Looking for the perfect place to call home. Where to begin? Online search sites have so much information. But how does one make sense of it all?
With so many platforms promoting their site as the ultimate source to help you find your dream house, it's hard to know. But here's an idea. What about finding a truly wonderful real estate agent who can help you find the perfect place.
So often buyers think property first. They identify their criteria as a 3 bedroom, 2-bath with a garage in a specific zip code or town. Okay, in some cases I guess that works. But... what if you, as the buyer don't really know the area and options. For most of us, at least in the initial stages of the search process, we simply don't know. Countless hours wasted combing through hundreds of listings without any real direction or assistance. Which has always blown my mind.
The reason I am so puzzled by it all is simple. A real estate pro, who has relevant expertise and knowledge, will apply their skills and time to help you from start to finish. A service that is worth its weight in gold.
But how to choose the best agent for you? Here's some tips. As a home buyer you should always consider and seek out agents with the knowledge and expertise that best matches your specific wants and needs. Consider skill set and the agent's geographic focus. Great resource now in S. Fl. is CommunityQuest.com
The reality is, finding a home is just one of many steps in the process, and you will need someone you can count on. So although it may seem like a good idea to just look around the large listing sites, do yourself a favor and find that agent first. Then shop around together. You’ll see new listings as soon as they become available. And not by going online every night. But because they will be waiting for your review in your inbox. Better yet, when that rare opportunity hits the market, your agent will be texting you the link and calling in record time. Now that's the way to be in-the-know and ahead of the curve.
So… the moral of the story is, never under estimate the value of a quality real estate agent. And always look to make the best connection by asking the right questions, reviewing prospective agent’s expertise and style. Afterall, you will be spending quite a bit of time together in your quest to find the perfect place to call home, so you’ll want to find the right fit. Well worth the effort. Good Luck!