Choosing the Right Realtor

home photoWhether you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, choosing the right realtor can make a huge difference. Although you don’t technically have to have a realtor to do either one of these things, it can be very beneficial to have the help of someone who is trained and educated in all the ins and outs of the buying and selling processes. With the tips listed below, you should have no trouble finding the perfect realtor for whichever stage of the home owning process you may be experiencing now.

Ask around:  If you know people in your area who have recently bought or sold a home, talk to them about the realtors they’ve worked with. Chances are good you’ll be able to get a solid referral from a friend or family member. On the other hand, if you’re new to the area or looking to move to a place where you don’t know anyone, check out reviews online. You can find a variety of different sites that offer reviews and “grades” for realtors in your area.

Understand the difference between a realtor and a real estate agent:  Just because someone is a real estate agent doesn’t necessarily mean that person is a realtor. A realtor is someone who is a member of the National Association of Realtors. This means that that person must stick to the rules and guidelines set out by this organization. It also means that the realtor you’re working with is likely to be ethical, fair, and willing to help you every step of the way.

Ask about your realtor’s price range:  Some realtors are better at finding homes in certain price ranges than others. If you’re looking for a home in the $200,000 price range, for example, you probably don’t want to work with a realtor who usually only shows million-dollar homes. That realtor simply isn’t going to have the expertise in the budget you’re looking for. The same is true, too, however; if you’re wanting to buy an expensive home, it’s a good idea to go with a realtor who has some experience selling homes with a higher price tag.

Don’t settle on the first realtor you meet:  You may not connect with the first realtor you talk to, and that’s okay. You might not like how pushy that particular realtor is, or you may just feel like he or she isn’t focused on the kind of must-haves you’re looking for in your home. For whatever reason, if your first realtor leaves you wanting a little more, don’t be afraid to try out some others and talk to several before you settle on someone to work with. You’ll be able to find the perfect realtor to help you locate the home of your dreams in no time.

I’ve been helping home buyer and sellers with their real estate needs in the west valley for over 12 years. As part of The Sibbach Team we pride ourselves on being a market leader.  We continue to learn and become educated thru extensive and on-going training, field research, open mindedness and client feedback to deliver a superior client experience.

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Buying A House You Can’t See In Person

There is a lot of risk involved in buying a home sight unseen, and the process isn’t for everyone. You never know when you might end up purchasing a complete mess, and you may end up out a lot of money for cleanup and renovation. However, there are several things you can do to save yourself a lot of trouble in the long run. With the tips listed below, you’ll be better prepared for your experience in buying a home sight unseen.

Don’t go this route unless you know what you’re doing:  The home of your dreams may be one you’re not going to be able to look at in person, but unless you know what your’e doing, you should try your best to go take a look at the space before you put in an offer. If you work with a realtor who is local to the home you’re interested in purchasing, you can talk to them about the opportunities you may have to schedule tours of the home and see if there’s a way to work around your obligations or your location.

Ask someone in the area to go look at the home for you on your behalf:  Once again, having a realtor on your side can help with this, but a realtor will be unable to provide you with the kind of information you’re really looking for when it comes to checking out a home you’re interested in buying. If possible, ask a friend or family member to stop by the home on your behalf and take a lot of pictures—or, even better, record a video as they walk through the home and notice anything they might want to point out to you.

Always get a home inspection:  Whether you have someone taking a look at the home on your behalf or not, a home inspection is going to turn up any potential problems you might want to keep in mind when you’re thinking about buying. If the inspection shows up too many problems, you may want to rethink purchasing a home without being able to see it first. Then again, if you’re willing to put in the work it takes to fix it, a sight-unseen home may be perfect for you in your situation.

Ask for contingencies in the home buying contract:  This is very important. If at all possible, ask for contingencies in the home buying contract. This means that, for example, if the home inspection returns with some sort of significant damage—such as major roof damage or foundation issues—you can withdraw your offer and move on to another home. Although some sellers won’t want to offer this option, for the most part, if the seller knows his or her home is in relatively good shape, you won’t have to worry about this request being denied.

I live and work in the West Valley.  I know this area like the back of my hand and will be happy to assist you in finding the right home in a neighborhood that fits your needs and lifestyle.  Contact me if you are moving or know of someone who is considering buying from out of town.