What to do BEFORE you contact an agent

January 26, 2017

Buying, selling, renting, and/or moving can be equal parts exciting and scary.  Preparation is the key to calming your nerves and reaching your goals more quickly.  If you are looking to buy a home, reach out to your bank or a mortgage originator to see what you can afford.  Any experienced agent will need this information before starting the search for your new home.  Once you have that information, reach out to an agent that you trust and want to work with.  Sure, you can find someone on the internet, but why not ask your friends and family if they know of someone who is reputable and will work to get you to your goals?

Now that you have your financing and agent in place, it is time to think about your list of “wants” and “needs” in your new home.  A “need” is something that is nonnegotiable, 3 bedrooms so your kids have their own space, or you have to be no more than 15 minutes from the Northway.  “Wants” are factors that you would like, but wouldn’t be a deal breaker.  Maybe you wanted a big backyard, but can trade that off for a smaller yard in the neighborhood that you desire.

With all these tools, you and your agent should be able to work together in a way that is efficient, fun, and helps you find the home of your dreams.

By Angela Amedio, Lic. RE Salesperson