The first and most important step in the home buying process is to meet with a professional lender to get prequalified for a mortgage. Knowing what you can afford is critical to making informed decisions.
What is motivating you to buy? What property features (location, size, amenities, condition) do you want? What is your time frame? Whatever your answers, the more you know about the real estate marketplace, the more likely you are to effectively define and achieve your real estate goals. Once you get an idea of what you want in a home, it is very helpful and practical to talk to an experienced REALTOR® who knows the local markets, current market conditions and the many facets of the complex business of real estate. An agent can answer your questions, give you a realistic picture of the market and help you clarify your real estate goals.
Utilize the vast knowledge and resources of an experienced, licensed REALTOR®. A buyer’s agent will help you with valuation, negotiation, understanding the contract, financing, inspections, and closing. Your agent manages all parts of the buying process and in most transactions, the seller pays your agent to exclusively represent you. New construction? It’s in your best interest to be represented by a buyer’s agent. The builder’s agent represents the builder only! Your buyer’s agent will help you navigate the building process and assist you in making informed decisions.