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When you decide that you want to buy a home, rental, or other investment real estate, the first decision you'll make is choosing an agent. Don't just choose the first person who answers the phone, or the one who works for the big, well advertised franchise agency, or the one your mother goes to church with. You surely wouldn't choose a mate that way. No matter how big the company, you'll only get the services of ONE person, so choose wisely. In fact, your chances of finding a really sharp agent at a large, well known brokerage may actually be worse. That's right. Typically new agents are only able to get a start in a big company. They're not yet prepared to survive without constant supervision. They'll need to gain some experience, before they can opt for their office of choice. The fact is that you'll find a few good agents in most realty companies, regardless of size, name, or fame. Meet several, on your own turf, and spend some time interviewing each one, just like you would when hiring any potential employee. Let them know they don't automatically get the job, just because they saw you first, or because they "dress for success."
Your agent is going to have some considerable influence on the success of your purchase, so choose one who has experience; who knows the job, the laws, the market, the mortgage lenders, the builders, the area, the city, the county, the neighborhoods, and maybe even the neighbors. Choose someone who has some knowledge of the building trades, the building codes, what it costs to replace all the windows, or the roof, or remodel the kitchen, or new carpet, vinyl, tile, or simply what it takes to fix a leaky faucet.
Choose an agent that understands the entire process of buying. Your agent will interact with everyone involved with your purchase, including your mortgage lender, your escrow agent, your home inspector, and anybody involved with repairs or improvements to the property you buy. Any lack of skill and understanding in any one of these areas can have disasterous results for YOU.
Choose an agent that cares about what YOU want. Choose an agent that you can TRUST! You have innumerable decisions and choices to make, so pick an agent that understands what you want and whose goal is for YOU to ultimately be happy with your choices. Many agents and brokers seem to forget that they WILL get a paycheck when the sale closes, so all they need to do is learn about you, learn from you, answer your questions, give answers to the questions you haven't asked, but will or should ask. An agent isn't selling you anything! You are buying. Your agent is your facilitator. The agent's actual job is to find it, and you can't find it, if you don't know what it is. You and your agent must communicate and understand each other. Your agent must help you find all the things you don't know to look for, as well as help you watch out for potential problems to avoid. In other words, your agent must care about you!
Finally, choose an agent that is a good fit for you. Your agent will spend a lot of time with you and your family, so get one that feels comfortable.
Of course, the best agent for you might be found anywhere. At a big company, or a small company; driving the nicest car, or the most common; impecably dressed, or alarmingly informal; really outgoing, or charismatic, or quiet, or even shy; the first one you meet, or the last one, none of these things really makes the right agent. Just find a good fit for you and your family, one you can TRUST; who cares about finding what YOU want, and someone who has enough experience to understand the entire process, from beginning to end!
Now that you've chosen your agent, it's time to start looking for that "just right" home, ready to build lot, acreage, or other property.
Only you know what looks good to you. Only you can decide how you feel about the atmosphere of a particular house or neighborhood, but we can help you with our knowledge of growth trends, neighborhood popularity, and other factors that will aid you in making the choices that you'll ultimately be happy with.
Are you looking for a home in a neighborhood that's already established; where you can see what you’re getting; where you can even meet the neighbors?
Would you prefer a new development and a freshly built, new house?
How about having a home custom built to your special desires and needs?
Maybe you’re even considering development land, residential acreage, or a vacant lot for a future home that's not quite yet materialized in your thinking.
If you are looking for a rental house, or other investment property, having an agent who is also your property manager will be a huge advantage for you. Who better to help you make the right investment choices than the one whose job it will be to manage that property for you?
These are but a few of the questions you may want some help answering. There are a lot more questions that still need addressing.
There are a lot of choices.
We want to help you make the best ones.
We want you to find the property that’s perfect for you. You’ll ask questions. We’ll ask questions. You’ll tell us what we nned to know, we'll inform you about all that you'll need to know. It’s team work. We’ll show you as many options as you need. We might show you more options than you want. That’s good too. When you find the combinations that fit you perfectly, then we’ve done our job.
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