Kathy Foran - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West



Posted by Kathy Foran on 7/8/2018

When you’re ready to buy a house, it would be easy to just pick a house and sign the papers, right? Too bad it doesn’t work anything like that! Besides getting your finances in order, there are plenty of things that you should do ahead of time to get yourself ready to buy a home. Choosing a relator should be high on that list of priorities.  


Do Your Research


There’s plenty of ways for you to search for a home before you even start in order to decide what you might like before you even set out with a realtor. Once you start working with a realtor, they’ll be able to set up alerts for you to get via e-mail where you’ll be able to see new properties that have just been listed and price changes to previously listed properties. 


Let Your Realtor Do Their Job 


Realtors are experts in homes. It is in their job description! Your realtor will do the research on prices and property details. An important aspect of the housing search is finding the price of similar homes in the area. This is key to making your offer. Your real estate agent has all of the information that you need.


Hang Out With Your Realtor During The House Hunt


When we say that you’ll have a close relationship with your realtor during the home search process, we mean it. Coordinate with your realtor to go to open houses. Your agent will either accompany you to the open house or make appointments for private showings of properties. Even if you have to bring your child and a carseat, your agent will be more than happy to accommodate you! 


Mention Properties You See When You’re Out And About


The realtor has your criteria of what you’re looking for in a home. However, if you’re out and see a home for sale that intrigues you, write down the address and contact your agent about it. They can either arrange a private showing of the property or advise you otherwise. Many times, a property may be out of your price range or have strange circumstances. However, occasionally, agents and computer software miss things! It’s always good to be on the lookout and seek more information.      


Don’t Hesitate To Really Look Around A Property


Although you may feel that you’re being a bit invasive by opening drawers, closets and doors in a home, it’s very important to! You need to see how you can make the best use of the storage space within the home for yourself. You’ll also want to make sure there’s no significant damage or hidden features that you’re missing out on.


Most importantly, remember that your realtor will be your ally throughout the house hunting process.  You want to make the best use of the great resource that your realtor is!  




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Posted by Kathy Foran on 10/30/2016

Smart online house hunting actions save money and more. Face it; searching for the right house is time consuming, requiring detailed thought, clarity and patience. The more clearly you visualize what you want in a house, not only structurally but also in regards to the amenities that you want, the better you can communicate these details to your realtor. It certainly is an improvement over the way house hunting worked years ago when you would search a newspaper or realtor paper listing to find homes for sale. It was that or ask colleagues, friends and relatives to let you know about houses that they’d seen for sale in neighborhoods where you want to live. Let Technology Improve Your House Hunting Efforts Thanks to technology, you can shorten the house hunting process by searching for your next home online. Real estate agencies and real estate listing services include exterior and interior photos of houses that they are selling. Click on videos that are included with real estate listings. Depending on how the real estate agency sets up its homes for sale listings, you can search for houses by zip code, size, price and type. To get a good visual feel, you may be able to walk through available homes online similar to how you would physically walk through a unit during an open house. Start your online house hunting by watching videos that focus on the house’s curb appeal. Pay attention to the size and condition of the lawn, the front walkway and the porch. Notice if the current homeowners have put enough care into their house to plant flowers or greenery outside. Homeowners who take special care of their exterior property likely invest in their home's interior. Then, follow the video into the foyer or living room. Features to consider include how far the front door is from the stairs, if the house has an open floor plan, if the floor is carpeted, hardwood or tile and the types of windows in the house. Check out the bedrooms and bathrooms. Are there any en-suites? What about a master bathroom? Some houses are built with the washer and dryer in the bathroom or kitchen. If you want a separate laundry room, you’ll want to note the location of washer and dryer hookups as you continue your online house hunting. If there’s an option to connect with a realtor via chat as you engage in online house hunting, consider doing so. It’s a good way to get your questions answered in real time. If you’re not in a hurry to move, you could explore five to ten a week online. Create a spreadsheet, listing each house’s features, room sizes, amenities and costs, so that you can compare houses side by side. After you narrow the numbers of houses that you’re serious about buying down to ten or fewer, reach out to your realtor. Determine how much you can afford to spend on a house before you travel with your realtor to view the first house. This includes knowing how much you are willing to contribute to closing costs and how much you can put down on the house. Online house hunting could help to take guesswork out of finding a new home while saving you gas money, time and frustration.