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Dec 06 2017 (written by Gloria Russell) 251
Buying or selling your home can be a stressful time to say the least. Add the need for a quick turnaround and it’s a real mess. Even people who have plenty of time to buy or sell put it off because they fear it will be more hassle than they can endure. Why all the pressure? A decision of this scale has a huge impact on finances and home-style happiness. No wonder it causes anxiety. In this article, we’ll discuss ways to lessen the worries by creating an alliance with your realtor — and knowing when to trust your own judgment. Let’s start.
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If you choose to work with a full-time realtor, the same questions apply. It makes good sense to interview several agents before making your decision. Homeowners often know many realtors or might have a realtor in the family. There might be recommendations from friends, family or colleagues. How to decide? Here’s where you trust your own intuition.
Take this step seriously because who you are working with will play a big role in whether you are getting good advice, receiving proper communication and getting the best opportunity for your sale or purchase. It can be uncomfortable to say no to a friend or family member who is competing for your business, but you know these people and can ask them direct questions like those mentioned earlier.
You can also look at reviews on the agent’s website, Google, Yelp and others. Get references and ask other clients about their experience. Look for someone who is up to date in the industry and has the experience to back up the opinions they will be sharing with you. Choose a realtor you feel will serve you best, even if it won’t be a popular decision with everyone else. You can offer an honest, yet tactful, reason later if you feel it’s necessary.
When buying a home, you’ll quickly discuss price range. Talk with a mortgage professional and get pre-qualified so that step is out of the way. If you don’t know a mortgage broker, your realtor can make a recommendation. You can also talk with people you trust for recommendations. If you hear the same name more than once, it’s a good clue that you would do well working with that person.
Once you decide on a price range, be sure to stick to it. Looking at homes above that level is non-productive and a waste of time. Discuss this with your realtor for a clear understanding of the desired price range, then restrict your activities to finding a home that’s priced right for you.
Stay true to your own set of priorities and look only at homes that have the items on your non-negotiable list. There’s no reason to give in on things that are that important to you and your family. This is where you trust your own determination to know what’s best for your future. Features that would be nice to have, but are not entirely necessary, should carry less weigh in your decision process. The agent can help you make perceptive comparisons of homes and value.
If you have information on any of the homes used in the market comparisons that would explain why your home could be worth more, this is the time to speak up. Sometimes, friends and neighbors know more about features and problems in a home than is apparent in the listing. A good realtor can write the listing for your home to highlight the features that warrant a higher selling price. These upgrades and benefits can also be a focus when showing the home and talking to potential buyers.
Overall, when buying or selling your home, remember that one of the most important decisions is to find an excellent real estate agent. Making a good business decision to hire the most capable agent will make all the difference in your transactional experience and the outcome. With an experienced realtor, you’ll have knowledge, support and competence on your side. Listen and learn as the practical information guides you, and tune into your own intuition to stay on course and achieve your goals.
If you have enjoyed this article and gained some perspective about working with a realtor while trusting your own judgment, please share it with a friend who might also benefit. Thank you and best of luck with your buying or selling experience.
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