Congratulations! You’ve decided to purchase a new home or condominium! Maybe this is your fifth home…or your FIRST home….but either way there is a right way and a wrong way to approach buying a home. But, our Atlanta Real Estate Buyer’s Guide will help you through the process.
Atlanta Real Estate Buyer’s Guide | Steps to Follow in Buying Your New Home
There are numerous steps to follow when purchasing a home or condominium (and some of the steps DO vary based on whether it is a home or a condominium. In this series of posts, we will cover those steps. They are:
Finding the Right Agent
Your Lender, Your Loan Let’s Tell the Truth or Else
Wants vs. Needs
How to Search or Shop for Your New Home
Making The Offer
What are Contingencies and What Can Happen
The Home Inspection (Really…this is a GOOD Thing!)
Walkthrough and Your Celebration Day!
As we complete this series, you will find links to all these topics, either at the bottom of each post (remember they are not live links till we actually publish that particular post) as well as at our Atlanta Real Estate Buyer’s Guide page. So if you happen to land on post #7, and missed all the others, you can go back and start at the beginning, or on whichever topic may be most important.
So let’s talk about….
Finding The Right Agent
Well, hopefully if you have found this resource, you’ve already found the right agent in working with me! But, maybe you are still not sure. So, how do you find the RIGHT agent to work with? If you are a first time buyer, ask your friends. Who did they work with? How was the experience? Would they work with them again? Get the Good and the Bad as to how their experience was.
Research on our own. After all, we have this marvelous tool called Mr. Google!!! Now you have him (well maybe he’s a she?) to help you search. but that search process will turn up a multitude of responses, all based on what you search for and how you search.
Looking in a specific area, then you would want to search in that area to see who works in that area, or looks to be knowledgeable. For example, if you were to search Midtown Atlanta Condos For Sale, you might find our sister site, MyMidtownMojo.com. There you find a great site all about Midtown Atlanta living, and the options available. Do other sites, or agents offer the same kind of detailed information about all the condo buildings?
Here’s a very important fact to remember….Real estate is all about location, location, location. So if you are looking in Forsyth County because you either have a family, or are planning one, and want to be in those particular school districts, then you want an agent that really knows that area. And many agents will tell you they can help you anywhere. Not me. Nope. I’m not going to do that to you. See, I don’t believe I can know anything and everything about a 15-20 county metro region like Atlanta with some 6 million people (2017 numbers….) I’m not going to be your agent. Why you ask?
Because I work in a specific part of Atlanta..and that is my expertise. I drive these neighborhoods on a daily basis. I attend community events and City Council Meetings in these cities. I can keep track of what’s happening in Midtown, Buckhead, Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville. But to head to John’s Creek and Roswell and Marietta and…well you see where I’m going right? You want an expert in the area where you want to live. And if you are selling a particular home, to move to another part of the city, don’t presume your listing agent is the right person to help you BUY your next home. Sure, many of them will say they can help you sell the big house in John’s Creek and find a condo in Midtown. Well, think about a doctor. A chiropractor is a doctor and so is a dentist. But if your back is out of wack, I doubt you will call your dentist. So, I’ll help you FIND THE RIGHT agent to help you, based on where you want to live. That’s my real estate philosophy.
Real Estate Agent or REALTOR? What’s This All Mean?
A real estate agent, and a REALTOR are the same thing…it’s a question of membership. A REALTOR is a member of the National Association of REALTOR’s. This organization has a Code of Ethics that all members must abide by. Does that mean that if you select someone that is NOT a REALTOR, you’ve done a bad thing? Absolutely NOT! I am a former REALTOR and I still follow that Code of Ethics. You’ll still get the same service from me. For me, it’s a membership thing. You should be concerned with the individual’s knowledge of the area you want to live in, as well as their overall knowledge of real estate.
How Do You Like to Communicate?
Communication between you and I is a critical part of the home buying process. I pride myself in keeping you updated every step of the way…letting you know where we are with critical dates, or documents needed, or loan updates. So right up front, I’ll be asking you how you want to keep in touch!
Are you a texter? (Is that a word?) Do you prefer emails or phone calls? WHEN is a good time for both? Maybe all of them? While a text message is a great way to get a quick response on something, remember that sometimes for your own protection, it’s best to have some communication in writing. So while you might text, or talk, it can be best to have it all followed up with an e-mail. Be sure to know how you are going to communicate.
Great….you’ve found your agent. In our next post, we’ll talk about the second most important part of the real estate process…your Lender and Your Loan! Stay tuned!
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(If there is no link, it’s not been published yet!) Can’t wait? Have a question or want to get started NOW in looking for your new home! Call me at 770.713.1505 or….