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Choosing the best agent when buying a home

Categories: Home Buyer News, New Braunfels Custom Home Builders | Posted: June 26, 2017

 

If you are planning to be one of the many in the home buying market this summer or plan to be sometime this year, choosing the right agent to help you buy your new home will be a huge decision that you will want to make right the first time. The relationship you have with your agent will be one you want to be sure you are comfortable with and trust, as the home buying process can often have unexpected twists and turns before you are finally handed the keys to your new home. Weston Dean Custom Home, a premier New Braunfels custom homebuilder, shares tips to help ensure your fight the right agent to suit your needs.

When choosing an agent to help you find a home, there are typically little to no binding arrangements with the agents that require them to perform any tasks. This is a huge reason why you should shop around for the right agent instead of just going with the first agent that crosses your path. Trust your gut instinct when you talk to agents to see which one seems like the right match for you.

It is always good to have some questions prepared when you go to meet with an agent to make sure they meet the criteria you will want to have in a buyer’s agent. Some good questions to as are:

How long does it typically take for buyers you work with to find and close on a home?

This question will let you know if he mostly deals with buyers who want to move quickly and do a lot of research independently, or if he has buyers that take a year or long it will show that they are more patient and will let the home-buying process run its course. Depending on what track you are on, the fast track or the leisurely one, could help determine if they would be a good fit for you.

Do you work independently or with a team?

Be sure to ask your agent if there is a team of people they work with, if they have an assistant or if they work independently. If your agent has an assistant or junior agent you may end up working with, you will want to know that in advance as they might not have the experience you need when looking at a home and wanting their feedback.

What areas do you do most of your business?

Agents typically have certain towns or cities where they tend to do most of their business. Depending on where you are wanting to look and if you have certain towns or school districts you want to move too, someone who is well-versed and knows the areas you are most interested in will be the best fit for you and might have more insider knowledge on homes that are coming to the market that you may be able to see in advance or have an advantage over.

How do your showings work?

Depending on your area, some locations or agents rely on open houses for showings, why others need private appointments with an agent to privately see the home. In many markets with inventory going off the market just as quick as it comes on, having an agent that can make themselves available to you the same day a home comes on the market if need be is something you will want to keep in mind.

What is the best way to communicate and find properties?

Buyers no longer rely on agents to find properties anymore like they did in the past. Especially in markets where the inventory is moving quick, agents will encourage their buyers to look for homes online on their own and often give them access to their local MLS so they can get alerts based on homes that meet their criteria and let the agent know if they are interested in looking.

 

 

Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.The best way to ensure a good relationship with your buying agent is to make sure you know how they work best and how they expect you to work and connect with them in regards to homes you are interested in. As with any good relationship, communication is key especially at the start. So, once you have found an agent that you feel checks of the boxes of what you need, then you can begin the exciting process of buying a home!

 

 

How fast will your home sell?

Categories: Home Buyer News, New Braunfels Custom Home Builders | Posted: June 19, 2017

 

Whether you have been in the market to a new home or you are planning to sell your current home, location has always been the number one thing that most real estate agents press hard on for what makes a home sell fast. However, there are other common factors that can tell you how fast your home might sell if you are in the process of putting it on the market this year. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier New Braunfels custom homebuilder, shares tips on how to ensure your home sells as quick as possible in today’s market.

While the housing market has been on the upswing over the past couple of years, it doesn’t mean that sellers can list their homes for way over market value and expect it to sell without any time or effort into it. Pricing your home just 12 percent over what it is valued at or what other homes in your neighborhood of similar specs are selling for, makes your home about half as likely to sell in the same 60-day period as a home that is priced at the target listing for the area and what it is worth. So, your house may sit on the market (which doesn’t look good to buyers) if you get too aggressive in your listing price over the comps in your area.

When it comes to listing your home online for buyers to see be sure and list enough photos but not too many. The best range of photos to showcase of your home is anywhere from 16 to 21 photos. It is better to error on the side of too many than too little. If you have fewer photos than what is recommended, your home is projected to sit on the market for more than 60 days as well. If you want to gain interest in your home, consider having professional photos taken of your home or have an interior designer come out and stage your home before you take photos. The better your home shows in photos, the more buyers you will have at your door wanting to look inside.

If you have a smaller home, the market might be in your favor to sell fast. Homes under 1,100 square feet nationally, sell the fastest in all markets. Homes in this size typically sell nine percent faster than homes of a larger size over the same 60-day window. There are two markets across the U.S. where this doesn’t hold true- which are San Francisco and Indianapolis. Smaller homes in these markets sit longer than their larger counterparts.

The final thing you will want and need to do for your home in order to help it sell quickly, is to get the word out on your home as much as possible. The likelihood of you selling it will be far faster than just relying on your realtor to do all the work. List your home on places like Zillow or Trulia if it isn’t already, and share on social media as well. You never know who might be in the market for a new home and would have never stumbled across your home without you doing some of your own advertising! You can ask friends and family to share as well, to expand your audience. Buyers often feel comfortable knowing who is selling the home if they are in the market, opposed to buying from a stranger if the opportunity presents itself.

 

 

Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.

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