Although most people start their home buying searching online resources ( Realtor.com, Zillow or Trulia) the best first step is to hire a Realtor to represent you.
Why do you need a realtor?
Searching online at Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, etc. on your own takes a LOT of time. A Realtor can set you up for automatic search via the MLS (Multiple Listing System) saving you valuable time. This means that each day (or how often you want to receive the search results) you’ll be emailed a list of all new properties matching your criteria or price reductions which now put a property in your budget. In a fast market ( like ours) properties can sell in a matter of days. Having the Realtor advantage can get you in that perfect property when others might miss out.
So, how do you find and pick a Realtor? Well, hopefully you’ll contact me at 615-418-0563 or firstname.lastname@example.org so we can meet in person and see if we would be a good fit together. Remember, not all Realtors are right for all people. You need to find someone who is not only great at his or her job, but someone you like, as you’re going to be spending a lot of time with that person. So get together and have coffee and chat. See if your personalities click. If so, you need to determine if that person has the experience, customer service and understanding of the market that you’re looking for. Start out by noticing how quickly the Realtor responds to your initial phone call or email. If the Realtor doesn’t get back to you within a maximum of 24 hours, that’s a bad sign. This business moves fast and deals can be lost if your Realtor doesn’t respond quickly on your behalf during negotiations.
Next, interview the Realtor by asking them very specific questions about the way they work, their experience, etc.
Finally, expect to sign a buyer representation agreement. Legally before you disclose confidential information to your Realtor, you should have a signed buyer representation agreement. That helps to insure that your Realtor will keep private information confidential.
If you have any questions, please let me know.