Collaborative Post¦ If you’re finally on the market for a home, you have your loan approved, and you’re ready to go: there’s just one thing left on your to-do list. Find someone who can help you make the perfect choice for yourself. Real estate agents are pros who can walk you through all of the steps to buy a house and keep you informed and educated while helping you lower the price of the home you’re buying.
Here are the top questions you should ask to help you make a great decision.
Although money can be awkward to talk about: the difference between a 3% commission and a 6% commission can be thirty thousand dollars on a million-dollar home. Although your agent deserves to get paid what they’re worth: you have to be cautious about signing onto anything without knowing what you’re getting into. Ask their commission rates, don’t react if it’s far too high, and move on to the next question. It would help if you weren’t too skittish about money here; a house is a huge financial deal.
Does your agent talk over you, assuming they know: or do they listen to what you need? Needs are things that would leave your house never feeling like a home without them. These can be silly at times, but be honest about what makes a home feel like a home to you. If that means a sizeable eastern-facing window in the kitchen: then tell them! It’s okay, to be honest.
Does your agent or realtor understand the difference between a need and a want? A want is something you would prefer, but you could live on just fine without. This might be certain types of molding, or that you want a nice deck already there instead of you having to build one. Does your agent understand that these are still important to you, but you could do without them? If not, make it clear!
This is vital since someone from out of town might not pick up on the critical day-to-day changes of your area. Although you can find a realtor who drive-in, a local will be able to talk you through the flood lines, give you information on where the property ends, and can tell you a little more about the area just off the top of their head. You want a professional.
Although everyone thinks they have the skills to close a great deal: most of us don’t. We end up overspending if it comes down to it or pays at sticker price instead of bartering. You deserve better! While they’re talking to you, do they seem like they understand what you’re looking for, and do they seem confident about their abilities to offer that? Keep an eye on their confidence, on how persuasive they are, and how comfortable you feel with them. This skill can be used to your advantage in the process of buying.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
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