Home Buying

The Benefits of Having a Real Estate Buyer's Agent

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases of your life. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a real estate veteran, finding a real estate Buyer's Agent to walk you through the process offers huge benefits.

A Buyer's Agent is there to represent your best interest throughout the entire home buying process, from your first showing to the closing table. There is no replacement for having one trusted professional as your own personal guide.

Here are just some of the benefits of having a home Buyer's Agent.

Benefits of having a Real Estate Buyer's Agent

You can work with one person who…

  • Knows exactly what you're looking for in a property
  • Searches for properties for you
  • Schedules showings and guides you through them
  • Recommends an asking price
  • Negotiates contracts on your behalf
  • Reviews contractual documents and paperwork with you
  • And much more!

Think about what a difference this can make...

Do you want to view 10 different homes?

Instead of having to call each listing agent to set-up an appointment yourself, a Buyer's Agent will make all the calls for you. Plus, he or she is an expert at scheduling a series of home showings to make the best use of everyone’s time. 

Does the mere mention of contingencies, addendums and overall legal paperwork make your head spin? 

A home Buyer’s Agent will give you clarity and confidence in your contract, helping you avoid confusion and buyer’s remorse.

Do you need to find a reputable mortgage broker or home inspector?

Your Buyer's Agent can refer you to several other local professionals you will need during home buying.

Ultimately, a real estate Buyer's Agent is one person who you trust to have your best interest in mind. He or she is a professional, an expert on the home buying process. Who better to work with for one of the largest purchases you'll make during your lifetime?

The home buying process can be complex, but a Buyer's Agent will help you through every step of it until you hold those keys in your hand.

Do you want the benefits of having a Buyer’s Agent?

Contact us at CG Shepherd Realty, LLC to speak with one of our licensed Realtors® who will represent your best interests as a real estate Buyer’s Agent.

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Home Buying 101: How to Get the Most Out of Home Showings (Part 2)

Home Showings part 2

Home showings are typically scheduled to range between 20-30 minutes long, depending on the size of the home. So how can you get the most out of that limited window of time inside each home? Here are some practical showing tips for home buyers to get the most out of home showings.

Take Notes!

Whether you’re going to see one house or six at a time, it’s important to take notes for you to reference later. With the limited amount of time you get inside each home it’s going to be difficult for you to remember all that you observe and have questions about. It will be much easier to recall later if you jot it down.

If you’re seeing multiple houses close together, taking notes will help you to distinguish between the different properties, which will make it much less confusing. It can also save everyone time from having to schedule additional showings of the same home simply because you can’t remember what you liked, or didn’t like.

Use All Your Senses & Ask Questions

Once you’re inside the home, now is the time to let your curiosity run wild. Ask questions when you have them. If your agent doesn’t know the answer immediately, he or she can make a note to find out later.

Remember to activate your senses. Don’t just use your eyes when you’re viewing a home. You are allowed to touch the floor, woodwork, cabinets, etc., but be sure to keep an eye on any children present.

Don’t forget about your sense of smell too. Does the home smell musty, smoky, or worse? That can tip you off to look for and ask about potential mildew, mold and such. Granted, sometimes a home has been vacant and closed up for some time, which can make it smell stale. Your agent can tell you that.

Picture Yourself There

Now it’s time to activate your imagination. Can you see yourself, your family, your belongings in this home? Consider where your large pieces of furniture could go. You may even want to have measurements on-hand of particularly large pieces to be sure they would fit in a given room.

Try to see beyond the possessions that are currently there. As a homeowner, there are numerous changes and upgrades you can do. After all, if you buy it, then it will be your home. So consider what would be an easy change, like painting the walls, and what may be more time-consuming and expensive, like tearing out a wall or building an addition.

Listen to Your Gut

If you walk into a home and immediately know it’s not the right one for you, then be honest and let your real estate agent know. Explain why you feel that way as best you can. It can give a clue to another home your agent could show you, or another one to cross off your list.

Plus, this could allow you to spend a little more time at a home you really do like. Depending on the scheduling of the showings, you can travel to the next home on your list immediately. If you find there’s a little time to kill, take the opportunity to look over your notes of what you’ve already seen and give some feedback to your Realtor.

Next Steps After Home Showings

This is where knowing the speed of the market comes into play. If you have time to make a decision and consider making an offer, then take time to go over your notes and look at the photos and information again.

