Buying a house is really big decision. Obviously. But not just about deciding where to live. And not just about spending lots of money. And not just in finding the right house for your needs. But also in making sure you cover all the little details that are involved. For most first time home buyers, you would never even think about most of these details. And even if you have bought a house before, they can easily be overlooked in all the excitement and emotion that comes with the home buying process.
That’s why it is a really good idea to get a realtor to help you out.
Even if you are a financial whiz. Even if you like doing everything yourself. And even if you want to save yourself some money. And if you have don’t have any clue about buying a home – then even more reason to get professional help. There is no substitute for having an extra set of eyes and ears to help you.
Sure, you can buy a house on your own. At the beginning it all seems so easy. But as you get further into the process, you really want to make sure you don’t miss anything when the process starts getting a little more detailed and a little more stressful.
But before you run out and sign up with a realtor, you need to do a little “homework”. Just like hiring any professional, it’s a good idea to learn a little bit about them and make sure they are a good match for your needs. So here are 3 important questions to ask when hiring a realtor to help you buy a house:
1) Do you specialize in working with home buyers?
A realtor can represent either the buyer or the seller. In some cases they can represent both at the same time. But most realtors prefer representing sellers since they usually make more money. So while all realtors CAN represent buyers, and most of them WILL, they don’t always give you their full attention. So make sure they are happy working with you as a buyer.
2) What makes you worthwhile to work with?
All realtors have to have the same credentials. But not all of them will be a good fit for your needs. So make sure to tell the realtor exactly what you are looking for, and find out what they can do to make your home search go smoothly. Maybe they know a lot about the neighborhood or town you are moving into. Or maybe they help you come up with a “wish list” for the house you want to buy. The more service you can get from your realtor the better.
3) Do you do this full time, and how long have you been doing it?
If a realtor is only available on certain days of the week, then that might mean they won’t be available when you need them. And if they’ve been in business for a long time, they might be busy and less likely to help a home buyer. So don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t be afraid to ask for references.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking every realtor is exactly the same. They’re human, so they have their strengths, and they have their weaknesses. The key is to take your time when finding a realtor so you end up with one who will do everything they can to help you find your dream home, and to do it as easily as possible!