Buying a new home is an exciting step in your life. To have the best experience, you need to need to find the right Realtor for your needs. Here are four questions to ask your Realtor before looking at houses.
What Are Your Credentials and Experience?
Not all real estate agents are the same. Question your agent about their credentials and their experience. Where did they get their Realtor’s license? Is it still valid? How long have they been in the industry? What were some of their biggest successes? How long have they worked in the area? All of these questions will help you pick the right Realtor. Many Realtors have these answers readily available on their website.
What Are the Costs and Fees?
One of the most surprising things people encounter when buying a house is just how many additional costs are involved. You need to talk to your real estate agent about all of the additional fees you should expect. Some additional fees to consider include the agent’s fee, inspection fee, taxes, insurance, and HOA costs.
What Do I Need to Know About the Area We’re Looking In?
Even if you are familiar with the area you want to live in, you probably aren’t familiar with the details about buying a house in the area. There are a lot of things to consider. What are the schools like? What is crime like? Is the area prone to natural disasters? What is traffic typically like? Are there pests to consider? All of these things are important for a new homeowner to know about the location. While you should do your own research too, your real estate agent might have some insight too.
Do You Have the Type of Houses I Am Looking For?
Certain real estate agents will have access to different homes. You need to specifically describe what you are looking for to ensure your agent can get you the house you want. Be upfront about how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want, if you want a yard, what neighborhood you want to be in, and what your budget is. If there are certain kinds of flooring or other materials you want or don’t want in the home, talk about that too, though that sort of thing can often be fixed with renovations after you buy.
A house is a commitment, and you want to get the right home for your and your family for the next several years. Make sure you ask the right questions to get you off on the right foot with the right Realtor. Moving into a new home is always stressful, but a Realtor can help make the process easier.
Anita Ginsberg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg
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