Real Estate FAQ for Buyers

These are some of the questions I get from new real estate customers... I hope you find my answers helpful. Don't forget, I also have a lot of tools and tips to share, so be sure to check out my resources page! There, you will find tons of information about buying a home. Have a question not listed here? Drop me a line.

  • When is the best time to buy a home?

    The spring is a hot time in the seller's market. More houses are on the market in the springtime than any other time of the year. This is good and bad. The good news is, buyers have tons of options at their fingertips... the bad news is that houses go more quickly and prices will increase slightly in springtime to accommodate for higher demand.  Other times of the year (especially fall and winter when the weather is dreary), expect that asking prices may drop just a hair, but variety will, as well. The most important thing is to have someone in your corner who knows your needs. Whatever the weather, I can find you the home you want.

  • What should I watch out for when I house hunt?

    There are a lot of things to watch out for... first-time buyers often feel overwhelmed by the tricks of the trade. Some homeowners do quick patch jobs to hide bigger problems, making damages difficult to detect until an inspector comes in. With 12 years of experience, I am trained to know a lemon when she sees one. I can help you learn the tricks of the trade for yourself so that you can trust your decision.

  • What sort of inspector should I consider?

    One with experience. You want a trained eye looking at your new home. The inspection is not a place you should skimp when it comes to cost, because you are the one who will have to live there. No worries... I can help you find the right inspector for the job.

  • Should I consider a short sale?

    Short sales occur when current homeowners are not able to pay to keep the house. It is likely that short sales will cost you less, since homeowners need to get out of a negative financial situation. While you may be paying a lower price, you will also have to consider the product in question. Has the house been kept up well despite the owner's inability to pay housing costs? What caused the previous owner to be unable to meet costs (high interest, high taxes, poor financial management)? These things may or may not be a concern, but they are definitely worth your consideration. When we are looking at houses together, I will help you determine if the home you are looking at is going to meet your needs.

  • If I hire a Realtor, what will my role become?

    My goal is to make the buying process as easy as humanly possible. I will help you find houses right in your price range that will fit your needs and your tastes. Your job: tour the homes with me and tell me what you think of them. Once you find a home you want to purchase, I will be with you every step of the way. You will close on a house and be enjoying your new backyard before you know it.

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I get a lot of these sorts of questions from my sellers.

I also have a lot of tools and tips to share, so check out my resources page! There, you will find tons of information about selling your home. Have a question not listed here? Contact me.


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