Deciding to buy a Fox Cities home is a huge financial decision, especially if it’s your first home. The process can also be highly emotional, so it’s vital that you choose to work with professionals you can communicate with and whose judgement you trust. The first thing to do is to find a real estate agent. I always recommend potential clients interview at least two or three agents. This allows you to get a sense of what is a typical level of service and what goes above and beyond. It will also let you figure out what type of agent you feel most comfortable with.
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Once you’ve decided on your real estate agent, you should sit down and figure out your must haves, would like to haves, and deal breakers. It’s fine to dream big, but do pay attention if your agent tells you what’s realistic for your price range. A professional agent has access to ALL active real estate and interacts with the market every single day. That means they have a really good idea of what’s out there. You might need to narrow down your list.
You’ll also want to start working with a lender. Your agent can give you some referrals. Ask friends and family, too. There are several advantages to finding your lender early. First of all, you are not under pressure to get financing quickly before a deal falls through. You have the time to check with several lenders, compare costs, and find out about different financing options. Secondly, you can get a preapproval letter. This will tell you how big a loan you can get, which will narrow your search down to Fox Cities home options that are really affordable for you. A preapproval letter may make you more attractive to sellers, since you have your financing worked out before you make an offer.
After you have your budget and your realistic list of qualities for your new house, your agent will get started finding properties to suit you. They can use an updated search tool to find out about new properties as soon as they come on the market. They will probably give you a list of properties to drive by, then you can narrow down which ones to visit from there. Try to look at a mix of new construction and older homes. Each have their advantages and disadvantages.
When you decide on the right house, your agent will write your offer and negotiate with the seller and their agent. The job of a buyer’s agent is to advocate for their client and get them the best deal possible. Also keep in mind that the seller pays the buyer’s agent. You get a professional in your corner, and you don’t even have to pay!
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