Finding the right Buyer’s agent – Interview Questions
When specifically for a purchase, a buyer’s agent is the cornerstone in the process. A Realtor who has the knowledge and experience to answer all your inquiries about purchasing a home. And have the answers to all the questions you may not even know to ask yet. But before hiring a Realtor, its best to research or interview several active agents in the area you are looking to find someone capable and that you feel good talking with.
OFF-MARKET listing Opportunities
Another way to get in a property early is to find "Coming Soon or "Just Listed" properties. Having the ability to walk-through and see a home before the others at an open house could be just the advantage needed to prepare a good offer for the seller to consider before anyone else.
When to Start Shopping for a Home?
Now… if you are trying to purchase a home within the next year. I reference it to being a marathon and not a sprint. Buying a home in Southern California is done year around and in the suburbs of St. Louis Missouri we may slow down depending on the weather. The key is to discuss the features of your perfect home, obtain your preapproval for financing, then get out to tour a few to verify what’s available in your price range.
Broker FARR will act as your trusted advisor, your shopper partner, and the point person throughout the process. Let’s get started today…
Features to Consider When Buying home?
Finding a home that will meet your specific desires and family needs has been considered a significant and often a time-consuming process. Unless when done right and with an experienced Realtor guiding your journey.
We Are in The Now Business
Our job is to be aggressive in a proactive and positive way — to find you the right home at the right price, and where you want, NOW. The reality is that some homes sell in a weekend and receive multiple offers. Therefore, our team constantly searches & shows you the available homes right away, followed by submitting irresistible offers on your behalf. YES, Broker FARR is up and working 7 days a week, around your schedule.
How Much House Can We Afford?
This is a delicate subject as buyer’s all have wants and needs. We have visions and realities of our future home. It seems easy to think of a number and talk about a payment, but it is another thing to calculate and use guidelines to verify your personal qualifications and budget to purchase a home.
What are the contingency periods?
Written within a contract to purchase real estate are several contingencies allowing the buyer to do their due diligence on a property. A contingency in real estate refers to something that needs to be completed on or before a certain date (specified within the contract). With the assistance of their Realtor a buyer will calculate and write in specific dates they anticipate completing each particular task by. These contingencies are similar, if not the same, when purchasing a home in Southern California or in the Western Suburbs of St. Louis Missouri.
The common and most talked about contingencies are the home inspection, disclosures and documents, sale of another property, appraisal, and for the loan/financing. Each of these are a full conversation in themselves so talk with Broker FARR when you are together for all the details.
What types of homebuyers do you work with?
Mainly everyone is one of 3 categories of clients that we enjoy working for.
FIRST-TIME BUYERS, buying a first home is incredibly BIG. Helping a recent college graduate, doctor, newlywed, or single parent to become a homeowner is an honor and an incredible responsibility. Broker FARR knows how to share the buying process and answer much of the questions they may not even know to ask from start to finish.
EXPERIENCED HOMEOWNERS, maybe you have bought and sold a couple homes already. Here we become Transition Specialist and have the responsibility of managing their sale process and shopping for their purchase efficiently and in a timely manner. They can be moving across the street, across town, or out of state, Broker FARR has done them all.
INVESTORS, whether you're have some extra funds and are looking into entering the world of real estate investments, or you are a seasoned pro, there are always deals out in the marketplace. Understanding the best income producing options, locations within a city, and experience with a variety of purchase scenarios is just the inside knowledge that can help them find the right property.
How to make an offer on a House?
That wave comes over you when you walk into THE house. Yes, the one you can feel is worth making an offer on. We have talked about this day and what will need to be done when it arrives. The goal is to prepare and write the best offer possible to increase your chances of the seller accepting. Let’s brush over the details again
Can you refer Local Professionals for other needed services?
Yes, being in the real estate for decades has helped Broker FARR build a solid list of professionals in most all categories of real estate. Mortgage lenders who can present the attractive purchase options, inspectors to verify any part of a home, a variety of handyman and tradesman, and closing companies to handle the details of a transaction. No obligations, just companies that we or our clients have used with positive experiences. It is important to focus on build an experienced and trustworthy team to support & guide you throughout the entire process.
How do you know this is the one?
Sometimes you just know and other times it takes a few walk throughs to really feel it. Either way, trust your insight - and look for these crucial elements that will heighten your shopping decision.
CURB APPEAL - When you pull up to the house, does it grab your attention and are you drawn inside?
EMOTION - Does the house embrace you the moment you walk in? Does it take your breathe or seem to lead you to explore more?
ENVISION - Are you thinking about where your furniture would go or how you would decorate a room?
MUST HAVES - Does it check the important boxes? It may not have everything you want in order, but does it allow you to change the importance of other features which is a good sign.