Author: Doug Ralston

Buying A Home – Getting Started

I often get asked: I am thinking about buying a home, what do I need to do first. Well, I am going to keep it as simple as 1,  2,  3… 1Contact Ralston Real Estate and get a buyer’s agent.  I realize this seems a little self serving, but honestly, buying a home without a buyers agent can be risky business, not to mention will cause you a whole lot of extra work and frustration.  Listing agents work for the seller and that’s where their loyalty lies.  Buyer’s agents work for you, the buyer, and will work hard to get you the best deal possible and make sure that you find your perfect “NEW PLACE”.  Hiring a buyer’s agent up front will save you time and money.  Your Buyer’s agent will be connected to everyone that you need to deal with when you buy a home. And the best part of all, the buyer’s agent gets paid by the seller, so our services to you, the buyer, is FREE.   [Read more about The 5 Top Reasons To Hire A Buyer’s Agent…]   2 Get Pre-Qualified for a loan.  I can’t stress this point enough.  Getting this task done early will guide you through the rest of the process.  You need to know upfront, how much of a loan you are qualified for and how much you are comfortable spending on a...

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The 5 Top Reasons To Hire A Buyer’s Agent When You Buy A Home

Representation. The Listing agent represents the seller and is obligated to have the seller’s best interest in mind, not yours.  A buyer’s agent represents you, and has your best interest in mind.  Your buyers agent can research market values and recommend offer amounts and help you negotiate with the seller.  The listing agent cannot give the buyer advise because they represent the seller.  Additionally, your buyers agent is connected.  They will be able to recommend and connect you with all of the people and companies that are involved with a home purchase.  Starting with a lender all the way through to the closing attorney. The Home Search. There are many great home search apps on the market today, giving buyer’s instant access to listings. But, the apps have limited advanced search filters. A buyer’s agent will take your home needs and make sure that the list of homes that you are seeing match what you are looking for. Buyer agents can also prescreen, preview, and research properties before you see them, saving you time. Buyer’s Agents are the most accurate way to see all of your options. Showing efficiency and safety. Buyer’s typically look at dozens of properties, trying to coordinate showings with dozens of listing agents can be almost impossible if you don’t have a buyer’s agent.  You will often find listing agents that are reluctant to get...

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