To a decided home seeker who has paid down their debt, sustained full time employment, paid their bills on time each month and saved every extra dollar they had here and there, the homes for sale advertisements is like spotting gold in the distance. Their eyes widen and their hearts begin to race because they know that seeing the ad, the commercial or the sign on the front lawn is just the first step to a process that they have to have will power and stamina to endure. This is the process of moving from homes for sale to a home sold.
The process of purchasing a home, whether it is an apartment in the big city, a townhouse or single family home just outside of the city to capture that in between experience or a large sprawling estate, the process is much easier with preparation.
This preparation can mean hiring a real estate agent or performing most of the initial research and house hunting on one’s own before sitting down to ink a deal with anyone. On one hand, the benefit of working with a real estate agent early is that a lot of the leg work, time on the computer, and time spent aimlessly circling neighborhoods who are one more circle away from sending the neighborhood watch dog out for you is greatly diminished or completely eliminated. For the average home seeker, a real estate agent asks all of the necessary questions to figure out where a client wants to live, the style of home they are looking for, the checklist of home layout and room necessities, and the budget there is to work with. The agent takes all of this information to their colleagues, their computer, their collated data and they get creative. They compare market value, they compare the amount of house for the amount of money so they can not only get as close to what their client ask for but as much of it as possible. The entire process from the agent’s point of view and the homes for sale seeker’s point of view is an endeavor of patience.
It is possible to look through all of the ads, the websites and to drive around every weekend until you stumble across just the right home, in just the right neighborhood and at just the right price. But, even though the real estate agent is seen as the middle “man”, he or she actually takes out 90 percent of the middle work to get their clients from home seeker to home owner.