Once you decide to purchase a home, the first major step is finding your real estate agent. Finding an agent that you get along with, respect, and most importantly trust is essential to being able to find the perfect home for you. Do your due diligence and really read an agent’s reviews and testimonials to see what other buyers and sellers felt while working with them and to see if they would be a good fit for you.
After finding your agent, the next step is setting up your initial buyers consultation. This is a meeting with your agent where you can really lay down the foundation so that both you and your agent feel prepared to start the process. This is an opportunity for the agent to get to know you and understand your needs.
For an initial buyer consultation, it’s really important to come prepared with clear ideas of what you’re looking for. In order to start your home search, the agent needs a strong understanding of what kind of home you’re looking for and in what location. It’s helpful to do some research on your own and drive around neighborhoods or take a look around your current home or friends homes and compile a wishlist of things you know you want in your home purchase.
Equally as important as knowing the style of home and location you like, is knowing what your budget and price range is. Price point automatically narrows down your potential home pool and gives the agent the strongest foundation to start your journey. Coming prepared for your consultation knowing what you can afford is essential to a successful home buying process. If you aren’t sure what you can afford, check out the link in the description and use our mortgage calculator to find out.
Once you are prepared with what you’re looking for in a home, and what you can afford, it’s time to sit down with your agent and discuss your options with them. While knowing what you’re looking for and coming prepared is important, your agent is an expert on the area and will be able to offer information that you may not be able to find on your own. Agents have access to behind the scenes knowledge which can impact your opinion and influence elements you’re looking for in a home once you’re ready to start your home search.
The initial buyer consultation is an opportunity for you and your agent to get to know each other better and develop a game plan for the next steps in the process, paving the way for getting you and your family into the right home.
If you’re looking to purchase a home in the Bay Area, reach out! Our team of top real estate agents are local experts and can help your home buying process be as stress-free as possible.