If you are planning to buy a Houston home soon and have just started looking, you are likely to find many options online with just the click of your mouse. Once you begin to browse online, it is easy to wonder if you need a buyer’s agent at all. Because there is so much information available to you instantly, it is tempting to think you don’t need help to buy a house. The reality is that finding a house is the easy part. Making sure you have selected the right house and preparing yourself to purchase that house and then getting that house closed can present challenges. Here are ways your agent can help.
The first thing an agent can do for you is to educate you on the process and what to expect. If you have never bought a house before or just aren’t sure what all to expect, they will explain the different steps and ensure you don’t skip over anything important. When selecting an agent to work with, take the time to find the best agent for you. It may not be the first agent you meet at an open house, the agent on the for sale sign down the street from you or the agent that responds to your Zillow request for more information. Make sure the agent you pick to help you with the biggest purchase in your life has the credentials that are most important to you. You will want an agent that specializes in the area you are interested in, has the experience to help you and truly has your best interests at heart.
After you have selected an agent, spend some time explaining what you are looking for. While you are likely scouring the Internet for the perfect home, the agent should also make you aware of homes that meet your criteria as well. As we go into the busy spring market, buyers are frequently waiting for homes to hit the market. If your agent knows what you are looking for, they may be aware of homes that haven’t come on the market yet that can give you an advantage over everyone else waiting for homes to come online.
Your agent will also view homes with you and can offer some advice on what they see. They may notice things that have to do with the condition of the home or the area the property is located in that you may not pick up on. Another area that your agent will be helpful is in determining the value of the home you want to purchase. The value should be determined by reviewing recent comparable sales along with the condition of the home and making adjustments for the home’s differences. This can be a complicated process and would take lots of time for you to gather the necessary information to determine how much the home is worth. Your agent will be able to review all of the data available to them and make recommendations about the price you should offer when you are ready to purchase a home.
Next, your agent will prepare an offer to purchase for you and present the offer to the listing agent of the property. They will represent you in the negotiation process and help you understand what everything means if you have to go through several rounds of negotiations. Once the property is officially under contract your agent will guide you through the rest of the process. This includes helping you arrange any inspections that should be done on the property, working with the closing agent to make sure they have all the necessary information to get the property ready to close and ensuring you are taking the necessary steps with your mortgage lender to have your mortgage ready and waiting for you.
Getting to closing can be a really big deal and lots of things can pop up during the process from items that come up on the inspections to title issues and newly discovered property liens. Your agent will be looking out for you throughout this time to make sure that the property closes so you can purchase the home of your dreams.
Hiring an agent is similar to hiring a doctor or lawyer. They will look out for your best interests and share their specialized knowledge with you giving you the peace of mind that you aren’t handling this all alone.
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