Over the next 12 weeks, this blog will focus on on the many parts of purchasing a home. We know that purchasing a home—whether it be your first or your fifteenth—can be stressful and confusing.
But it doesn’t have to be! We help people buy homes all the time! This series explores and explains the typical roadmap to purchasing a home. Some steps are more cumbersome than others, but if you know what to expect you won’t be taken off guard if (and when!) complications arise!
For the second part of this series, we’ll talk about searching for a home.
As a part of our initial sit-down consultation with you, we’ll determine your wants, needs, and what you’d like to avoid. This will narrow the field so that we’re only spending time looking at homes that you’re seriously considering.
Expect to have 5 or 10 showings to find your new home. When you find a home that you’d like to tour, we’ll put in a showing request. Depending on the preferences of the home seller, you may wait up to 48 hours to actually have your showing. Some sellers have a set time during the week when you can have showings (like every Wednesday from 2 until 7, for example), but every home seller is different.
If you’ve seen 10 or more homes, it may be time to revisit your search criteria. We’ll sit down and figure out what’s working, what’s not, and may contact other agents if we’re really looking for a “unicorn” property.
Besides reaching out to fellow agents, we have a set of tools we use to find homes close to what you’re looking for. Using these tools, we can narrow your search field even further by sorting by school systems, beds, baths, special features, types of flooring, and more.
And you’re more than welcome to search on your own! There are more tools than ever out there for buyers to search for and find their home. Our agents know this full well. In the past, our agents would start the day with “I found these homes and I think you’ll like them.” Now, our clients sit us down and say “We found these homes and know we like them, we just want you to come with us in case you notice things we don’t.”
Today, a majority of home buyers find their home online. A great agent can aid in that search, and really shines when it comes to negotiation and contract writing. If you’re in the midst of your home search and would like to speak to an agent, we’re here!
Give us a call!
Up next, we’ll be covering the costs associated with buying a home. See you then!
The Better Buyer Series
- Searching for a Home
- Costs Associated with Buying a Home
- Putting an Offer on a Home
- Binding Contracts
- Due Diligence
- Finance Contingency Period
- Things to Remember