Working with the right Realtor will save you time, money and help protect you with most likely one of the most important decisions you are about to make. This decision should not be taken lightly. If you haven't interview at least 2-3 realtors before you make a decision who to work with, you might be missing out on a better fit. Sometimes it is great to get that perfect referral from a friend or family member. Other times it may not work out. Our advice is to do a lot of research, set up multiple interviews and choose the realtor is most qualified for the job. If you're looking for realtor who specializes in marketing and sells homes very effectively for the most amount of money, then the guy who has sold his last 10 homes to Buyers might not be the right fit.
Here is a breakdown of how you might want to look at the Home Buying Process.
Figuring out how much time you should spend viewing properties for sale is a little like asking, “How long should I spend trying on shoes?” The answer seems obvious: As long as it takes to make a decision! Buying a home is significantly more complex than purchasing shoes – and the stakes are higher too! You need to make sure you have all the information necessary to confidently make the best decision. There are basically three stages to viewing a property:
When you view a home on a macro basis, you’re looking at it from an overall perspective.
For example, you may do a general walk-through to get a first impression and determine if the property has the basic features you need, such as the number of bedrooms and the size of the backyard. Macro viewing is often the fastest stage in the viewing process and can sometimes take just a few minutes. If you like what you see, then it’s onto the micro stage. At this stage you take a closer look at the details of the property. You might, for example, spend extra time in the master bedroom imagining how your furniture would look and fit. The micro stage takes longer simply because the home is now on your shortlist. You’re interested and are considering making an offer. Finally, the professional stage involves getting a qualified home inspector to go over the property with a fine tooth comb. That typically occurs after you’ve made an offer. Read more about the Home Buying Process.