There are a few things to keep in mind when buying a home to keep you in good terms with real estate agents. Agents work on commission therefore they are very motivated to do a good job for you. Be considerate, be on time for appointments. They are very busy and are not only working for you, they will have other clients. If not, it’s not a good sign. Make sure to find an agent that you trust! Interview agents until you find the one you are most comfortable with. Let them know that you are in the interviewing stage. Do not call a listing agent if you are working with a buying agent. Let your agent do this, they know what to say and have had much more practice and training. At this point you are serious about buying or you wouldn’t have sought out an agent. Get preapproved to help the process and bring your checkbook if you are going to a house you are serious about! And lastly, good luck with everything.
There are many different personalities and characters out there. The same goes for those in real estate. When looking for someone to help sell your home or help you find the right home it is important to trust them. There will be a lot of information given to them and they will be with you until the end of your buying or selling experience. They are there to make it as smooth as possible for you. There are many homes that realtors know of that are not advertised, they will find these for you if they fit your interests. The realtor is there to be the cushion between clients. They are experienced negotiators. They are also an extra set of eyes that can help point out potential problems with a house that is on the top of your list. To find the right realtor for you make sure to get referrals and check references. Make sure that you will see all properties with them and not only ones that will make them the most money. Interview the agents that you are most interested in. Always be sure to use common sense and be skeptical. You will find the right agent for you!
There are a lot of things to think about when buying a home. Like renovations and if you can afford or handle them. Look at the windows and ceiling, think about if you will need repairs in the near future. Make sure to hire a home inspector to clarify the deep issues of the house you are looking at. Also, look at the kitchen and bathrooms to see if you would want them renovated. Would the house still be worth it after putting all the renovation money into it? When thinking to buy a home, treat it like it is your own. Take your daily steps through the home to see how it “fits.” Is there enough room in the kitchen, bedroom, and even the garage? Would you have enough space to fit all your belongings and move around comfortably? Make sure that the sinks, toilet, lights, etc. work properly. Don’t wait until it is too late, do all these things before buying the home, think long-term.
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We received this update to services the Home Ownership Center provides and we wanted to ensure we passed it along.
If you’re thinking of buying and wondered if there is any down payment assistance available and or credit counseling services to be ready to make your purchase, contact them at 937-853-1600
|Free Homebuyer Counseling!
The HomeOwnership Center recently received a HUD grant that we can now use to cover the costs of homebuyer counseling. The grant means that first-time homebuyer counseling is free to our clients.
Do you have clients that are not quite ready to buy their first home? Send them to us and we can give them back to you…mortgage ready! So, how does that affect the pricing for the entire First-Time Homebuyer program? Let’s take a look.
Remember that clients are required to complete the entire First-Time Homebuyer Program (counseling and class) to receive the certificate of completion. If you have any questions, just give us a call at 937.853.1600 or email Joanna Trent at [email protected].
Call 937.853.1600 for more information.