You have been pre-approved or at least pre-qualified for a mortgage.
You know where you want to live and have an idea of what you would like to live in.
You are ready to buy a home.
Where to begin?????
You’ve checked the paper and the real estate publications.
You have surfed the net.
You have talked to friends, relatives and co-workers.
Just driving around on a weekend and seeing Open Houses can be fun and educational. You’ll learn very quickly what you like in a house and what you can get for your money. It will help you decide on area and neighborhood. Calling ads in the newspaper or on the Internet, asking friends and neighbors and of course, engaging the services of a professional Realtor.
As time passes, you will have a good basis of comparison for your housing wants and needs. You will know what type of house you want; whether it will be an existing home or new construction, a condo or a multi family. You will also know which towns you would like to live in, and what represents value.
If you have decided to use the services of a Realtor, be sure that you understand the Agency Relationship. The Listing Agent always works for the seller. A Professional Realtor is bound by the Code of Ethics and will always treat you honestly but their contractual relationship is with the Seller. Anything you say in reference to negotiations must be disclosed to the Seller. If you have any questions about this matter, please be sure to ask.