You’ve decided it’s time to buy a new home, and you’re ready to hire a real estate agent to guide you through the process. Wise decision!

Presumably, your selected agent wants to provide you the very best service possible.  Here are several things you can do to help your real estate agent produce those results:

1Share your expectations
. Exactly what do hope your real estate agent will do for you and what are your preferred methods of communicating – phone, email and/or text?

2. Get pre-approved for a loan. Knowing your affordable price range in advance of your formal home search assures a better chance of finding and securing that ideal property because sellers typically require prospective buyers to have been pre-approved for a mortgage.

3. Be clear about wants and needs. Create a list of what you’re looking for in a home and share that with your real estate agent. Include as many details as possible – from the price range supported by your loan pre-approval to the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need as well as the type of neighborhood you prefer to live in and the style of homes you like.

4. Be honest and frank. Speak up regarding homes you have viewed and share exactly what you liked and disliked about each. It will help your agent to better understand your expectations and make suggestions designed to guide you to the right property.

5. Move at your own pace. If you feel overwhelmed or tire when viewing more than a certain number of homes in one day, tell your agent so that your home tours can be designed to match your comfort level.

6. Be prepared to negotiate. While your agent will manage contract negotiations for you, be prepared to compromise. Ultimately some “give and take” will likely be your key to success when you finally select a home that you love, Offers, counter-offers and sometimes many counter-offers are necessary to reach an agreement and secure the home you want. Don’t risk losing it because you’re unwilling to negotiate.

7. Remember that you have the final word. Your agent can, and most likely will, make suggestions, but the final decisions are always yours. With your agent’s guidance when you locate the home that fits your needs, be ready to act quickly.

Just like any other relationship, a client-agent relationship, if managed effectively, should produce a more confident and relaxed setting that results in better decisions designed to help you achieve your real estate goals.

When you are ready to find the right real estate agent for you and your family, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, provide information on the buying process, make recommendations to trusted lender professionals who can assist you in determining how much you can borrow, and/or help you find your dream home.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
[email protected]

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Allyson Hoffman is your ultimate real estate resource for Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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