When you're ready to think about buying or selling your property,
you need to ask yourself the following questions: Do you have
the time, energy, sources of information, and contacts to
do the job yourself? If you were one of the 'do-it-yourself'
people, would the results be as good or better than they would
be if you had professional assistance? Would it have gone
smoother? Would it have given you more personal time? Would
you have purchased for less, or sold for more, if a real estate
agent was involved? Read the following information and learn
how a real estate agent can help you understand everything
you need to know about a real estate transaction.
The Buying Process
The process of buying a home or investment generally starts
with determining your buying power; that is, your financial
reserves plus your borrowing capacity. If you give us some
basic information about your available savings, income and
current debt, we can refer you to lenders best qualified to
help you. Most lenders-banks and mortgage companies-offer
Finding your next home
Once you know how much you can and want to invest, the next
step is to find the properties that most nearly fit your needs.
This is the time to choose professional real estate licensee.
Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not
actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation
by your agent to find all available properties.
With a negotiated agreement in hand, it is time to complete
the evaluation of the property. Depending on the area and
property, this could include inspections for termites, dry
rot, asbestos, faulty structure, roof condition, septic tank
and well tests, just to name a few. As your agent, we can
assist you in finding qualified responsible professionals
to do most of these investigations and provide you with written
reports. You will also want to see a preliminary report on
the title of the property. Title indicates ownership of property
and can be mired in confusing status of past owners or rights
of access. The title to most properties will have some limitations;
for example, easements (access rights) for utilities. Your
agent, title company or attorney can help you resolve issues
that might cause problems at a later date.
Closing or Settlement
Finally, there is the closing, or settlement, as it is known
in different parts of the country. Every area has its own
unique customs. In some areas, the title or escrow company
will handle this process. In other parts of the country, an
attorney does it all. Again, your real estate agent can guide
you through this process and make sure everything flows together
How Do Real Estate Agents Get Paid?
Real estate agents or brokers are generally paid through
the sales commission paid by the seller when a transaction
closes. Agents have expenses and financial obligations just
like you, so it will be to your mutual benefit if you choose
a real estate agent and stick with that person. The agent
will respect your loyalty and respond with a sincere commitment
You Be the Judge!
Real Estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial
investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions
today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income
tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the
help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal question, would
you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering
the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would
be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without professional