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Buying a Home-Your Responsibilities to your Agent

When shopping around for a real estate agent to handle the purchase of your next home it is common to focus on the responsibilities of the agent in order to ensure they meet them. It is important; however, to understand that you have responsibilities as a home buyer as well in order to ensure a smooth transaction. When you understand what you can do to help your agent during the process you increase the chances of closing your transaction faster with fewer complications.

The first important step is to make sure that you get pre-approved by a bank or lending institution before you actually begin looking at homes. If you wait until after the fact, and there is an unexpected problem with your financing this could cause a number of problems. In addition to the fact that you could be unknowingly browsing homes that are out of your price range, you will have wasted a lot of your own time as well as your agent’s. Taking the time to get pre-approved before you begin house shopping also improves the chances of your offer being accepted when you do find a house you like. Pre-approval can also give you an idea of how much to expect in terms of closing costs so there are no unexpected surprises down the road.

It is also important to give some serious thought to what you need and want in a home before you begin the house hunting process. Be aware that while you may not be able to find the ‘perfect’ house, it’s a good idea to prioritize what is most important to you in terms of your next home. Make sure your agent knows this so they can tailor the search to meet your needs.

Respect your agent’s experience and opinion. Sometimes a house may not look like much on the MLS sheet but looks can be deceiving, particularly in photographs. If your agent thinks you should look at a particular house, go ahead and at least do a walk-through of the home. If you find after the walk-through that something about the house didn’t suit you, let the agent know what the problem was so they can better target their search for your next home.

Be cooperative in handling paperwork and handle things in a timely fashion. It causes problems for everyone when you delay in getting documents signed. If for some reason there is a problem with getting any paperwork completed, be sure you keep your agent updated.

Never stand your agent up for an appointment. Agents generally work on a very tight schedule and if you fail to show for an appointment that is time they could spend working with another client. If for some reason you cannot make a scheduled appointment, let your agent know as soon as possible so they can handle their schedule appropriately.

If you haven’t heard from your agent in awhile, don’t be afraid to follow-up. This is particularly true if you have already made and had an offer accepted on a home. The closing process involves a very tight timeframe. Make sure you speak to your agent at least once a week to be sure everything is still going smoothly with the anticipated closing date. If you do have concerns about the process, speak to your agent and be honest about those concerns. Along the same line, if there is something about the process which you do not understand, don’t hesitate to ask your agent to explain the matter to you. Everything works much smoothly when everyone cooperates and has a clear understanding of the situation.
 
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