Once you have obtained your pre-approval letter and selected an agent to represent you, it is time for the fun part – shopping!
Get to know the Towns, neighborhoods, complexes, or subdivisions, which interest you. Drive around and get a feel for what it would be like to own a property in the area. Start getting a sense of the properties available in those areas. If you have already identified some properties you like, share them with your agent, along with the features that appeal to you.
Armed with a clear set of criteria, your agent will get to work finding the right home for you. They have access not only to the up-to-date MLS, but also “coming soon” properties being advertised among agents. Your agent can also set up an automatic email campaign directly from the MLS, giving you prompt notification of new listings. Once you have selected some homes you would like to see, your agents will arrange showings. Then the fun begins as you start to walk through homes and envision yourself living there.
Time to Buy.
Once you have picked out the property you want to purchase, your real estate agent can help you prepare an offer. They will research information of the sale price of similar properties to help guide you toward an offer price. The agent will also discuss the “terms” of the contract, such as inspection periods, deposits, and closing date. Sometimes the terms of the contract can be what makes or breaks the deal – not just the price.