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What First-Time Homebuyers Need To Know (Part 2)

March 2, 2012

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Welcome back to the second part of our first-time home buyers series.  Last time we guided first-buyers through the financial aspect of the house buying journey, and now the next step is finding the right Realtor for you.

Finding the Right Fit

Consider the Realtor your guide through the wilderness of home buying…as important as Sacajawea was to Lewis and Clark. But how to find a good one?

  •  Word of mouth  Ask family and business colleagues: If they had a good experience with a Realtor, they will be happy to recommend them to you.
  • Search Engines Check your local paper and websites: Realtors who advertise or host blogs are working hard to stay visible. You want a dedicated professional on your team.
  • What kind? Look for Realtor who specializes in selling residential (not commercial) property in the area in which you are interested in buying: They’ll know the history of the homes available, the price points of the area, important facts about the neighborhood and its residents, and might even know of homes soon-to-be-listed before they even go “on sale.”
  • Face to Face Narrow your list and interview the Realtors.  Explain your situation, your price range, what type of home you are looking for and see how the Realtor listens to you, asks pertinent questions and gets back to you with information. They should compete for your business and be enthusiastic about working with you.
  • Ask away Listen carefully how fully the Realtor answers your questions (and educates you by answering questions you haven’t thought to ask) and how available they are to you both by phone (or via email if you prefer) and how responsive they are to arranging showings according to your schedule.
  • Connections Find out if realtor is technically savvy in a way that fits your technology prowess? Can they send you photos and home tour videos via email of homes for sale? Is the Realtor comfortable texting or tweeting you? Down the road a bit, there may be a home you are competing for and time may be of the essence. Can they use technology to be the first off the mark?
  • Fine print Can you understand it easily when the Realtor explains the paperwork involved in your home search (including the agreement you sign with the Realtor him/herself)? Make sure everything is clear to you before you sign.
  • And the winner is Pick the Realtor that you feel comfortable with and intuitively trust. You are partners in this important chapter of your life—buying your first home—and you deserve to expect a professional and caring partner in the Realtor you choose.

One of the expert Realtors at C21 Affiliated Chicago will be delighted to help you begin searching for your first home and will welcome your call to interview them. The next step in your journey is finding the perfect home!

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About century21affiliatedchicago

Century 21 Affiliated-Chicago (“C21AC”) is a full service real estate brokerage firm located in Chicago with a focus on residential and commercial properties. Our agent base and management team includes a wide range of specialties serving customer needs across the ever changing real estate landscape, with expertise in many niches, including REO transactions, investment sales, bulk purchasers and sellers, commercial product and traditional residential transactions. C21AC is part of Century 21 Affiliated (“Affiliated”), a top 5 franchisee in the Century 21 system with over 30 locations across the Midwest and over 32 years of history. C21AC entered the Chicago market in February 2011 to re-launch the Century 21 brand in the downtown area and to bring a proven operating platform to the large and fragmented Chicago real estate market. At Century 21 Affiliated, the customer comes first. Our complete commitment to delivering top-notch customer service to our clients is what distinguishes us from our competitors and makes us such a powerful force in the real estate industry. Specialties Residential Sales, Commercial Sales, Short Sales, Bulk Sales, REO's, Leasing, Business Services

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