You'll also find agents who can help you at The Homefinding Center in Corona (they've been at the same location as long as I can remember - maybe 20 years). They help many buyers such as you each month.
Yes, you should definitely be working with a realtor who specializes (and lives preferrably) in the city where you wish to buy. Anyone telling you differently probably doesn't!
Another thing to look for is a Realtor with experience who takes their business seriously. When representing a seller, it is now common to get several offers, since we're in a rising market with low inventory. It is easy for the listing agent to tell whether the agent who wrote an offer knows their business. You'd be surprised at how many agents don't know how to fill out the offer form or don't know exactly what is in it. That is important to you because if the offer is incomplete or improperly filled out, it can lead to many problems in escrow (and lets the listing agent know that it may be a difficult escrow, which can hurt your chances of getting the home).
A good buyer's agent will work hard to find just the right home for you if they know that you aren't working with other agents.They may employ Listingbook or a control panel type update on homes as they come on the market. They'll learn your experience level and communication preferences and advise you in language you can understand on the current market, areas, proceedures, strategies, price trends, etc.
Since there is a scarcity of homes right now, buyers often get frustrated and wonder if their Realtor is really doing everything possible for them. There are some "above and beyond" things that some Realtors may do. They included searching the expired listings in your chosen area to see if there may be someone whose listing expired who still wants to sell, though there are not many viable expired listings right now. They may also go to your targeted neighborhood and knock on doors looking for someone who is thinking of selling.
First Team also has a special program that identifies listings that haven't yet hit the MLS as well as buyers who are looking for particular types of homes.
Since you posted this question back in November, chances are that you've already found your home. If so, congratulations! I am available for all questions or assistance. Just click on "contact".
Find an expert IN the city of your choice and sailing will be much smoother than if you let an outside area agent "sell you" on using them.
Good luck with your search and purchase.
Recently, I had a seller cancel a listing with another agent to list with me. In discussing with the seller what the previous agent did wrong, I couldn't find anything. In fact, I knew the other agent and find him to be very good. It seemed to boil down to the fact that she (the seller) just didn't like him for some reason. Which is a shame because he really was doing a good job for her. But, my gain!
I always suggest to find a Realtor through a friend or relative's referral. Their previous experience can be a great barometer for what you'll have to expect. And be clear about your expectations from the beginning so there's no miscommunication. And once the expectations are set, be sure the agent continues to meet them. Always voice your concerns so again, there's no miscommunication.
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There is no right or wrong answer to your question because you can have a great REALTOR from out of the area that is knowledgeable and resourceful that can find you just as many homes to view that meet your criteria as any local agent. You can also have a local agent that is not very thorough, experienced or professional.
Either way you slice it, finding someone that is passionate about helping YOU find YOUR dream home is the key. Not only should they want to help you find the absolute perfect new home, but they should also be able to provide useful valuation analysis and help you determine if the price makes financial sense from both a cost perspective, as well as a value perspective.
Due to limited supply in this particular market, there is very little inventory available and I've heard a lot of agents tell new home buyers to offer 10% above market, make an offer within 24 hours of the listing date, etc...which is sheer nonsense. It is a tight market, but there is a MASSIVE amount of inventory sitting on the sidelines that will come to market eventually.
You just need to find an agent that is patient, well connected, experienced and most of all....understands exactly what you want and is willing to patiently work with you until you find it.
There is no rush to get into real estate right now. The U.S. is heading back into recession again, so opportunities will soon arise again. Just be prepared to snatch up that deal when it pops up!
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My thoughts may differ a bit from the other responses you've received. One of the first ways to determine if your Realtor is knowledgeable is to go out on a 2-3 hour home tour with him or her. Ask questions as you go along about the properties, the neighborhood, your situation, etc. Take stock of the responses you receive. You should be able to determine if someone knows what they're talking about.
Another way to determine the skills and knowledge of your agent is to be knowledgeable yourself. Search the websites, i.e. Trulia, Zillow, local and local articles about your real estate market. The more up to date you are, the better you will be able to evaluate your agent.
Although most 'hyper local' agents will try to convince you that they are better than someone else, I do not necessarily agree. What makes a good agent is different for every single buyer - each has different sensitivities and needs.
How have you made decisions before about what vendors to use or businesses to patronize? Whatever that process is...use it...it obviously works for you.
Your Realtor should be actively looking for all homes in your search criteria, making suggestions, exploring homes that are not yet advertised, and contacting any relevant fsbo's. A good agent should be responding to your requests in a timely fashion...if they don't --then it's not the right agent for you.
Hope that helps. Happy Thanksgiving.
Please remember There are many many buyers out there.
Also, I am in 100% agreement with Carlene Blair who posted earlier. We both live and work in Corona area for over 10 years. When you live and work in the specific area we have friends that live in the neighborhoods such as Mountain gate that can tell you the latest and what goes on in the community.
as well as having a heads up on who may be interested in selling there home.
I personally do not use listing book as it can be confusing and mislead a buyer when infact homes might not be available. But.... If your price range is up to $600k there maybe more homes available.
If your Agent is only relying on listing book, It might be time to hire another Realtor.
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I door knock my neighbors and have an ideal of when they wish to sell if ever and contact them when I have buyers. Being local you also form relationships with other local realtors which gives and advantage when submitting offer to them.
Penny I noticed that there are several great homes in the area recently on the market that fit your criterion. I hope that helps.
Nobody is perfect, no matter if you are New or Experience Agent.
* Negotiation skills matters (in a good way)
* Communication with client
* Client willing to listen to their agent.
* There is not a single Agent that Know it all
* Be straight with client, if the agent doesn't know, he/ she will be willing to find out.
* Every home is Unique (never let anybody sell you the house, let the home itself sell it to you)
* Good Area Comparable Market Analysis is a must
* As long that the Agent is willing to think for their client (meaning as if the agent is purchasing the house for themselves)
* Through the Interview process both you and the agent will know each side better (Chemistry is very important)
The only advantage of local agent is the distance to the area where you searching the home, he/she might know the area better. But I think a good agent no matter being local or not should be able to gain 95% + of the same knowledge through a detail research and analysis of the area of interest in no time.
Best of luck to you and your family in searching for your dream home. "Happy Thanksgiving"
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With the criteria you listed there are several homes available that fit that bill. Are you just not liking what you have been seeing so far? What you are looking for is definitely out there, you just need to stick with it.
As for Listing Book, that shows you the properties immediately from the multiple listing service, however, your agent needs to react quickly to show, write and submit your offer immediately. Time is of the essence in the real estate market. Be persistant and patient!