Whether it’s your first home or one of many, the real estate buying process can quickly become overwhelming.
While technology has made searching accessible, that is just the beginning of the journey. You will need to figure out financing, negotiate on a price, wrangle over repairs or make concessions, get the home appraised, make sure the contract is order and on and on.
Enter your local real estate professional who can guide you through this complicated process. After all, it’s her job, her focus.
Here are some ways a real estate agent can be an indispensable resource when you’re ready to start down the path of buying a new home.
Choosing a home
Mistakenly, some buyers think that they don’t need an agent’s help finding a home. They know what they want, and they know how to search the Internet. But, realtors have access to even more listings! Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A good local realtor can help you find those hidden gems. She is equipped to know the ins and outs of every neighborhood, so she can direct you toward a home in your price range that you may have overlooked.
Getting lender pre-approval
Instead of paying rent to the owner of your residence every month, as a homeowner, you will be paying back a bank for the money you borrow to buy your own place. You will need to find a bank to secure a loan. Your local real estate agent works with an array of local loan officers and will know which lender and loan officer might be the best fit for you.
Making an offer
This can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the buying process. Even if you love the home and are making an offer at the very top of your budget, there is no guarantee that the seller will think it is worth accepting. You could wind up starting all over again on the home search process. A professional realtor can help you better understand whether you are over or under bidding.
Mission accomplished. You found a home you love at a price you can afford, the seller accepted the offer, and now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the closing process. Correct? Not really.
Even the simplest real estate sale involves an inspection, appraisal, title review, and more. An experienced real estate professional can lay out a roadmap from offer acceptance to keys-in-hand and make sure you’re staying on track, which can feel like a lifesaver to a buyer drowning in details.
BOTTOM LINE: Buying a home goes beyond finding one for sale on the Internet. Buyers who use the services of a real estate professional find the process more enjoyable and less stressful and, most importantly, they have an advocate to negotiate tirelessly on their behalf.
Estelia Loves…the Old Southeast
The Old Southeast is known primarily for being the part of city where college students and ethnically-diverse groups prefer to live. This niche community has an array of homes from small bungalows to large ranches, great for first time buyers, retirees wanting to downsize and professionals commuting to nearby Tampa. It’s the perfect neighborhood for owners and investors.
So whether you’re looking to buy or sell in the Old Southeast, hiring The Mesimer Team will set you up for success every time!