Talking to your realtor can be tricky–you’re discussing personal details like finances and lifestyle choices while also being swept up in the excitement of starting a new journey. As a result, it is really important to maintain good communication that is honest and productive. Here are a few things that you should share so that your realtor can best meet your needs:
So much of the home buying process is limited by how quickly things can be done through the various entities that you will encounter–you can’t set an exact calendar for yourself. However, you can tell your realtor when you absolutely need to be moved and this can help determine the type of properties you look at. Obviously, being more laid back about the pace at which things move is going to open up more possibilities but you’d be surprised how much a realtor can move things along if you’re open about needing to expedite the process!
What You’re Working With
Get prequalified–and then share that information with your realtor! Then, give them your realistic budget, too. We all know that you can often prequalify for more than you’re willing to spend so sharing both what the bank will give you and what you are willing to spend will help your realtor focus on properties that are right for your budget while factoring in the additional expenses you will encounter like closing costs and insurance.
What You Want
Being upfront about a concrete list of “must haves” is obviously going to make your shopping experience more enjoyable. Your Evolution Home Group realtor wants to hone in on the properties that are going to wow you! Once you have gone to see some homes, be very specific in your feedback. Telling the realtor exactly why it isn’t the right fit will help inform the next place you go and hopefully get you closer to that dream home faster!
How It Went
Realtors want to continue to support you even after you have closed on your home. Give them feedback on the experience with the mortgage broker, insurance company and other vendors, like inspectors or handymen. This will help them to refine the list of people they work with and make the experience even better when you’re ready to buy again!
Working with an agent should feel like working with a knowledgeable friend. Evolution Home Group would love to help foster great communication and help you have that positive home buying experience you deserve!