Helping Buyers Find A Home

Selecting a buyer's agent to help you find your dream home is an important first step. He or she can represent the buyer's interest in a real estate transaction. Before making a decision, however, have an Alliance One Real Estate professional explain the pros and cons of using a buyer's agent versus a sales or dual agent.

When you're ready to visit houses, ask your Alliance One Real Estate professional to help you with:

• Arranging showings
• Tracking the properties you've seen
• Identifying homes that meet your criteria - refer to your "what's right for you" list

After touring each home, write down what you liked and didn't like. Develop a rating system that will help narrow the field. For example, pick the house you like best on day one and compare all other houses to it. When you find a better one, use the new favorite as the standard.

Once you've found your dream house, it's time to get started with the financial and contractual side of the purchase. Let Alliance One Real Estate guide you through this process. Purchase contracts vary in length and terms from state to state, and sometimes within a state. Because you and the seller have different goals, consult with your Alliance One agent. He or she can bring order and calm to the process and will know what questions to ask to help you reach a favorable outcome.

Multiple home purchase offers on the same home are not uncommon, so you may only get one chance to make an offer that the seller will consider. That's why it's important to think carefully about your strategy. In most cases it is better to have your real estate professional negotiate the offer. If you have any personal interaction with the homeowner, don't give out any information about your move, your current housing status, financial status or your feelings about their property - positive or negative. This could work against you in future negotiations.