Buying a home can be the best investment you ever make, but it can be an emotional roller coaster if you don't approach it with a plan in place! Today's buyers can easily access properties online and often times these buyers wait until a property they like hits the market to call a Realtor to show it to them.
Why waiting to call a RealtorⓇ is not a good idea:
- It can cause you more stress and cost you more money if you don't have a solid plan in place. Buying a home can be stressful and it is important to set yourself up properly from the very beginning to decrease the amount of stress involved. Failing to get a game plan together can cost you added stress as well as thousands of dollars. If you aren't set up to beat the competition you will miss out on house after house to other buyers. Completing a buyer consultation with a RealtorⓇ will help you set up a smart, personalized plan to buying a home that can eliminate the most common homebuyer pitfalls.
- You may struggle to find an available agent, or worse, end up with someone you don't like. Great buyer's agents have systems and schedules in place and are often not available at the last minute for non-established clients. In other words, if you haven't had a consultation with the agent, then they may not be able to help you at the last minute. If you are serious about buying a home then it is important to start building a relationship with a RealtorⓇ now. Find someone that you have a good rapport with. Even if you are months away from buying, or aren't 100% sure you want to buy a new place, it's important to find an advocate that can guide you through the process.
- A lot of people struggle with making big decisions without letting emotions getting in the way. A RealtorⓇ spends time listening to your goals and what you want to accomplish and then uses that information to help you find the best property for you. This can save you a lot of time, money and heartache. When you start to sway off course from your original goals, your agent will help you stay focused on what you are trying to achieve. Your agent can also help you adjust your plan when needed since some buyers start to change their wants and needs after physically viewing some homes.
- Your RealtorⓇ may have access to properties that will be hitting the market soon. Most RealtorsⓇ have a network of agents that they work with that notify them of Coming Soon properties. In addition, they also have clients that are considering selling their home or they may be in the process of getting their home ready for the market. You may just find your new home before it hits the MLS.
When should you contact a RealtorⓇ? Ideally, once you are about 4 to 6 months out from your target closing date (when you want to be in your new home), then it's time to meet with your agent, more clearly define what you are looking for, and begin the process. If you are more than 6 months out, it's still not a bad idea to have a conversation with a local RealtorⓇ to discuss your big purchase and how this Realtor can help you.
I'd be honored to have a conversation about being that RealtorⓇ for you! I am an Accredited Buyer's Representative with advance education and training, as well as experience. I also have systems in place that help make the home buying process easier for my clients. Let me help you experience success!! I look forward to connecting with you!