Whether you are buying your first home or any one thereafter, the process starts in the same place…assessing what is available for sale that fits your needs and how much you are financially prepared to spend on a home purchase.
Buyers (over 80%!) often start by doing online searching, both looking at properties for sale and for general information. Next step is often going to some open houses to get a feel for neighborhoods and what is available at different prices. At this point they often talk to friends and family to ask if they have any good recommendations for lenders or Realtors.
That’s what the couple who closed on this house yesterday did. They got a lender recommendation, who in turn connected them to me as a Realtor. It just as often works the other way around…connecting with a Realtor first. As professionals we have a network of other trusted professionals to assist our clients every step of the way as needed.
Sometimes people find Realtors to represent them online, sometimes at an open house. What is most important is that it’s someone you are comfortable working with and feel you can trust. The trust part is why people so often start with recommendations from friends and family…buying a home is probably one of the biggest purchases you will ever make and it’s important that you feel confident the person you are working with is looking out for your best interests.