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Monday, April 18, 2016

Home Buyer Tips: "Why does everyone I call ask me those same questions?"

I received a phone call today from a lady about my for sale listing at 897 Brunswick Lane in Rockledge, Florida.    I answered her questions about the price ($177,000) as well as told her about the home's features (new roof September 2015, renovated bathrooms, new garage door/opener,etc.).

Then I asked the "usual" real estate agent questions.    You know...
  • Are you working with a real estate agent? 
  • Are you familiar with area?   
  • What is your timeline? 
  • What kind of house (size, age, etc.)?  
  • What is your budget?  
  • Have you been pre-approved for your mortgage or are you paying cash?
Her answer to the first question was "No, I am not.  I am just calling the agent on the sign out front of houses I like."

Her next comment made me realize she was an inexperienced buyer, likely a first time home buyer...
"Why does everyone I call ask me those same questions?
I explained to her that it was critical for a real estate agent to understand a buyer's desires, timeline and ability to buy.  Her mortgage pre-approval was a key parameter for her home search.

Buying a home is best accomplished when working with one ral estate agent who understands your circumstances, goals and budget.  Here are four articles that will provide a good overview of the home buying process in Florida.

I know the caller contacted me from the sign out front of the home for sale at 897 Brunswick Lane.   But, as a general rule, the name on the sign out front is not the best person to call.    Here is why.

If you are considering moving to Brevard County and your plans involve buying a house in Florida, call or text me at 321-693-3850 for information.

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