When the people in your life hear that you’re house hunting, you can expect to get an earful of advice based on their experiences. However, you’ll quickly find that everyone’s buying experience is different because everyone has different needs.
Good Intentions Don’t Always Make for Good Advice
The home buying process can be overwhelming, especially for first-time home buyers. And getting unsolicited advice from friends, family members or coworkers when you’re already encountering a deluge of information might not help ease your stress.
Even though you appreciate the input, anything more than general advice may not apply to your situation. Current market conditions affect your search and can vary within a few months’ time, so even if someone recently bought a home, things may differ in your situation. You’ll also find that the time of year and budget concerns make your search unique.
The Web can be a Great Starting Place, but Don’t Stop There!
Many real estate websites offer advice for homebuyers, but it’s best to take this information with a grain of salt. The advice can be outdated or irrelevant to your needs. And many sites publish advice that comes from others users – people like you who may not have professional real estate experience.
If you register for these sites, you might be contacted by someone offering to help, but you still don’t know if his guidance is better than your friends’ or if he’s even familiar with the area. You aren’t obligated to work with a real estate agent until you sign a representation agreement, so feel free to do some research on agents before you begin to work with one. Ask for references and what kind of experience they have.
Leave it to the Experts
The best impartial advice you can get will come from your Lubbock Realtor. Your Realtor understands the local market and is working on your behalf to find the home that fits your needs, wants and budget. You may not feel comfortable discussing your finances or concerns with friends, family members, or coworkers, but you can be assured that your Lubbock Realtor is a professional and that you have the same goal in mind: finding you the home of your dreams.
Which leads to me to my advice for homebuyers, especially first-timers: be prepared to give updates, because even though this is your home, the people around you will be excited to share in the experience.
For more information about buying and selling real estate in Texas, I invite you to visit LubbockRealtors.com and TexasRealEstate.com. These sites have tools available to homebuyers including a residential listings search and the option to save properties that interest you.
BY Debora Perez Ruiz, President
Lubbock Association of REALTORS®