf and make sure necessary repairs are made prior to purchase.