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5 Reasons You Should Have a Buyer Consultation

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5 Reasons You Should Have A Buyer Consultation.

In today’s world, we have access to a lot of information.  We also have a lot of options when it comes to hiring a Realtor.  Yes, I said hiring a Realtor.  As a Realtor, we may not get paid like a typical employee but we are expected to do the job all the same.  This is why it is important for you to understand how to hire the realtor who is right for you.  Here I am going to share with you the top 5 reasons I think that you should have a Buyer Consultation.

 1)  You get the opportunity to interview your agent.

Purchasing a home could be one of the largest investments that you are going to make in your life. It is important that you feel comfortable and confident with the professional you are choosing to help you navigate through what can be a very expensive process. You should interview your realtor just like you would interview someone in any traditional situation. This is a job and you should choose someone who will work well with you and for you. If you don’t feel comfortable with this person at the consultation, you can simply continue your search. That way, you have not asked the agent to do any work for you that has the potential to make you feel obligated to continue on in a working relationship with them.

2)  You get the opportunity to clearly express what you want.

You are the buyer. You are spending your hard earned money. You should find what you want. The only way your Realtor is going to find you what you are looking for is if you have the opportunity to clearly tell them what you want. This conversation should cover more than number of bedrooms and neighborhood preferences. Your realtor should ask you pointed questions that help to give them a good sense of your likes and dislikes. One or two quick phone conversations could leave you house hunting for a very long time.

3)  Roles and expectations can be clearly identified.

This is very important to understand when working with a Realtor. It is important for your agent to explain, in detail, the job they are going to do for you. It is also important that they express what they need from you in order to help you. This will help them make your experience as pleasant and profitable as possible. This is also the time for you to express what you expect from your Realtor and how you would like the relationship to work. This is the time when you can discuss your preferred method of contact.  An example:  If your agent prefers to contact you via text message but you drive a truck for a living, you may need to discuss an alternate form of communication what will work for both of you.  If your agent cannot provide the things that you require, it may be necessary, for you to continue your search.

 4)  This is when you can put your game plan together. 

In any situation, it is important to have a game plan. This is the point when the agent can help you establish a timeline. Whether it is getting your credit together and going through the pre-approval process or setting up dates to send you properties to review. A plan keeps wrong expectations and disappointments from ruining what otherwise would be a great working relationship.

 5)  You become educated in the process before the process starts.

There’s nothing worse than flying by the seat of your pants when hundreds of thousands of dollars are hanging in the balance. It’s nice, to know what to expect, before it happens. The buyer consultation gives the Realtor the opportunity to explain how the whole purchase process works before you walk through it. They can prepare you for the challenges and answer any questions that you may have about the process. That way when issues arise, you won’t be caught off guard. It is easy as a buyer to feel misled and become defensive because something unexpected has happened. This is very common because buying a house can be an emotionally taxing experience. If you had been advised that this could happen, before it happened, you would be much more prepared to handle the situation with a level head.

 If you would like to know more about the buyer consultation or would like to sit down with me for an interview feel free to contact me. Even if you don’t, I hope you find this information helpful.

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