Buying Advice

Navigating Real Estate as a Buyer

If you are buying or selling a house, there are many factors that come into play and it’s tough to keep track of it all. Although you should receive plenty of support from your real estate agent, you may feel more secure having a general roadmap of the process so that you can plan accordingly.

Advice for buyers

Whether or not it’s your first time buying a home, it can be a little overwhelming and usually involves unexpected turns that throw off your plans. To make the process go more smoothly, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Before you can truly begin the search for a home, meet with your bank or financial planner to determine a budget and interest rate you can afford.
  • When you feel you’re ready to buy, it’s time to find an agent. Your agent should share your values and maintain transparent communications. Ask for recommendations and check out the agent’s website to see if your interests align with the specialties offered.
  • Once you’ve chosen an agent, take some time to research neighborhoods together. If you have some ideas in mind, communicate them to your agent so that he or she can find comparable neighborhoods in the area and within your budget.
  • As you go about house hunting and potentially making offers, consider how you will approach the negotiation process. The factors influencing this process may include the property’s time on the market, the outcome of an inspection and closing costs.
  • When it’s time to close on a home, ask your agent about the details. What are your contractual obligations? What are the costs associated with closing? Are there any steps that will take place after?

While you won’t have all the answers immediately, considering these items helps you prepare all of the questions you need to ask throughout the process.

Contact Us to learn more about buying your next Boston Area home.