Search and Find the Right Home for You!
Other than actually living in your new home, Searching and Viewing Homes is the most exciting, fun part of the process - but it is also the part of the process that most buyers say they need the most help! Assistance ﬁnding the right home was what buyers wanted most when choosing a Realtor® at 52%.
In order to make the buying process smoother and help you find the right home, I have created a comprehensive profile to help you establish your "needs" and "wants" for your new home. Click this link New Home Profile & Buyer Information to download a .pdf copy to print and complete. Return your completed profile to me, I will professionally help you find and buy your new home!
Once you have accomplished all the previous steps in the process (chosen me as your Realtor®, confirmed your budget with pre-approval from a lender, established your "needs" and "wants" for your new home), I can set up a pin-point search for you to help efficiently identify homes to be considered. That same search will also notify you if new property listings come on the market that meet your criteria. You can also use several popular online property search websites but be aware that some of the information on those sites may or may not be current or correct. As a Realtor®, I will always be your best source for accurate, up-to-date information.
The typical buyer who did not use the internet during their home search spent only 4 weeks searching and visited 4 homes, compared to those who did use the internet and searched for 10 weeks and visited 10 homes. Among buyers who used the internet during their home search, 87% found photos and 85% found detailed information about properties for sale very useful. According to a 2018 survey of all buyers by the National Association of Realtors®, buyers first saw the home they purchased as follows:
- Internet - 50%
- real estate professional - 28%
- yard sign/open house sign - 7%
- friend/relative/neighbor - 7%
- home builder or their agent - 5%
- directly from sellers/knew the sellers - 2%
- print newspaper advertisement - 1%.
Let me know right away if you see a home that sparks your interest, I can assist you or direct you on ways to research the property history, the neighborhood, school system and much more! Most importantly, I can verify many important facts, for instance, how long the home has been for sale, if there have been price reductions, previous times the home was sold or offered for sale and if the home is priced correctly by researching recent sales prices of comparable properties. When we find homes that fit your needs, we will schedule a tour of the homes. In most cases, an appointment is necessary to step foot on the property or view the interior of homes. I use software that allows me to see what days and times the homes are available for viewing and when to avoid conflicting appointments by other brokers. If we have multiple homes to see, I will efficiently map out our route with ample time allowed for viewing each home and provide information to help you document what you did or did not like about the home to make it easier to make a decision afterwards.
You might be tempted to contact the Listing Broker directly but I would advise against it - the Listing Broker represents the seller and is required by contract to sell the home for the maximum price possible. Plus, any information you provide to the Listing Broker, such as your motivations or budget, must be disclosed to the seller by the Broker - which diminishes your negotiating position. If a Listing Broker tells you they can get you a better price if they represent both seller and buyer, they may be motivated by their own self interest and do not have your best interest at heart. You are always better off relying on the skills of your Realtor® to protect you and represent your best interests.
When you have decided which might be the right home for you, I will prepare a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to establish an offer price, help you determine a negotiating strategy and help you construct the offer with terms that accomplishes what you need and want (more on that in the next section - Offers & Negotiations).