For most people, the first contact they make with a real estate agency is on the day they officially start shopping for a home. However, if you are in that preparation stage — the stage where you're getting ready to buy, but not yet ready to start looking at homes — there's a lot that a real estate agency can do to help you prepare. The following are some common real estate services that are helpful for people who are just starting to think about buying.
Budget Setting Services
Before you start shopping for a home, it is vital to know how much you can afford to spend on a home. You need a budget so that you can look at homes in the right price range and avoid over-spending on something you can't truly afford. But what is the right budget for you? That can be tough to decide on when you're a new buyer and are used to renting. Thankfully, a lot of real estate agencies offer counseling sessions during which they'll review your budget, talk to you about your finances, and help you decide on a realistic amount that you can afford to pay for a house.
Like and Dislike Recommendations
What are you looking for in a home? This can be a tough question to answer when you have not even looked at any homes yet. But you also don't want to waste a lot of time looking at homes that don't end up suiting your needs. You can have a sit-down session with a real estate agent and spend some time narrowing down what you will look for once you do start looking. If you tell your agent about your family and your lifestyle, they will make some recommendations and tell you what similar clients usually look for in a home.
You're not ready to pick out a house yet, but you can probably pick out a neighborhood. Tell your agent a little about what you're looking for in a neighborhood. Do you want to be close to parks for your kids? It is important that you're within 20 minutes of work? They'll make a short list of neighborhoods and help you examine them. When the time does come to start house shopping, you'll know where to focus your efforts.
You can and should contact a real estate agency a few months before you're actually ready to start house shopping. This will enable you to tackle the preparatory steps above.
Reach out to a real estate agency today to learn more.