Buying your first home is one of the most important investment and personal decisions of your life. It's also one of the most complex transactions you may ever undertake.
Your first step involves deciding how you will approach your home search. Who will you work with throughout this process — and how will you work with them? Ask yourself, "Do I want barbara working with me or for me?" There is a difference!
As a buyer, you have a choice in representation. Many buyers today choose to have Barbara represent their interests in a real estate transaction. This is also known as Agency Representation (or fiduciary representation), which simply means that the RE/MAX agent you hire is legally bound to represent your interests. This involves the highest standard of care and extreme loyalty to you, the "client." Some agents will work with you as a "customer," which carries a different level of responsibility. Most real estate professionals require a client relationship because it allows them to provide the full range of services that buyers need and deserve. Barbara will discuss representation with you and will request your commitment in writing for this level of service.
As a first-time homebuyer, it's important that you find someone you feel completely comfortable with, who you can trust, and who listens to you and respects your views. They have the market knowledge and expertise, but at the end of the day, it's your home and your investment, so you must be able to work well with your agent. Experienced, professional RE/MAX agent like Barbara understands and excels at this.
Like in so many professions, reputation and word-of-mouth are crucial. Indeed, for RE/MAX agents, client and agent referrals account for about 70% of business.
There are many good reasons to work with a qualified real estate professional like Barbara. She will provide you with the highest standard of care and extreme loyalty to you as the client.
- Understand your specific needs and wants, and locate appropriate properties.
- Assist you in determining how much you can afford.
- Help you get pre-approved for your mortgage.
- Preview and/or accompany you in viewing properties.