Frequently Asked Questions from Home Buyers

People are naturally curious, and it’s an agent’s job to guide folks through the often-complex world of home buying. You might also imagine that some questions about real estate come up more often than others. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or repeat buyer who could use a refresher on how deals get done, here’s are some answers to the questions that come up most often.

What is the first step of the home buying process?

Unless you are paying cash for a house, you will need to get a mortgage. In order to know how much home you can afford, you will need to get pre-approved for a loan. This is the first-step in the home buying process.

What does a REALTOR® do?

A REALTOR® is your most valuable asset when buying a home. We will walk you through every part of the home buying process. We will educate and inform you of all your options. We will represent you throughout the transaction and beyond.

How much do I have to pay a Realtor® as a homebuyer?              

In most cases, you do not have to pay your REALTOR® anything to help you purchase a home. The sellers pays their REALTOR® a fee, and then that listing agent pays the buyer’s agent for bringing the buyer and facilitating the transaction.

How do I look for a home?

As real estate professionals, we have access to Multiple Listing Services, the largest computer databases of homes for sale, with more than 100,000 listings across the state. In addition to your online search, we will create a criteria profile that will notify us each time a similar listing will be hitting the market. We also have a network of agent allies which allows us to look out for properties that have not yet hit the market.

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