Home Buying: Hunting

Who Can Help Me?

Buying a home may be the biggest purchase of your life. There is a lot more to it than most people think. You may need assistance in navigating the real estate market and home-buying process. Hiring a real estate agent or broker can be a big help. A real estate agent can help you by:

  • Finding budget- and location-appropriate listingsBuyersAgent
  • Arranging viewings
  • Communicating and negotiating with sellers
  • Locating off-market listings
  • Keeping the transaction moving
  • Offering advice

How Do I Find the Right Home?

Once you’ve chosen a real estate agent, it’s time to start looking at properties. According to the National Association of Realtors®, the average homebuyer sees 10 properties over a ten-week period before choosing a home.

Property Viewing Checklist:

  • Be respectful of a seller’s space and any possessions still in the home.Hunting
  • Keep an open mind; your real estate agent can help you see the potential in each space.
  • Consider taking a journal or photos to document the unique features of each property so you can accurately recall and compare features at a later time.
  • Check for common structural problems that may present themselves in the form or cracks, chipping or water damage.
  • Arrange a home inspector who will be able to recognize problems that may not be visible to the average homebuyer.
  • Bring a tape measure; you may want to compare the space or determine how furniture and fixtures will fit.
  • Listen for any environmental noise, including traffic, trains, airplanes, etc.
  • Compare the listing details to the property’s tax records. Unrecorded additions or non-matching information could indicate title issues.