How Can an Agent Help Me Buy a Home?

Buying a home can be an overwhelming process. From financing to negotiating to closing, there are a lot of moving pieces that can leave homebuyers bewildered.

A real estate agent can help guide you through each step of the buying process, offering sound advice along the way. By working with a professional agent who knows the ins and outs of the real estate industry, you’ll not only end up with a great home, but you’ll also walk away with a great experience.

Here are some of the key areas that an agent can help you with:

Getting pre-approved by a lender
By providing your real estate agent with some basic information about your income, savings, and debt, he or she can assist you in getting pre-approved by a reputable lender. The lender will then go over your financing options, what monthly payment amount you can afford, and what you can expect for down payment requirements and closing costs.

Choosing a home
For most buyers, choosing a home is an emotional process. An agent can assist you in this process by offering objective information about each property you look at. From local community information like schools and zoning to home-specific details like condition and amenities, an agent can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Making an offer
Once you’ve found the home of your dreams, an agent will research recent comparable sales of similar homes in the area to help determine a fair selling price. Based on those comparable sales, as well as other factors like inspections and repairs, an agent will then help you structure an offer and negotiate to get the very best deal possible.

Closing
Closing, or settlement, can be a complicated process. In some areas, the escrow or title company handles the closing process, while in other areas an attorney handles it. Regardless of where you’re buying, a real estate agent can help ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Free Market Listings

Never miss the home of your dreams! At Livingston Harding we can make sure that “the one” does not sneak past you. Livingston Harding will send you daily updates of homes that match your criteria in the communities you are searching for.

Contact us to receive free email alerts when homes that match your criteria hit the market.

Insider Knowledge

Working with a Livingston Harding agent will help you gain invaluable details about the properties you’re considering. Livingston Harding provides Permit Information, Previously Sold Data, CMA’s and detailed information about the neighborhoods in town. Livingston Harding agents can also help you find Lender Foreclosures, Bank REOs, and other properties that may not be publicly listed for sale on the market.

Continuing Relationships

At Livingston Harding, we pride ourselves on maintaining relationships with our clients long after the dotted line has been signed. We understand that you will have questions about your neighborhood and home once you have been handed the keys. Whether it is a referral for a local electrician or a recommendation for the best pizza in town, Livingston Harding will continue to provide clients with unique local insight.