Attention: First Time Home Buyers!

So you’re thinking about buying a home! That can be very exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Here are a few common questions I have been asked over the years and the answers I give people. Hopefully they get you thinking and help you out!

What is the best way to get started looking for a home?
I get asked all the time, what is the best way to get started when looking for a home. Well, there are many ways to get started. Most people go online and do a little bit of research, which is an excellent way to get a feel for things. Your next step should be talking to a Realtor, that way you get your questions answered and the facts first! I know a lot of people feel a bit commitment shy, however your Realtor knows who you should talk to about getting pre-approved (mortgage specialists offer different services as well), will prepare you for any hidden expenses that will occur and help you get started.   What you may not realize is that the service of a Realtor is free for you as a buyer!  The seller is the one that pays the buyers Realtor.  That makes for one more reason to build a working relationship with a Realtor who is representing YOU!

How do I find a Realtor that’s right for me?
The obvious answer to this one is “I’m the right Realtor for you!”. All joking aside, different Realtors offer different services to you. Some Realtors are more hands on, others take a more 'stand back' approach, different people have different ways of doing business and these ways will suit various types of home buyers. It is most important that you find a Realtor who you connect with and feel comfortable working with. People find their Realtors through word of mouth, the internet, open-houses or sometimes they have a family member or friend in the business. Whatever the case may be, it is important to make sure you have a working relationship with a Realtor to ensure that your best interests are taken care of and you feel confident in your purchase.

How do I educate myself on the home buying process?
The best way to be educated is to talk to a Realtor, whether it be someone you know, someone you found online or someone you met at an open house, it is beneficial to sit down and talk to someone.  Many Realtors offer various ways of educating their clients. I personally believe that education is the most important part of the home buying and selling process, which is why I like to sit down and do a short “buyer presentation” for you. After all, this is one of the biggest transactions you will ever make, therefore you need to understand everything involved. It is your Realtors job to educate you about the home buying process before you start looking for a home, and to answer all of your questions along the way. Your Realtor will inform you of the current market conditions, as well as give you the necessary information for you to determine fair market price for the house you choose to purchase.

What is involved in a “Buyer Presentation”?
The “Buyer Presentation” that I offer is a one-on-one session with just you and me. It could take 15 minutes, or it could take an hour depending on the questions you have. I go through a lot of valuable material that I have compiled in a book for you that you can take home. It goes over everything from the different types of agency relationships, client versus customer service, hidden costs, closing costs, and recommended professionals (mortgage, home inspectors, etc). There is even a mock offer so you can see all the documents involved in your purchase before you make an offer. You are under no-obligation, however you are guaranteed to feel more confident when you leave.

Why should I choose you to be my Realtor?
I think the main reason for choosing me as your Realtor is that I give all my clients the service I would expect to receive if the roles were reversed. I am a very hard worker who has a very strong work ethic. Being honest to the core, my policy is that I would never sell somebody a home that I was not willing to live in myself. I sit down with my clients, listen to your wants and needs and search to find the right house for you.  I tend to take a more personalized approach. To me this is more than a sale, its the excited look on someone’s face when they’ve found the right place to call home and they joy they have once they sale is complete and they're happily settled in their new home. It is a rewarding feeling that reminds me why I chose this as my career.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this. If you have questions, comments or are interested in finding out more information about buying your home, please feel free to email or call me at 519-621-2000. Also, don’t forget to check out my “Testimonials” and “About Amanda” sections of my website. I hope you found this information useful and will use all of the many resources found on my website.