Finding the right people to help with the home buying process can make all the difference.
Realtor – The best realtors are the ones who have been referred, are well organized, and take time to get to know you. When interviewing, ask them -
- Can you show me comparable homes that you have sold?
- The best will have multiple homes sold in the past year in the same price range with less time on the market and sold at or near asking price.
- How do you plan to keep me updated on a regular basis?
- The best will keep you in the loop. Ours sent us a very personal weekly market update related to our home (showings, interest, appointments) along with a calendar of due dates.
- Do you think we can find what we’re looking for in our budget?
- The best will either say yes or reset your expectations, they won’t try to get you to buy more home than you can afford.
Lender – Let’s be honest, we really want the best rate! But there are a few other things to consider. When interviewing, ask them –
- Is it possible that I will find a better rate somewhere else? If so, why?
- The best will encourage you to shop around!
- What do you think of our maximum budget?
- The best will let you know the max they can offer but will not encourage you to spend any more than your budget.
- Can you show me an estimated payment projection for multiple purchase prices?
- The best will get back to you that day! When it comes to coordinating lending, time can be imperative and your need a responsive lender.
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