Be honest with yourself, your partner, and your buyer agent to let them know what you liked and didn’t like about the homes you saw. Reference your notes. If you didn’t find the right fit today, maybe you need to reevaluate your search criteria. Or maybe you want to schedule a second showing of one or two homes you saw.

Scheduling multiple showings of the same property is okay. Just be considerate of the current resident if the home is occupied. Each time you want to go in, they have to go out, and stay out for a while. They may want to do some additional cleaning too, or have children and/or pets they have to keep occupied during that time. So keep in mind the time it takes for the resident, and even your realtor, to revisit a property.

Be prepared. Take notes. Process your next steps.

If you are beginning this phase of home buying and don’t have a buyer agent yet, it is worth considering. You can see how they are particularly helpful at this stage of the home buying process, but they are there to support you every step of the way. They are there to represent you and have your best interest in mind.

Contact us at CG Shepherd Realty, LLC to speak to our qualified REALTORS® about our buyer services.

Read How to Make the Most of Home Showings (Part 1) for more on taking your online home search offline.

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Home Buying 101: How to Get the Most Out of Home Showings

Home Buying 101 how to get the most out of home showings

So you've been looking at homes online for a while now, maybe even setup a saved search to email you properties that seem to be a good match. But now you're ready to take your online home buying search offline. The next step for most people in the home buying process is to schedule home showings to view properties in-person.

Home showings are not typically very long. Most are scheduled to range between 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the home. So how can you get the most out of that limited window of time? Here are some showing tips for home buyers to get the most out of showings.

Selecting What Homes to View

First, you need to decide what homes you actually want to view in-person. Home showings take time for you, your real estate agent, and the current resident of the home. So you need to narrow down your list of homes you want to see. Here are some ways to do that:

  1. Look online at property details and photos multiple times.
  2. Solidify your "must-haves". These are features of the home that are deal-breakers. You and/or your partner need to be clear on what those features are.
  3. Ask questions ahead of time. If you are wondering about some features of the property or have questions about information you don't see or don't understand on the MLS sheet, ask your real estate agent. Your Buyer Agent can get the answer to see if the home makes the cut to the must-see list.
  4. Ask your Realtor for additional recommendations. Your local realtor is a wealth of information and has likely been inside many of the homes that are for sale before. He or she may know of a property that just came on the market or can recommend another that maybe didn't come up in your initial search.

Caution: If You Can't Afford It, Don't Go See It!

When you're deciding what homes to see in-person, know your budget. You don't want to fall in love with a home you simply can't afford.

There are reasons for that listing price (square footage, great features, views, etc.) that warrant the price tag. If you see that and then see the homes that are truly within your budget, you'll likely compare them and be disappointed. It can also make it difficult to commit to the right home for you right now.

Yes, it can be disheartening to know you can't afford that dream home yet, but save yourself the heartache, stick with homes in your price range, and consider saving up for that dream home in the future.

The Logistics of Scheduling Home Showings

Some home buyers will call the listing agent of every home they want to see to schedule a showing. This is another instance where having a Buyer Agent is a great asset. One Buyer Agent can make all those calls for you and efficiently schedule a series of home showings.

An experienced real estate agent considers factors like allowing driving distance between properties, overlapping showing windows, and planning the best route that will be a great time saver for everyone involved. Your Realtor can also realistically recommend how many homes you can see in a given timeframe so you don't get overwhelmed.

Wouldn't it be helpful to have a professional walk you through each home, answer questions you have during the showing, and be a sounding board for comparing and contrasting homes afterward? Those are just some of the things a Buyer Agent can do for you.

Is There a Need for Speed?

Your final step of preparation is to know the pace of the current local real estate market. Again, your Realtor can answer this question. You can also ask other people you know who are currently looking or have recently bought or sold a home in the same area.

In a fast-paced market, if you don't make an offer today, someone else will tomorrow, or later that afternoon. In a moderate or slower-paced market, you have more time to process what you see and weigh your options before deciding whether or not to make an offer. Find this out ahead of time so you're prepared with the right mindset going into the showings.

If you're ready to take the next step in your home search in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region, contact us at CG Shepherd Realty, LLC to find a Buyer Agent who will help you schedule home showings and represent your best interests throughout the home buying process.

Read How to Get the Most Out of Home Showings (Part 2) for practical tips to optimize your time inside each home.

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