Step One: Finding a Realtor
Most people start their home buying search by looking at sites such as Realtor.com, Zillow or Trulia. That’s completely fine and understandable, but Step1 to buying a home would be to find a Realtor to represent you.
Searching online at Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, etc. on your own takes a LOT of time. It’s not to say you shouldn’t be cruising the websites for homes or properties that interest you, you could. It’s part of your education process. However, engaging multiple realtors can create a stop and start motion that will inevitably side track the process. Finding a realtor that can commit to getting you to your real estate goal should be a high priority and first on the list after you determine your spending power (of simultaneously). In the long run you’ll find the process to be much more fluid, less complicated and frustrating along with likely finding a lifetime realtor to help with your lifetime real estate needs.
Once you’ve met face to face with your Realtor and mutually determined a good fit, your Realtor can set you up with an automatic search via the MLS (Multiple Listing System). This means every time a property with your specific search parameters comes on the market you’ll be emailed a list of all new properties matching your criteria or price reductions which now put a property in your budget. This is a HUGE time saver. And if you’re in a market, like the Wine Country, where great properties sell in a matter of weeks, it can be an enormous advantage to be able to get in and to see a property within a day or two of it going on the market.
So, how do you find and pick a Realtor? Well, hopefully you’ll contact our team at 707-800-2225 or Annalise@WineCountryInfusion.com. We can meet in person and see if we would be a good fit for one another.
Remember, not all Realtors are right for all people. You need to find someone who is not only great at his or her job, but someone you like, as you’re going to be spending a lot of time with that person. It usually boils down to communication and whether the buyer and agent are able to communicate easily.
Note that if there’s a mutual agreement to work together, you and the Realtor have just created an implied agency agreement. In the State of California, there are documents to solidify a Realtor is representing a buyer however most agents rely in implied agency. An implied agency (representation) is created based on the ‘relationship’ between the buyer and Realtor. If a buyer is asking a Realtor to engage in activities that require representation, the implied agency is created.
So take the time to sit in front of a your prospective agent and get to know them. Small talk is fine as it gives you a chance to get comfortable. See if you click. If so, you need to determine if that person has the experience, customer service style that works for you and understanding of the market that you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.