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Relationships Matter: It’s who you know

With the wrong buyers agent, buying a home can be draining in every sense of the word. But with the right one, it’s not just delightful, it’s exhilarating. Finding the right agent means being selective. Over 95% of our business comes from referrals.  We love working with our clients, and have created a comfortable place where  our clients can refer their friends, colleagues, and family members. After 20 years combined real estate experience, we have perfected the process while treating every client as if it were our only.

Five (Key) Steps to buying the Right house 

Step 1: Personality

An Austin home search is stressful with the wrong agent, and enjoyable with the right agent. To find the best one for you and your situation, don’t just take the first agent you notice or one recommended by a friend, without first doing the proper research. Instead, seek out and interview multiple agents. Ask about their skills, specialties and experience. Get a sense of his or her talent, and consistent passion for the client experience and result. Every buyer has unique standards, but most clients say they are looking for agents that are:

  • Trustworthy: You will spend a significant amount of money and time to find, negotiate and buy your property, so trusting that your agent has your best interest as the highest priority is essential.
  • Friendly: Disposition matters. No one wants to spend time around an uninspired or abrasive personality. That goes for buyers, sellers and everyone else involved with your purchase.
  • Diplomatic: The best agents know how to say exactly what is needed, without offending the other parties or confusing the process with defensive behavior.
  • Unemotional: Agents who feed off a client’s reactions do not help their client. Agents who see issues clearly, regardless of situation help move toward successful outcomes.
  • Analytical: An excellent buyer’s agent provides comparable sales and market data to determine the proper offer price. This analysis is crucial to whether you acquire your dream home or not. Zillow and Trulia provide non-definitive estimates, but nothing can take the place of a buyer’s agent that has real-world experience and the ability to analyze your options.
  • Excellent negotiators: Friendly is good. Accommodating is bad. It’s imperative your agent negotiates all aspects of your home purchase to your advantage.
  • Responsive: In even the simplest home purchases, there are many moving parts, and almost all of them demands quick, clear communication to the client. A good agent handles all of them effectively while making it look easy, which results in minimal freak outs and smooth experience until the deal closes.

Need an effective Austin home search and agent? Let’s meet for coffee and talk about your next great home in Austin.

Step 2: Prepare


When you shop for a loan provider, you have two options.

  • Bank lenders usually have a limited amount of loan programs, each of which requires you to self-educate on the respective details. If you have an existing bank relationship, especially with specific people in positions of authority, using a bank may be a good idea. But going through a single source limits your scope to compare deals.
  • Mortgage Brokers canvass the market and identify the best programs to meet your mortgage needs. Sometimes there are fees associated, but a good broker can get you very competitive rates and will save you money in the long run.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches, and it’s vital you select an experienced, responsive, qualified professional to guide you through the process. Best rule of thumb is to ask around and get referrals. Beware the pitfalls of selecting a random mortgage professional online.

Regardless of who you use, one outcome you really want to avoid is finding your dream home, and then losing the deal because you didn’t have your funding arranged and verified before making an offer. Remember, sellers greatly prefer to avoid the risk of reaching agreement with buyers who can’t ultimately buy the house.

Step 3: Peruse


Once you and your agent have met and discussed location and features most important to you, it’s time to get to work. Your agent should:

  • Create an email alert: Unlike Zillow, Red Fin, or Trulia’s email alert system, well-designed email alerts keep you updated of the newest listings, price changes, and pending sales in real time because they are based on information straight from the source, that is Austin-area multiple listing service (MLS).
  • Customize a website: Aside from email alerts, your agent should create a website to include your home search criteria. In this website, you’ll be able to save favorites, possibilities and rejects as well as comment on all the houses in your search.
  • Be Available: Great agents appreciate the demands of this vigorous Austin real estate market, and they are readily available to accommodate clients by scheduling private showings as soon as potential homes hit the market.

We are available to show houses 7 days a week. Give us a call and start searching for your home today.

Step 4: Ponder


Ok, so you found a great house, and you’ve been to see it three times. Now you’ve fallen in love with it and you’re ready to make an offer. Before you write it up, your agent should help you consider some important factors including:

  • How fierce is the competition? Are we in a multi-contract situation?
  • What are the comparable sales prices for sold or pending properties in the neighborhood?
  • What is the condition of the property and what inspections need to be performed?
  • Is this the only house that meets your selection criteria? If not, that can help your mental approach during the negotiation process.

Step 5: Purchase


After effective negotiations, your offer is accepted, escrow is opened, and the option period begins:

  • Your buyer’s agent takes the executed contract, earnest check to title company, and the option check to seller and notifies lender of pending sale.
  • Your buyer’s agent will help you navigate through the various disclosures, inspections and repair negotiations.
  • Once you get officially approved for your loan, the loan condition is removed as an offer contingency.
  • You sign loan papers and other escrow documents at closing.
  • The title company receives funds from lender.
  • The title company records the deed of trust at City Hall and releases the funds.
  • You receive your keys, and the property is officially yours!
  • Congratulations! (Now go enjoy some champagne or beverage of choice.)

“Let the wild rumpus begin!”- Where the Wild Things Are

 

Did you know over 95% of our business comes from referrals?
We love working with our clients, and have created a feel-good business where you can comfortably send your friends, colleagues, and family. If you have been happy with our services, please consider referring others to us.