Find a Realtor with whom you click
When looking for a Realtor, find one with whom you really have a connection. 'It's important to click with your Realtor,' says Donna Vanneste, Real Estate Agent, Coldwell Banker. 'Does the realtor feel honest and authentic? Can you tell they will be patient and educate you, so you can really learn and understand the market?' Other things to ask yourself are, do you feel confident they are working on your behalf and not just trying to slam dunk you into a home to get the sale? Is the Realtor knowledgeable of the specific neighborhoods and areas you are interested in living so they can negotiate a good price for you? It is always a good idea to talk to a few of the realtors' recent buyers to find out if they experienced good communication and follow up.
Love at First Site
Be patient. 'First-time home buyers can easily to get excited about a house and fall in love just because it's staged with nice furniture and has a few nice updates,' says Vanneste. 'But when the frenzy is over, will the next buyer see the value in a normal market?' Even if you think you are in love, watch out for DIY projects that haven't been done correctly. Always note the age of roof, windows, siding, and mechanicals -- such as furnace and air conditioner. These home maintenance projects add up in overall home cost if you have to make these repairs soon after the purchase of your new home and are a must to be considered when comparing other homes on the market. If you do move into a home with an old roof, here are a few good tips on how to fix your roof.
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