Are you dreaming of buying a home?
Is having a Realtor® really necessary?
Absolutely! Purchasing a home is a big (and wonderful) commitment, so having an advocate to work on your behalf is priceless (and won’t cost you anything!). It’s best to hire an agent who belongs to the National Association of Realtors, so you can be sure that they are bound by a Code of Ethics.
Hiring an experienced Realtor to guide you through the buying process will give you the confidence that all of the decisions you’ll be making are informed and will protect your best interest.
Tip: Interview several Realtors
You’ll be spending a considerable amount of time with the agent you hire, so make sure you’re a good match for one another. Oh, and if you’re worried about Realtor fees, don’t be. As a buyer, you don’t pay for any of their time or representation.
If you need help interviewing potential Realtors, start by getting answers to these questions:
How many homes do you sell a year?
How are you different from other Realtors?
Much of my business comes from referrals and I’m so thankful for past customers who continue to share my name with friends and family. If you asked my past customers why I was the best fit for them, they would mention these qualities.
Accessible and a quick communicator
Skillful and strategic at negotiating
Willing to see homes during days, nights, and weekends
Patient and accommodating of questions
Able to explain contract terms clearly
Cool and collected under trying circumstances
Are you familiar with my area of interest?
How much time will you commit to me during this process?
How will you keep me updated during the buying process?
What’s the home buying process?
Do you feel like you need a decoder ring to understand your home-buying friends as they spout off about contingencies, escalation clauses, escrows, or earnest monies? No worries! I’ve helped many clients comfortably navigate the home purchase process and I’m ready to help you too. Whether this will be your first home or your fifteenth, I’ll educate you about what’s involved.
We’ll sit down together and I’ll tell you everything that’ll happen between now and the day you get the keys to your new home. And by moving day, you’ll be a bit of an expert yourself.
Here’s an overview of what the process looks like:
- Interview and select a Realtor.
- Apply for financing with a lender.
- Begin seeing homes with a Realtor.
- Write/submit purchase agreement (budget about 90 minutes).
- Celebrate with accepted contract! Submit earnest deposit.
- Schedule and attend home inspection. Negotiate repairs.
- Lender will schedule appraisal. Results take 1-2 weeks.
- Title company completes title search and issues commitment.
- Termite inspection and plot plan conducted if needed.
- Lender submits file to underwriting. Wait for “clear to close.”
- Schedule and attend final walkthrough.
- Collect cashier’s check from bank to take to closing.
- Closing day. (sign, sign, sign, sign!) Get the keys. Hug your Realtor!
Do you have all the local real estate apps on your phone? Bookmarked homes that have features you like? Potential areas mapped out? I’m excited to help your home-buying mission come to fruition. My job is to make this process painless and efficient so you can have an enjoyable experience.
This is all about you. You’re the most important piece of this puzzle so tell me your story! The more I know about you, the better I can help you narrow down homes. So, please unload all the questions you have. You can’t ask too many.
Why work with Ben?
Accessible & responsive
Heart of a teacher
Your house at your pace
Whatever is the right pace for you is the right pace for me. I’m comfortable with your preferred pace. I’m patient with your decisions and patient with your questions. All your questions are good questions. I do my best to answer the usual questions up front, but I encourage my clients to ask whatever comes to mind.
Thorough with your best interest in mind
Sellers: I know what buyers want. I'll market your home to make it the most desirable for those buyers and negotiate the deal to get as much as possible into your closing check. You'll hug me later.
Not quite ready yet? No worries!
Even if you’re a season or two from being ready to buy, it’s not too early to begin chatting with a Realtor. Actually, now is a great time to start seriously interviewing agents (a’hem … don’t forget to call me!) to see who is the best fit for you. Just let them know that you are not quite ready, and if they’re good, they’ll help you prepare. Call me today, let’s get together and create a customized plan for you so you are ready to hit the ground running. No pressure. Your house at your pace.