Finding Your Home
Whether you’re buying your first home, vacation property, or an investment property, its location will often determine its future value, and even certain aspects of your everyday life.
A great agent can offer valuable advice and coach you through the entire home-buying process. Yet many buyers still spend endless hours poring through classified ads, driving all over town, and viewing dozens of unsuitable properties – simply because they haven’t connected with a licensed real estate agent. In today’s information world, having an experienced agent working to decode and guide you through the chaos is invaluable.
Our Inn Real Estate team has an extensive knowledge of the south Florida market and trends, and we are passionate in our abilities to assist our clients.
ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
Before you commit to working with one agent, be sure to ask plenty of questions. A good agent will welcome your questions to better understand your goals to help strategically search the properties that best fit your needs and lifestyle. Some typical questions to ask a potential agent:
“How will you help me find a home?”
Buying a home takes more than visiting open houses and making appointments to see homes for sale. Your agent should not only be up to date on the latest social media and marketing practices, but also belong to a strong network of fellow professionals, local organizations, and civic groups. Memberships in Rotary, Toastmasters, and similar associations can lead to knowledge about homes that meet your criteria.
“How well do you know the area(s) that interest(s) me?”
An agent who knows the area or neighborhood you are interested in is extremely beneficial to you. While licensed agents are allowed to represent buyers and sellers anywhere in their state, it helps to select one who is familiar with your desired region.
“How do I know you will provide me with personalized attention?”
Even the busiest agents can provide great service because they know how to keep the process moving for their clients. They have put in place procedures and partnered with other professionals to keep you informed every step of the way.
“Will you handle all aspects of my transaction or delegate some tasks to an administrative assistant?”
If you choose to work with a busy agent, a knowledgeable assistant can be very helpful when you have questions or need immediate attention. Every agent has a unique structure for his or her business; find one that best suits you.
“What is your negotiating strategy and how will it help me maximize opportunities?”
Negotiating contracts is one of the most important aspects of buying the right home. Having a plan and understanding market conditions will prepare you prepare for the negotiating process.