Buying a home is a major investment, and it comes with a lot of variables. From finding the right neighborhood to determining how much home your budget allows, it is a complicated task. Because of the difficulties involved, many prospective homebuyers decide to work with a full-service realtor. When deciding on who you’d like to work with, it’s best to consider what characteristics you’re looking for and the concerns you may have.
Realtors adhere to an extensive code of ethics, such as how to handle all payments and ensuring everyone involved is properly notified on each decision.
Some examples of ethics Realtors are required to abide by range from the following:
- Value client interests above your own
- Do not discriminate against any person
- Never mislead of withhold facts about a residential property
- Get clear consent from all clients before accepting payment
- Ensure all parties involved are aware of every decision and provided documentation
While meeting a Realtor for the first time is exciting, we recommend a few steps before our introductory meeting. For one, getting ahead of the process by coming with a preapproval letter from a mortgage lender gives us a good idea on the type of loan you qualify for and what your budget is.
We are happy to refer you to a mortgage lender to get preapproved for a home loan. Remember, timing is key in a hot housing market.
The next step would be to think about what you’re looking for in terms of home design, the type of neighborhood you prefer, and additional factors that matter to you. We are here to help you find your dream home, so the more information you can share early on, then the easier that task will be for them.
In summary, remember to take your time when choosing the Realtor to help you buy your home. It can make the difference between smooth sailing and sinking!
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