HOW TO BUY A HOME
A REALTOR® GUIDE
Shelley O’Hara, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying & Selling a Home, says,
“When you announce your desire to purchase a house, you may be surprised at the number of real estate people who want to represent you. Agents come out of the woodwork. You won’t have to worry too much about finding an agent – you do need to worry about finding a good one.”
Finding a Buyer’s Agent
- Ask your friends, family or co-workers who have purchased houses or property in the Boulder area for any agents that they can recommend. 75% of the business at RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. comes from repeat clients and referrals.
- Look at the local paper. Do any of the companies advertising stand out from the crowd? Does any office have a larger or better advertising presence than RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc.?
- Once you have selected a good company like RE/MAX of Boulder, keep in mind that each individual office is different. Select an office that has a solid reputation for success. RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. has led the region in per agent volume for 25 of the last 30 years.
- Select an agent.
- If you have trouble deciding on who would be right for you, contact our broker, D.B. Wilson. Describe what you’re looking for in an agent, and he will make a few recommendations of skilled agents who can guide you through the home buying process.
- It’s always a good idea to interview 2 or 3 agents to find a good match in terms of personality and real estate know-how. All our agents at RE/MAX of Boulder share the skills needed to find you a great home, but each person has a different personality. Because buying a home can at times be stressful and rewarding, you need to choose an agent that you feel comfortable with and who can be a guide for buying your new Boulder County home. You want an agent who is honest, prepared, involved, and informed.
Questions to Ask A Prospective Agent
Q: How long have you worked in the real estate industry?
Q: Do you work full-time as a real estate agent, or do you have another job?
Q: Do you hold any special designations?
Q: Have you ever had a complaint filed against you?
Q: Do you have a list of references I can call?
Q: What is your availability?
Q: Are you part of a team?
Q: How many buyers have you worked with in the last year?
Q: Do you offer Buyer Agency?
Q: Do you work in my price range?
Q: When will I hear from you?
Some agents will e-mail weekly, while others will call monthly. Be sure to cover this topic so that neither party will feel that their expectations were not met.
NOW IT’S TIME TO FIND THE
BEST BUYER’S AGENT FOR YOU
Now that you’ve hired an agent, be sure to communicate with them. If they’re showing you homes that won’t work for you, tell them. If the master bedrooms aren’t large enough to accommodate your furniture, tell them. If you want a larger yard, tell them. Agents work for you, so it’s up to you to provide honest feedback.
When you hire the right Buyer’s Agent, you will find that the process of buying a home can be fun, informative and much less stressful.
SELL YOUR HOME
BOULDER & BEYOND