Was it online, by referral, at an open house or with your old agent?
The statistics show us that most buyers start their search online months before they are ready and according to the National Association of REALTORS®, 87% of buyers purchased their home through an agent. So where in the process are you engaging with an agent and how are you finding them?
Today we see malls dying, stores closing and people buying everything from airline tickets, household items, and even groceries online, so we get it. However, plane tickets, vitamins or household items are not the same as buying a home. For one buying a home comes with a huge commitment not only financially but emotionally. On top of that, when you are ready, you will need the services of a REALTOR® to help you find the home, negotiate, prepare the paperwork and get you to closing. So wouldn't it be wise to start with an agent before you start the process?
Looking around the web and calling various agents may seem harmless but I can't tell you how many times we talk to buyers that say "I'm not working with an agent" only to find out they signed a buyer contract. What happens is they view a home, wrote an offer and unbeknownst to them they signed a buyer contract with that agent. If you're planning on using that agent all the way through the process that's fine but you could owe them money if you decide to jump ship.
If you have an agent you like and trust, then use them. Next, ask for a referral from friends, family, or co-workers. If these aren't an option, use an agent you've built a rapport with online. Calling around willy-nilly or having agents pop up to show you one or two homes is not in your best interest. Neither is walking in open houses where the agent is representing the seller.
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