In the age of Pinterest, DIY-ing it is great for a lot of things in life. Organizing your kitchen, for example. Or drying herbs, or painting your living room, or building raised garden beds. One thing that shouldn’t be on that list? Buying a home.
Why? Well, real estate is a profession – one that Realtors (like us here at Brick & Corbett) learn and become licensed through hours of work. And we continue to hone our craft every single day. Think about it this way: You wouldn’t perform your own open-heart surgery, would you? Nope, you’d (hopefully) leave that to the pros. So besides a lack of bodily fluids, buying your home is no different. To get the best service and care, you’ll want to seek out the help of a professional like me.
Still not convinced? Read on for a few things that a professional Realtor can help with to make the home buying process easier to navigate.
1. Your budget and buying power
It doesn’t make sense to start combing through listings until you know your budget. In order to know the loan size for which you qualify based on your personal finances, the first step is to consult with a mortgage broker, bank or financial advisor – something we can help you with. Your budget will determine your purchase price and buying power, which is key as you start the search for your new home.
2. Must-haves and home searches
Dying for outdoor entertaining space but don’t really care about walk-in closets? Or maybe you don’t even want to look at a space without an open-concept kitchen … but could live without any yard space. We can help you put together a list of must-haves that are realistic for your budget, and then the search begins. Two eyes are better than one, as they say, which means we’ll both keep our eyes peeled for your potential new home.
3. Local markets and trends
No one has a better pulse on local neighborhoods than us at Brick & Corbett. We’ve made it our business to truly understand local areas: How they’re trending, what’s changing, projected home values and more. We can help you understand what neighborhoods are up-and-coming, versus those you might want to stay away from.
4. Off-market opportunities
If it isn’t online, it doesn’t exist … right? Well, not necessarily. We have insight into listings that aren’t on popular sites like Zillow, which means you get insider knowledge at all the listings that fit your must-haves list.
Once we find the right house and make a formal offer, we’ve got your back in the negotiating process. While price is paramount, other factors can come into play during this time as well, like timing for close and contingencies for financing. We’ll help you navigate this process – and help make sure you get the best deal possible.
Is legal-ese your thing? If not, making sense of all the contracts you’ll need to sign can be a major headache (and could set you up for legal liabilities). Luckily, we can help you interpret and simplify contracts before you put sign your Herbie Hancock on the dotted line.
Another scary hurdle to clear is the home inspection process. While the purpose of an inspection is to uncover any major defects and ensure you’re making an educated decision, it can sometimes become a major undertaking and another negotiation situation to undertake. Again, we’ll help you navigate this process to maximize your benefit and make sure the home you’re buying comes with no surprises.
8. Contractors & resources
Like we said at the beginning, there are many times in life when DIY is the best route to go – but plenty of times it isn’t. If any major defects are uncovered during the inspection or if you’d like to make any updates or improvements to the house you’re buying, we can help recommend reliable, top-quality companies and individuals to lend a hand. From contractors to mortgage lenders to home insurance and more, we have recommendations for nearly all your home-related needs.
Buying a home is a major investment, and it’s one you shouldn’t go through alone. Do it right by seeking out a professional Realtor today.