Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Home Buying Process: Step 3

This is the third post of ten in a series about the home buying process.  The purpose of this series is to educate the reader on different steps in the process to ease any anxiety of the unknown.  Whether you are a first-time buyer or have purchased in the past, it is always advantageous to be up-to-date with the latest news and information to make your path to home ownership as smooth as possible.
Step #1:  Initial Consultation
Step #2:  Get Pre-Approved

Step #3:  The Home Search
This is where the fun begins!  Statistics show that the typical home buyer has already begun their home search on a website such as this- (homes for sale gahanna ohio).  In fact, it is likely that a buyer at this stage has been looking at homes on the internet for nearly six months.  While the internet is a great place to start on your own, it is often flooded with out-of-date listings and misleading information.  Your agent will help you narrow your focus, and will help you to view homes that are the right fit for you.  Some things to expect in step three...
          1.  Personalized search to access:  I set my clients up with a personalized website through the MLS that they can access at any time.  When we meet to discuss their search criteria, I use the characteristics we discuss to set them up automatic notifications of homes that meet their desires.  This allows them to be notified instantly whenever a new home hits the market.  They then can eliminate homes they don't love, revisit the ones that they are iffy about, or can tag them as a favorite to let me know they wish to see this home in person.  This saves a lot of time for both my clients.

          2.  Showings:  Pictures and video tours are nice, but nothing is the same as touring a home in person.  Whenever a property catches the eye of a buyer, an agent can set up a showing.  It is common courtesy to give 24 hours or so for the seller to clean up the home, so be sure to communicate your free time to your agent so that adequate notice can be given.  Typically your agent will ask you to block off about two hours and will set up a series of showings so that you can be more efficient with your time.

          3.  Rethinking your criteria:  Whether you need to expand your thinking or to narrow it down, as time goes on you should always evaluate your criteria.  It is important to be communicating with your agent as you see homes and letting them know what you like and dislike.  I know it sounds funny, but don't be afraid of hurting the agent's feelings (you won't).  Tell your agent what you dislike if there is something that comes up... if they don't know what you don't like, they'll continue to show you homes with those characteristics.

I encourage you to be picky during this time.  Buying a home is a decision that should not be taken lightly.  The process should be fun, not stressful.  Part of the reason I am writing about the buying process is that often times it is the lack of knowledge of certain events that stresses people out.  Hopefully these posts educate you so that you can enjoy the process of finding your home.

If you have any further questions about buying a home or would like to get set up with a personalized site to view homes, do not hesitate to contact me or to create your own search with the tabs at the top of the page.

Take care,
Scott Morrison

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