I seem to be arriving late in the conversation, but my name is Shane Warren and I am a licensed Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Redstick Partners here in Baton Rouge. You have been given some good advice from various persons on this post. I would welcome the opportunity to help you through this process. There are many steps involved in purchasing a house and a realtors responsibility to his/her client (you) is to help them meander through all that is required.
This is not something I would recommend going into alone. A licensed real estate agent can be a huge asset. You need a person on your side who is a trained professional who will look out for your best interests and negotiate on your behalf, someone whom you can trust and who will be loyal to you. And, although you may know this I will mention it anyway, it won't cost you any money as a buyer to enter into an agreement with a realtor to represent you. Realtors commissions are paid by the seller not by the buyer.
If you have not secured a real estate agent to represent you in your endeavor to purchase your home, please contact me at the number below. It would be a sincere privilege to help you buy your first home. We have in house lenders in our office who can pre-qualify you and tell you your buying power so you will know where to start your search. I will walk with you step by step through the entire process. I welcome the opportunity to serve you.
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