If you’re thinking about buying a house in Charlotte, and if you’re going to buy one with the help of an agent, make sure you get the service you need. Read this blog post for information about buying a house? Demand these 3 things from your agent in Charlotte…
If you’re planning to buy a house, you might want to think about getting help from an agent with proven experience and knowledge in the specific types of homes you’re hoping to find – and in all of the areas you want to consider. An agent provides many different benefits and services and they should be focused on serving you. You should never feel rushed to “settle” in a hurry for a home that you really don’t love!
So, buying a house?
Demand these 3 things from your agent in Charlotte. (And if you don’t get them, find another agent who can help you).
#1. Ask for their track record
Find out how good your agent will be in representing you. See if they can provide you with testimonials and success stories, or some other kind of indicator of exactly how well they’ll be able to represent you. Remember, they should be able to listen to your needs and your wants, and understand them both to help you focus your search. They should be able to find you plenty of homes to consider and to see. Then they should be able to provide you with evidence that they have the experience to negotiate well on your behalf.
#2. Ask to look at lots of homes
Many agents want to get you into a home as soon as they can. Their “time is their money.” Although they want you to be happy, of course, many also want to minimize how long it will take to work with you. Demand that they’ll be willing to spend all the time you need.
One way to get the help you need is to find an agent who can invest their time and expertise with you up front, to help you professionally narrow your search down. This requires them to have a deep understanding of how to match your favorite types of specific homes with exactly where to find them. The best buyer agents will have the most innovative tools available to proactively guide you and save you time, BEFORE simply running you all over town re-actively spending your time walking through homes they should already know won’t be a fit.
Since many agents might want to show you five houses…especially if you’re already under contract to sell your current house first, what if you don’t find your dream home until after looking at the fifteenth house? Get an experienced agent who understands how to effectively guide you through the process, so it can be an enjoyable experience. Look for an agent who understands that you may need time to find what you really LOVE, on YOUR time frame, not the time frame when the buyer with a contract to buy your house needs to close or your agent’s time frame. Look for an agent with a pre-planned process instead of one who’s in a rush.
One of the best ways to find your next home in today’s market is to work with an agent with lots of experience knowing where to find the homes of your dreams, BEFORE they sell your current home! This requires that you find an agent with the experience to do BOTH buyer representation, PLUS one who also has a proven record of successfully marketing and selling listed properties, reflected over numerous transactions.
#3. Drive around the neighborhoods
Agents can often be focused on homes and sometimes they can forget all the other reasons you want to buy a house. For example, you might want to know that there are good schools and parks nearby for your children; others may be looking for something quite different. Drive around the neighborhoods you’re focused on at different times of the day, and during the week/weekend to get a feel for what the neighborhood is really like. Both pieces of information, the home and the neighborhood are essential for you to make an informed decision. Once you’re comfortable that a neighborhood or neighborhoods match the lifestyle you’re wanting to find, then it’s time to make sure that you – and your agent – know everything about it. Have THEY driven through the neighborhood like you have ? Have THEY previewed the homes there in the neighborhood with and/or without you as well? Can they tell you the NAME of your favorite home design – and details about others like it ?
It is said that you should most certainly buy your home based on emotion…but it MUST also be backed by logic. Make sure that your agent has the analytic ability to research, combined with an experienced, creative eye, so they’re able to see BOTH potential issues and opportunities for you.
Agents are not all the same. Some will do more for you and some will do less. But if you want an agent to serve you, make sure you know ahead of time what you want and ask the agent if they’re able do it for you. Buying a house? Demand these 3 things from your agent in Charlotte… and you’ll love finding the house of your dreams!