Home Buying Tips – Time, Grief & Money
Back after a wonderful mini-vacation in gorgeous Gatlinburg Tennessee, I got hit with a barrage of requests from buyers, current clients and other Realtors, and as busy as I get, it’s all about saving time and grief.
I thought I’d share a few things to help save both buyers and Realtors some precious time and avoid common frustrations.
Finding Accurate Listings & Showing Requests
My business partner Marty Snyder and I not only juggle a lot of clients, but we also mentor many newer Realtors to help them grow their business, and also help ensure that their clients are being well served. One of the most time consuming endeavors is showing homes.
If you didn’t know already, you work with one Realtor at a time, and if you’re not satisfied with their service, fire them and choose another. Be prepared and think ahead when it comes to scheduling showings. Since sellers pay all the commissions, and promised the seller to achieve the best price possible, it’s wise to work with a professional buyer’s agent.
A professional buyer’s agent can set up a listing search for you through their local MLS membership, and send you just active listings matching your area, price and list of features you need. Our site works the same way, if you didn’t know. If you “Opt-In” to searches when registering or when saving a search, when a new listing matching what you’re looking for hits the market, you get notified the same day via email, and easy to request more information or a showing.
For the best use of your time, block out a morning or afternoon, call your Realtor well ahead of time to let them know which homes you want to see personally. Most of the time getting a showing scheduled is relatively easy, but some sellers have restrictions on days and hours when they allow viewings.
Pre-approved buyers go to the front of the line. Realtors work very hard, there’s much more involved than merely seeing homes and making an offer in the home buying process and why many of the top, experienced Realtors that can save you substantial dollars are reluctant to show buyers anything unless they are pre-approved. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Professional Realty works with top national and local lenders that can provide the services and loan products for any situation, and our Home Loan Services are pleased to refer to these trusted experts based on your unique needs.
Get pre-approved before seeing homes: Knowing what you can afford is key to your success, you may have something on your credit report you’re unaware of that can hold you back.
Shop for homes on reliable sites: Your best bet for browsing homes is on a local, reputable real estate brokerage site like ours. There are many good real estate brokerages local to you with quality sites and powered by the local MLS or Multiple Listing Service; the most accurate data bases for listings. E-commerce sites like Zillow can be very disappointing with the number of homes that aren’t actually for sale, not to mention their “Zestimates” are way off. You’ll miss out on homes that match your budget. Here’s some food for thought: