Once you have been pre-qualified for a loan, it is time to find a real estate professional to help you find the home of your dreams. A real estate professional is an expert who knows exactly which homes are for sale and which ones meet your requirements and desires. Show your agent your pre-qualification letter. With it, your agent will be able to pre-select homes that are in your price range. Additionally, your agent can provide you with information about different neighborhoods where you might want to live, as well as suggestions that you may not have considered. Your agent can also give you practical advice about what you should look for in a home. And when it is time to make an offer on the home you wish to purchase, your agent will be there to help.
How to select a real estate professional
A real estate professional plays a very important role in the home buying process and should be selected with care. Before selecting your agent, ask for recommendations from family and friends and interview several agents, to have a better idea of what each one is like and what each offers you. The relationship between a real estate professional and a buyer should be one of mutual respect, similar objectives, and a written agreement which specifies the terms and conditions of the agents representation of the buyer.
The ideal real estate professional:
a. Understands your needs and objectives.
b. Is professional and dedicated to doing a good job.
c. Knows the area where you want to live.
d. Knows how much you can spend on a home.
e. Has a valid real estate license.
f. Has excellent references from other clients.
g. Treats you with the respect that you deserve.