The Right House Starts With the Right Realtor
Article submitted by Angie Weeks
can be mind-boggling - all those houses out there for
sale. Each distinguished by price, size, color, community,
and about a thousand and one other defining characteristics.
Adding to mix, financing options are nearly as plentiful.
Because of this rich assortment of variables, buyers
intent on locating the right house typically find themselves
immersed in a challenging, time-consuming process. Thus,
shoppers must take great care when sifting through the
sea of possibilities in order to pinpoint a residence
that's right for them.
intent on making the home-shopping experience as smooth
as possible should lavish equal care on another major
component of the process - the Realtor. The key is choosing
one who is compatible with both your goals and your
personality. Believe it or not, not all Realtors are
the same. Variety is the rule. Finding one with whom
you mesh can mean the difference between smooth sailing
and stormy seas. In general, there are five points to
consider when choosing the person guiding you through
what will likely be the most important purchase of your
Steps to Better House Hunting
1. Obviously, you'll want the chosen one to demonstrate
plenty of market smarts.
Realtor is your guide through a forest of marketplace
possibilities. Sometime the terrain can be tricky. Your
best bet is somebody who knows the territory, backwards,
forwards, and in the dark.
As with all human relationships, you should feel at
ease with the person you're entrusting with your future.
the comfort vibe from your Realtor is an important step
in building the kind of trust needed for success. Remember,
your friendly Realtor is supposed to be removing bumps
from the road, not adding to them. Go with one who keeps
you well within your comfort zone.
Make sure your modes of communication are compatible.
Do you want a techie? A phone talker? Someone who tweets
or chats it up on Skype? Provides digital contracts?
Remember, it's all about what YOU want in an agent.
Be certain yours is on the same communications wavelength.
4. Naturally, the more confidence you have in your
Realtor, the better.
So be certain a Realtor's license is displayed on his
or her website. It's your assurance of the highest level
Make sure the person you've chosen is a Realtor, and
not just an agent.
What's the difference? In order to qualify as a Realtor,
an agent must be a member of the National Association
of Realtors (NAR). That puts Realtors one gigantic step
above ordinary agents. Among other things, membership
in NAR carries with it a whole set of ethical guidelines
as presented in the organization's Code of Ethics and
Standards of Practices.
five steps aren't magic. But they will boost your chances
of connecting with the right Realtor - and ultimately
the right home. So keep them in mind when you're ready
choose your guide through the marketplace. It'll be
the start of much happier house hunting.
written by Tony Marino
Submitted by Angie Weeks
First Time Buyer Specialist