When you are looking to buy or sell a home, you probably consider the pros and cons of For Sale by Owner or working with a real estate agent. Everyone has different needs and comes from different situations, but it’s important to consider some of the positive factors involved in working with an agent. So, if you decide that working with a pro is the way you want to go, we have some tips below to assist you in choosing a real estate provider, and learning how they work with your homebuying team.
Know Your Team
In 2017, we shared this blog about the people you’ll likely interact with when buying a new home. While the market has changed over the last five years, much of the information is still the same. Along with an independent mortgage lender like me and my team at GoPrime Mortgage in West Asheville, you may also work with:
- A real estate agent
- A closing attorney / closing agent
- Insurance brokers
It’s essential to remember that the closing attorney/agent’s role will differ depending on the state in which you’re looking to purchase. If you need assistance getting your financials in solid shape before applying for your mortgage, it might be helpful to work with a credit repair service to help you.
Choosing an Agent
We encourage homebuyers to start with the pre-qualification process to nail down a budget before starting the search for their home. Once that’s in order, you’ll want to work with a reputable agent in your desired area. It might be helpful to start by asking friends and family for their recommendations; find someone you trust and has experience in your area. It never hurts to check out their online reviews either!
Another thing many people overlook is ensuring that you and your real estate agent have a good rapport. By partnering with an agent, you are setting the foundation for a long-term relationship with someone who can help you again in the future, so don’t underestimate how well you like working with them.
Ask for Referrals
At GoPrime Mortgage in West Asheville, we have built relationships with many local real estate agents, and we’d be happy to make introductions and recommendations. Throughout the pre-qualification process, we will get to know you. Based on what we learn about your budget, needs, and personality, we would be happy to put you in touch with agents we believe might be a good match.
Do you want to dive deeper into who you may be working with when buying a home in the area? Start by contacting me at GoPrime Mortgage in West Asheville.