Step 1 to Buying a Home: Find a Realtor
Most people start their home buying search by looking at sites such as Realtor.com, Zillow or Trulia. That’s completely fine and understandable, but Step 1 to buying a home should be to hire a Realtor to represent you.
Searching online at Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, etc. on your own takes a LOT of time. Many times, the data is out of date as well. A Realtor can set you up for automatic search via the MLS (Multiple Listing System). This means that each day (or how often you want to receive the search results) you’ll be emailed a list of all new properties matching your criteria or price reductions which now put a property in your budget. This is a HUGE time saver. And if you’re in a market, like Chicago, where great properties sell in a matter of days, it can be an enormous advantage to be able to get in and to see a property within a day or two of it going on the market.
So, how do you find and pick a Realtor? Well, hopefully you’ll contact our team at 630-410-9601 or rich(at)ayersteam(dot)com so we can meet in person and see if we would be a good fit together. Remember, not all Realtors are right for all people. You need to find someone who is not only great at his or her job, but someone you like, as you’re going to be spending a lot of time with that person.
So, let's get together, grab coffee and chat!
Second, interview the Realtor by asking them very specific questions. Click here to read a post with our recommended interview questions.
Third, expect to sign a buyer representation agreement. Legally, before you disclose confidential information to your Realtor, you should have a signed buyer representation agreement. That helps to insure that your Realtor will keep private information confidential.
If you have any questions, please let us know.