Tips for Home Buyers: Working with a Real Estate Agent

Buying a home can be a daunting task because there are is so much that goes into it. Buying a home is not a simple see a house, sign a document, pay for it, and then move in. There are all sorts of twists, turns, and potential heartbreaks along the way that you need someone to guide you through it. That’s what an agent should do. But a great real estate agent can be incredibly valuable –especially as it relates to finding the right home and helping to negotiate price.

Recognizing a Real Estate Agent’s Expertise
Since you are the one who will be living in the home, it’s hard to imagine that anyone will understand your needs better than you. However, it is important to remember that real estate agents are experts when it comes to buying a home, often with years of experience. They have heard it all, so you don’t need to be shy in your requests. They can let you know if what you want is available and how much it would cost to get if it’s not available. They also have insider knowledge on your particular market, such as how long a home typically stays on market, whether the home is priced correctly, and how it compares to other listings in the area.

Communicating with Your Real Estate Agent
Often when going through the home buying process, you will need to spend time walking through homes with your agent that aren’t quite right. While this requires patience, it will ultimately help you and your agent refine your search so that you both know what to look for in a home and what you want. Once agents have a specific concept of the type of home to find, they can better serve you. A great agent will show a variety of homes online before you go out touring. Also, if you realize after a few homes that you no longer want what you thought you did, let your agent know. They will be happy to refine their search to accommodate your new needs.

Understanding Your Needs in the Perfect Home versus Your Wants
Sometimes you start with a long wish list, but slowly realize that you can’t get everything you want with your current budget. This is where an agent can come in handy. A real estate professional can help you define your must-haves versus your “nice to haves,” and help you find a home that fits your needs. A great agent will also let you know if what you want can add or detract value to your home. This will help you when it comes time to sell your home.

Trusting Your Real Estate Agent
Trust applies not only to judgments on whether a property is right, but also on price and other factors. In fact, trust is crucial once you begin negotiations. When it comes time to make an offer on a home, remember that your agent has experience in both the negotiation process and your local market. This makes him or her best suited to evaluate what is a fair price. While an agent cannot make all negotiation decisions on your behalf, you can greatly benefit from his or her advice. They know the market best and are working to benefit you.

Looking to buy or sell in the Nevada County area? Give a Coldwell Banker agent a call today!