Buying a home is a big deal!
There are many things to consider – What can you afford? When do you want to move? Where do you want to live? What kind of requirements do you have in a home? Do you want a new home or a re-sale home? And that is only the beginning.
It is vitally important to hire the right Realtor for you and your family up front.
Interestingly, most home owners will interview more than one agent when it comes to selling their home. They want to know the agent’s history, how many houses they sell, what kind of clients they work with, what their marketing plan is, what the costs are, etc. However; when it comes to buying a home (which we believe to be an equally important task) the same research and interviewing is definitely not the norm.
We are a believer in educating our clients.
All new buyers that we take on meet with us for a consultation, usually over a coffee, for the following reasons:
- to review the home buying process;
- to get to know each other, making sure we communicate well and are comfortable with each other;
- to ensure we are clear about what you are looking for and your real estate goals;
- to review our responsibilities to you and yours to us should we decide to partner together;
- to get some paperwork out of the way; and
- to answer any questions you might have.
All clients must be thoroughly pre-qualified for financing (should they need it) prior to beginning the search process and we are happy to offer access excellent mortgage partners that we would use ourselves and refer our closest family and friends to (which is a regular occurence).
We also make use of a Buyer Brokerage Agreement – this is a contract between our buyers and us outlining our responsibilities to each other, and how we will be paid for our services. Essentially, this is the purchasing equivalent of the contract you would sign to list your home.
A couple other things about buying a home with us:
We maintain partnerships with all the professionals you may need throughout the home buying process and when getting settled into your home. This includes lawyers, home inspectors, mortgage professionals, trades, interior designers, etc.
We don’t take on more buyers than we feel that we can provide service to at once and maintain the flexibility to be available when you need us. We pride ourselves on providing a high and consistent level of service to every single client that we will not compromise. We make use of a LOT of checklists to ensure nothing gets missed, and we have them for you!
We stay in regular contact with our buyers. One of the biggest complaints we hear about the real estate industry is that clients don’t hear from their Realtors. When we decide to work together, we are making a committment to you to not dissapear. In fact, we often tell our clients that there is “no getting rid of us until you are in your new home, settled, and happy”.
We are not pushy, sales-y Realtors. We are partners and consultants whose primary focus is helping you find the right home for you. We will not push you to make decisions that you are not ready for, and we will always be honest with you – if we think you shouldn’t buy a particular house, we will let you know.
We are happy to work with you on MLS listed re-sale homes, new-build homes, and for sale by owner homes.