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Keith Hughes, , 95032
Sat Jul 14, 2007
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The first thing to shop for before the home is to shop for you money. A basic discussion about your individual circumstances with a high quality mortgage professional will be the best investment of you time to start. Once you know how much house you can afford, then a good Realtor will help you get the best deal in the area you want to live in. Oh one more thing if someone says they can get you this or that, make sure you get it in writing. The worst thing to experience as a buyer is the bitter disappoinment of a mortgage that is full of surprises.
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Don Bush Team, , Columbus, OH
Sat Jul 14, 2007
COUNSEL WITH A MORTGAGE LENDER PRO OR TWO, CHECK YOUR CREDIT, QUALIFICATION, AND PRE-APPROVAL; AND RIGHT AWAY CONSULT A REALTOR; BUYER'S REPRESENTATIVE. DON BUSH, KELLER WILLIAMS CAPITAL PARTNERS REALTY, 614 888 1000, bush.214@osu.edu
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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Sat Jul 14, 2007
Hi,

I fully believe that a buyer and his/her interests are, in almost all cases, best served by having an experienced and knowledgeable buyer's agent.

However, my recommendation for the first course of action is for a propsective buyer to utilize some of the many resources available to the public to become more familiar with their local marketplace. Spend some time searching properties on Trulia and Realtor.com. Go to a few open houses.

If the buyer already have a buyer's agent, or has had one recommended, great. If not, through preliminary research, I suggest a propsective buyer watch and listen to the advice and information provided by the Realtors with whom they interact. Choose a buyer's agent based on skill, knowledge, capabilities and compatibility. Don't choose a buyer's agent soley on happenstance because you cross paths with him or her.

Many broker and agent sites will provide an option to sign up for automatic email updates of homes that meet specified search criteria.

There are many resources available. Knowledge empowers buyers and allows them to feel more confident in their decisions.

As a buyer progresses on the path in his/her search, a more solid relationship develops with a realtor that has become familiar with the buyers wants.

The first course of action is to become familiar with the basics of the market, meet a few agents, and find the right one.
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Jon Sterling, , Aspen, CO
Sat Jul 14, 2007
There are many resources online that will help you understand the home-buying process. One of the first steps I recommend is spending some time on local real estate websites in your area to get familiar with the types of questions you should be asking. Whenever you're comfortable with the basic terminology, I would find a real estate agent you trust (referrals from people you respect are a good place to start). You will also want to meet with a lender to talk about the different financing options available. Good luck!
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