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Kyle Jancove…, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX

On first thought, what is your favorite advice to give to a first-time homebuyer?

Asked by Kyle Jancovech, Austin, TX Wed Jan 18, 2012

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Sonia Roberts, Realtor®
Canady Realty
512.709.1811
Sonia@CanadyRealty.com
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Ask as many questions as you need to.
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I love Sonia Roberts' line, but my favorite advice is to keep a very small and intimate group of advisors, because you will get an awful lot of input and an awful lot of it is truly awful!
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Make sure you have a Realtor represent you. It is at no cost you, so you might as well make use of the service. You will need the Realtor' s expertise from the minute you decide to buy to the time you sit at the title co to sign.

Good luck
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Develop a plan, stick to the plan. Buying a house is an emotional effort, though it's best to manage most of the emotion out. If you create goals, set criteria, review data and make the visits, the decision is likely to very easy (and smart) when ready to write it up.
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Be patient, and educate yourself on the loan process and entire real estate transaction. It can be overwhelming but if you take the time to read and learn about it and prepare yourself, you will be in good shape. Also, expect the unexpected. Appraisals and inspection reports are ususally not predictable.

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Cynthia Mattiza REALTOR®
JBGoodwin
512-940-5293
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"Are you still soliciting opinions (indecisive) or are you ready to buy a home (clear objective)?

As Mack said, if there are too many voices in their head, yours will not be heard clearly.
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Check your credit & get preapproved for a mortgage before you look for a house
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TALK to a bank or mortgage lender before wasting your time doing anything else.
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my advice is to talk to a few different agents, male and female, and find someone whom you are comfortable with and someone who has sold a few homes, I would not get a friend in the business to represent me on my first home purchase unless they had sold at least a half dozen homes. But yes the main point is to find someone who is capable and someone who will be patient with you and explain the process. Then get ready to have some fun and learn a lot about real estate and about yourself too in the process.
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Buy within your comfort (affordability) zone.
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Oh....

#1

It is just a real estate transaction..... until you get the keys. THEN it is a 'home'
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Get prequalified and find a Realtor who has the experience to guide you through the process. It's important you like and trust your Realtor as well! If you're interviewing Realtors, I would love the opportunity to earn your business.
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I agree with John Crowe, he gives solid sound advice. I love helping this client they welcome advice and suggestions from all their resources.

Warm Requests,

Vanessa Nunez
Vox Real Estate, LLC
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Talk to friends and family about their experiences. And see if they can refer you.
Beware of a friend/family member referral t their 'good buddy'.... don't leap to the first one.

Referrals are awesome.... But tread lightly
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"We always want to buy from a position of power, not force. So check your emotions at the door."
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Be sure to be pre-approved with a lender that has actually seen your W-2s, 1099s, etc, and make sure they are local and accountable. I've seen so much grief caused by the big banks.
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Investigate all the options. View plenty of properties....not just the ones you think you will like but those that are comparables. Work with an agent that is willing to take the time you need and not just show you a handful of properties and expect you to make a decision. Many of my sales are to clients I have worked with that have given me the time to find the right property when it hits the market. By the time you are ready to submit an offer you should feel good that you have investigated all the options and feel good that you have found a great property at a reasonable price. If you already have a lender in hand ask your agent to review your good faith estimate. Not all loans are the same. Many of my recent closings with my recommended lenders don't have origination fees included in the closing costs......a big savings. No two clients and no two properties are ever the same. Work with an agent that understands all the differences.
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