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List of things to tell your Realtor at the beginning of the home shopping process

List of things to tell your Realtor at the beginning of the home shopping process

Shopping for a home is not unlike shopping for any other item. You should plan ahead of time so that you can make decisions that are appropriate for your needs. Start by finding a realtor that you are comfortable with and whose reputation fits your expectations. Then arrange an initial meeting so you can get to know each other better before immersing yourself in the home buying process.

Once you have found the realtor you are going to work with then set aside time to create a list of things that you feel the realtor should know in advance. This list should be comprised of the 'must-haves', the 'like-to-haves' and the 'won't haves' of your perfect home.

For example, perhaps you want a brick home or a condo with a brick outside. That is a 'must-have' in your estimation and no other choice will do. Then include this in the notes that you will share with your realtor. Too, you may like the idea of a home or condo with four bedrooms but you would be satisfied with three - the fourth is something you'd 'like-to-have'. Finally, no matter what you 'won't have' a home that is on a busy commercial street. All of this information will be important for your realtor to know as he or she begins to find purchase options tailored to your wants and needs.

Then, of course, the most important information to share with your agent is the price range you are able to afford comfortably and the location you would like to settle in. Some people prefer urban and others suburban - and there are those that want to live in a rural area as well. These are all considerations that must be thought out in advance but can be discussed with the real estate agent. He or she is usually knowledgeable about the advantages and disadvantages of different environments and amenities. They will also be helpful in directing you towards different finance choices that may best meet your needs.

A real estate agent is a professional. They have been trained in all aspects of the home shopping and home buying process. You should feel confident speaking openly with the agent. That way you will save time and energy.

For more tips on home buying we invite you to visit our website. We are constantly adding new ideas and up-to-date information to make you home savvy!

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Tanya Stewart

Ms. Stewart holds a B.S. in Engineering Psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and Juris Doctorate law degree from the University of Georgia, Athens. She has over 15 years of experience running different businesses. She taught Marketing and Strategy for the Georgia branch of GKIC, a global Entrepreneurship & Marketing company.

GKIC influences more than 1 million business owners per year. Tanya specializes in Strategy for the business and implementation of the tactics necessary to execute the Companys plan. She also develops content, creates and refines campaigns and manages agents and staff to keep them on task. As a professional speaker and published author, she is articulate and persuasive, and serves as the American face of the company.

Her happy journey from Engineering-Psychology and through Law school merged into 15 years running different businesses. A professional speaker and published author, she has taught Marketing and Strategy for the Georgia branch of GKIC, a global Entrepreneurship & Marketing company that influences more than 1 million business owners per year. In seeking a new way to be of service, she Co-Founded HelpFindingMyAgent.com to combine her love of digital marketing and people.

Tanya Stewart
Vice President Sales &
Co-Founder of HFMA

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