Once your paperwork is in order and you’ve hired your real estate agent, it is time to find the right property for you.
Take a Drive and Do Your Homework
Get to know the towns, neighborhoods, and areas that interest you. Drive around and get a feel for what it would be like to own a property in the area. Start getting a sense of the properties available in those areas.
Once you’ve narrowed your search and have selected the area where you’d like to live, it’s time to do your homework. Create a list of criteria for what you’re seeking in a home and share it with your agent. It’s a good idea to look at a variety of properties in the town and different neighborhoods where you’re considering living. Your agent becomes instrumental throughout this process—once he/she knows your criteria, they can quickly access their network to find suitable homes for your review. This saves valuable time for everyone and accelerates the process.
Time to Buy
Once you’ve picked out the property you want to purchase, your real estate agent can help you make an offer that the seller will accept. A good agent will investigate the potential costs and expenses associated with the new property. An agent can also help you draft your offer in a way that gives you the advantage over another offer.