There are few things more stressful than buying your first home. It will likely be one of the most significant purchases you’ll ever make (at least until the next house) and can be incredibly daunting no matter where you’re at in life.
There are the financial worries: how much is needed for a down payment? Is a mortgage more or less than rent? Can I afford to fix anything that breaks? Is the interest rate too high? What if I can’t?
Then there’s the question of what you want to buy: Do I want a detached house with a yard? Would a condo be a better choice? How many bedrooms do I need? All homes come with a bathroom, right?
And then there are logistical issues: Can I find a home close to work? Is it near a good school for my kids? Can I walk everywhere, or will I have to rely on a vehicle? What if I hate my neighbours?
The anxiety is real and valid. Most of it, anyway.
So you’ve managed to save up enough for the down payment, you’ve pre-qualified for a mortgage, and you know how much you can afford. Now, it’s time to start looking at places and find a realtor to help you find the right one.
First-time Home buyers and Realtors: Connection is Everything
It’s so vital that you, as the buyer, have a good relationship with your realtor. Remember, this will be your home, your purchase, and a very long commitment – you need your guide on this journey to be someone you can rely on and trust. You and your realtor need to be on the same page about everything.
Referrals from friends and family are often a great place to begin. They can speak directly to their personal experience, which may be a similar relationship you are looking for in your realtor. Word-of-mouth referrals are still important in this day and age; knowing someone else’s experience can set you in the direction you need in finding your perfect fit.
How Realtors Help New Home buyers
The right realtor will not only help with all the paperwork (and there is a lot), but they will help ease your entire experience throughout your home-buying process. They will find homes that fit your budget and your expectations—looking for a move-in ready place? A good realtor won’t even consider taking you to view a fixer-upper. Have a set budget in mind? A good realtor won’t show you any homes that are way out of it. Your realtor is someone you will likely spend lots of time talking to and time with over your home purchase journey. Ensuring they are someone you enjoy being around while trusting their advice will make the process that much more enjoyable.
Realtors are not just there to find you a house; they want to find you a home. A home that meets your requirements and that you can build your dream life around and within. Finding the right fit for a realtor with your best interest in mind begins and ends with the Mayne Brothers. Approachable, down-to-earth, knowledgeable professionals who want to make your first-time home purchase a seamless experience.
With the Right Team, Find the Home of Your Dreams
Yes, this is a big decision in life, but it should be a positive experience. With the Mayne Brothers by your side, we ensure your journey will be enjoyable from beginning to end.