Most salespeople have a less than stellar reputation. Think about buying a used car and you know what I mean. Unfortunately, REALTORs get lumped in with other groups and I’m sorry to admit that sometimes it’s deserved. But, it does not have to be that way.
An agent’s job is not to sell you a house.
First of all, no one wants to feel like they are being “sold” to. Secondly, when you are going to plunk down a big chunk of change or take on the monthly obligation of a mortgage, you don’t need a salesperson. You need an advisor who is knowledgeable about the market and the process to guide you – not sell you.
An agents job is to:
Narrow down the hundreds and hundreds of listings to those that fits your wants, needs and budget. With so many homes on the market right now, it can be a daunting task to wade through them on your own. Having someone on your side who knows the ins and outs of the West Bank neighborhoods can help make choosing the right home much easier.
Provide you with the market information to make an informed decision. What looks like a bargain may in fact be overpriced for a neighborhood. This is especially important for folks relocating to the New Orleans area, since our real estate tends to be lower priced than other metropolitan cities.
Explain the home buying process until you are comfortable with every aspect. It’s more than just showing houses – it’s explaining contracts, inspection periods and appraisals.
Refer you to other professionals that can help you along the way. We don’t know everything, but we do know local lenders, real estate attorneys, home and termite inspectors, contractors and handymen that might be needed during the purchase of a home.
When you are ready to start your home search, don’t forget that you have every right to interview buyer agents until you find one that you feel comfortable with. Don’t allow yourself to feel pushed or pulled. Buying a new home should be fun and we are dedicated to keeping it that way.
Need a professional and fun buyer’s agent? Contact Terri Babineaux today to get started finding your next home.Google+