Guest post by Cheryl McCullough, Realtor with Binkley Real Estate, LLC
Many times, I work with clients who want to buy a home but have no idea where to start. To be honest, most people aren’t quite sure what they need to do first! It can be a very intimidating process, especially if it’s your first time.
Whenever I’m speaking with a potential client, I always advise them that their first step in buying a home is to find a realtor.
How to Find a Realtor
So how should someone go about this? Well, there are many ways. Start with talking to your family and friends and see if there is anyone that they recommend. Look on social media. Drive around and see whose names are on the listing signs. Attend open houses. But most importantly, conduct interviews with potential realtors!
You’re going to be spending a lot of time with your real estate agent, up close and personal. You want someone that you can trust and that you’re going to feel comfortable with. Just because Realtor “Sally” worked well for your cousin doesn’t necessarily mean that she’ll be a great fit for you.
Most people don’t realize that the same agent that lists your home for sale can also show you any home on the market, regardless of whose name is on the sign. A trusted agent is someone you can keep on your side forever as your homeownership needs change throughout the stages of your life.
What Else does my Realtor Do?
Your realtor can also provide you with a list of trusted lenders, contractors, home inspectors, title companies, attorneys, etc. A good realtor is your rock and guide through the entire home buying and/or selling process.
Many times, I joke with my clients that a realtor wears a coat of many colors! Not only do we do everything mentioned above, but we are also a listening ear, and a friend. Sometimes you may have to move under stressful circumstances. Find a real estate agent that you are comfortable enough with to share those moments
Are you selling then moving out of the area? Trust your agent, they are YOUR real estate professional. Tell them where you’re moving to and let them find you a local agent in that area. Your personal agent is going to do that interview process for you, so you don’t have to.
Moving is stressful enough as it is. Take a huge weight off your shoulders and find your “perfect match” realtor. Trust me, they will make the home buying/selling process feel like a breeze!
Cheryl McCullough – REALTOR®
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Binkley Real Estate, LLC
121 W. Auglaize St.
Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895