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Home Shopping

Home
Buyer Process
How Much
Can I Afford?
Shop for
a Mortgage
Get
Pre-Qualified
Home
Shopping
Make An
Offer
Inspection
Insurance
Get Your
Keys

After you pre-qualified for a home mortgage, the next step is to start looking for your dream home. In shopping for a home, you have to choices either you do it yourself or you hire someone else. While you can do the home shopping yourself you should seek the help of professional real estate agents.

Why a real estate agent is helpful in-home shopping?

  • Understand what price you have to pay—The agent will tell you the right price of the property you will be buying.
  • Find affordable mortgage lenders—The agent will also take time to seek a mortgage lender that is affordable and can offer better service.
  • Get the home inspected—The agent will also have the first crack of the home you are looking for and will tell you to feedback either bad or good on the property.
  • Get title insurance and surveys—The agent will also take care of the insurance and surveys of the property.
  • Handle the requests of all the parties involved in the transaction—The agent will also take care of all the requests of all the parties involved in the transaction.
  • Respond to problems along the way—Moreover, the agent will also handle all the problems as you shop for your dream house.

Tips on finding a good real estate agent

To get a great deal on your dream house you need to pick a good and trustworthy real estate agent.

Listed below are some tips on how to find a good real estate agent.

  • Your agent should be there to look out for your best interests.
  • Choose someone you feel comfortable with and who explains the home buying process in a way you fully understand.
  • Ask friends or family for agent recommendations.
  • Interview several agents before selecting someone to represent you.
  • Select someone who is licensed in the state you are buying in and familiar with the areas you want to live in.

How agents get paid

A buyer’s agent usually is paid through the commission fees the seller pays his or her agent. These fees are split by the seller’s agent and buyer’s agent at closing. Typically, a buyer’s agent will have the buyer sign a contract, which is an agreement between the buyer and the buyer’s agent. The agreement states whether it is exclusive or non-exclusive.

Now that you know the intricacies of home shopping, it’s time to know on the next page how we can make an offer for your dream house.