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Knowing is Only Half the Battle Your Realtor is Your Biggest Ally

Just what is it you require in the home, three bedrooms, one bath or five bedrooms and five bathrooms?

Are you planning any additions to the family or will any of the children be completing high school and moving on to postsecondary? Do you want a separate dining room, space for a home office or do you need a games room for play and hobbies. How many cars do you have? Is a garage a necessity? What kind of layout suits your family and if you don’t know, consider what appeals most whenever you have considered what life would be like in your new home. Would you prefer to gather the family in the kitchen or have an open concept that allows for entertainment and cooking to go hand in hand. There are many things to consider when selecting a design for living and you will know what gives you the most comfort.

Once you have all these particulars set out, you will need to work efficiently and effectively so take advantage of the professionals available to assist you. Financial specialist, your realtor, a home inspector and a lawyer have most of the resources you will need and can direct you to any they do not. Renovations may be a consideration at this time, the right house but not quite the right kitchen. Basement not yet developed, or remodeling needed to bring your dream house up to date. Consider what changes can be made and what you are and are not willing to consider and can afford.

Being pre-approved by meeting with a mortgage specialist is the first step you need to ascertain what you can afford based on your personal income and financial situation. Knowing this before you get started in your quest is highly advantageous. Your realtor will know you are serious in your search for a home, you save everyone’s time and energy by being able to be specific, it narrows the focus and allows you to be fully competent in making your selections for viewing.

Choosing a REALTOR®

When choosing a REALTOR®, look at their history, and ask for recommendations. You want to know their qualifications and if they work full-time in the industry. There are many part-time REALTOR®`s and you are best to work one who is full-time. What is their experience, how long have they worked in the industry? How well do they know the area and are they well organized, enthusiastic and accessible? Will they return your calls promptly and supply you with up to date information on sales in the location you have chosen. It’s important to know the sale trends in the area, and have access to everything available so you are able to make the best choice for your family. You are encouraged to look online using the Multiple Listing Service or MLS where you will likely find houses of interest to you. Discuss them with your agent and ask to see the house. Your agent should set you up to receive new listings online but remember, it takes time to do the administration and it is your REALTOR® who will know what is coming available.


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