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By Paula Swayne | Broker in Sacramento, CA


When you decided it was time to own a home of your own, did it seem completely overwhelming?  According to a 2009 survey, 90% of all buyers started their process by going on the Internet.  On average, you looked at 12 homes over a 3 month period.  Your favorite method was the Internet, with a real estate agent coming next and the third most popular was signage. All other methods dropped dramatically after these 3.

I sincerely believe that there is a better, more efficient way to find your dream home.  There is a way to easily learn the process and actually have a positive experience.  The surprising thing is that there aren't more buyers using this method.  I am sure you want to know the secret...and here it is...

Hire a Realtor.  No, not after you have spent 3 months on the Internet.  Now.  Not after you have been touring homes for months on your own.  NOW! Why? Well...

  • As a buyer, it doesn't cost you a dime. (The caveat here is that you haven't signed a buyer/broker agreement...that is your choice.)
  • After you have shared the features you want in your home, your Realtor can wade through all of the properties that aren't what you want, so you aren't wasting valuable time looking at properties that won't work for you.
  • Your Realtor can recommend lenders that have shown themselves to be professionals that will work hard for your best interests.
  • Your Realtor will write a contract that protects you and at the same time is acceptable to a seller.
  • Your Realtor will recommend home inspectors and help you through the repair negotiations.
  • Your Realtor will be with you when you sign your buyers documents to be certain that they adhere to the contract.

You don't have to do this on your own.  Reach out to friends and family to discover their recommendations for Realtors that have done an excellent job for them.  Interview those Realtors to find one that you feel comfortable with.  Then...enjoy the experience!


By Douglas Zeller,  Thu Sep 9 2010, 12:39
Good information to help buyers understand.
By Teamvarona,  Thu Sep 9 2010, 20:24
Good points addressed for buyers to understand the importance of being represented by a realtor.
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