Most people begin their home buying search on the internet by visiting Realtor.com and Zillow. Today’s technology tools have given us the world at our fingertips, but step 1 to buying a home should be to hire a Realtor to represent you.
Searching the web on your own takes a LOT of time. A Realtor can set you up for an automatic search in MLS – Multiple Listing Service. When a property matching your criteria is listed, you will be emailed the listing, saving you A LOT of time. The MLS is in real time, which is to your advantage when properties sell quickly.
How do you find a Realtor?
Hopefully you will call me at 830.305.5248 or email me at email@example.com so we can meet and see if we would be a good fit together. You need someone who is great at his or her job, but you also need someone you like, because you will be spending a lot of time together. Determine if that person has the customer service, experience and understanding of the market. Does the Realtor quickly respond to your initial phone call or email? This business moves quickly and deals can be lost if your Realtor doesn’t respond quickly on your behalf.
Interview the Realtor
Ask very specific questions: Are you a full time Realtor? What areas do you primarily work? How do you handle negotiations? Do you attend inspection and walk-thru?
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 feel free to contact me at 830.305.5248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.