REAL ESTATE AGENTS CAN’T ALWAYS HELP YOU.
With everything that a real estate agent has to do, they aren’t going to be able to help you if you aren’t ready to do everything that you need to do. Your real estate agent is more than just a business partner in your search for a new home; they are a resource, a guide, and your representative for the months when you’re looking for the right chance to start a new chapter of your life. There are things, though, with which your real estate agent isn’t able to help you, and that you will have to figure out in order for them to help you with anything. Preparing for your amazing experience with a real estate agent is the best thing that you can do for your home search, with which your real estate agent will gladly help.
YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR BUDGET.
If you just got an amazing new job with the salary of your dreams, congratulations! You’ve got an exciting new opportunity to make your life that much more wonderful, and you worked hard to get where you are. All that’s missing is the home of your dreams. Don’t think, though, that your real estate agent is going to be able to help you with figuring out how much you will be able to afford for this, specifically. If you have questions about how to budget for your home, your local real estate agent may actually know about some first-time homebuyer’s events, or of a local money management professional that can help you to figure out what an affordable mortgage would look like for someone with your income.
YOU AREN’T SURE IF YOU WANT TO RENT OR BUY.
This is probably even more important than you budget. Make sure that, whatever your budget, that you know, for sure, whether you want to rent, or buy. Both involve a commitment, but when you buy something, you can modify it as you see fit, something that will limit you if you rent. If you rent, you can leave in as little as a few months, which will limit you if you choose to buy. Knowing for sure how long you’re wanting to stay in your housing will hold up your search, and won’t help your real estate agent help you.
YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’LL BE IN SIX MONTHS.
If you’re a person whose job keeps them moving from place to place, you may want to be sure that you’re able to stay in one place for the length of time that your lease lasts when you’ve got an idea of where you want to be. Your local real estate agent can absolutely help you find a place with a short lease, but make sure that you are realistic with your ability to stay in one place.
YOU DON’T WORK WELL WITH OTHERS.
Working with a real estate agent is 100% open communication and collaboration. If your style is to take control and turn a blind eye to advice, you’re not going to do well with a real estate agent. Your real estate agent’s job is to help you with your search, and be a guide, and without their advice, they’re not going to be useful to you. If you’re ready, though, make sure that you do call your local real estate agent today!