These days most people start their home buying search by looking at sites such as Realtor.com, Zillow or Trulia. That’s completely understandable, but when you are ready to move beyond the searching phase to the purchasing phase, the First thing to do is hire a Realtor to represent you and advocate on your behalf.
Search engines are fun while you are looking, but tedious when you’re seriously trying to find your next home. They don’t tend to be accurate or up to date. Those searches are actually advertising portals made to sell ad space, not be an active Realtor portal that provides the most accurate and up to date information.
A Realtor can set you up for automatic search via the BLC (Broker Listing Cooperative). This means that each day (or how often you want to receive the search results) you’ll be emailed a list of all new properties matching your criteria or price reductions which now put a property in your budget. This is a HUGE time saver. And if you’re in a market like Indiana, where great properties sell in a matter of days, it can be an enormous advantage to be able to get in and to see a property within a day or two of it going on the market.
So, how do you find and pick a Realtor?
Well, hopefully you’ll contact me at 317-413-1360 or LeeAnnBalta.com so we can meet for coffee to see if we would be a good fit together. Remember, not all Realtors are right for all people. You need to find someone who is not only great at his or her job, but someone you like, as you’re going to be spending a lot of time with that person. See if you click. If so, you need to determine if that person has the experience, customer service and understanding of the market that you’re looking for.
Start out by noticing how quickly the Realtor responds to your initial phone call or email. If the Realtor doesn’t get back to you within a maximum of 24 hours, that’s a bad sign. This business moves fast and deals can be lost if your Realtor doesn’t respond quickly on your behalf during negotiations.
Second, understand how to work with a Realtor: Working With Real Estate Agents
Third, expect to sign a buyer representation agreement. Legally before you disclose confidential information to your Realtor, you should have a signed buyer representation agreement. That helps to ensure that your Realtor will keep private information confidential.
So, let’s get together and have coffee and chat!
Have any questions?
Call or text: 317.413.1360
email me: LeeAnnBalta@C21Scheetz.com