How do real estate agents help you find and negotiate your dream home?

One

They will help you determine how much home you can actually afford. Often, they can suggest additional ways to accrue the down payment and explain alternative financing methods. They can also introduce you to a mortgage counselor and arrange to have you "pre-approved" which can improve your negotiating position and enable you to achieve your home-buying objectives faster and with less stress.

Two

  • Providing high quality customer service, the can work with you as a buyer's agent and help negotiate the best price and terms for you. Or, they can serve as a seller's sub-agent (or disclosed dual agent), acting as a liaison between you and the seller to present offers and counteroffers until an agreement is reached.

Three

They will help you work out a realistic idea of the home best suited to your needs - size, style, features, location, accessibility to schools, transportation, shopping, and other personal preferences in mind.

Four

  • They have access to all available homes in the multi-list system. They will evaluate what is on the market in terms of your needs and affordability.

Five

Suggest simple changes that could make a home more suitable for you and improve its utility and value.

Six

  • Can supply information on real estate values, taxes, utility costs, municipal services and facilities, and may be aware of proposed zoning changes that could affect your decision to buy.

Seven

They can provide you with a list of qualified home inspectors, pest inspectors, surveyors, and help to coordinate inspection appointments.

Eight

  • They will walk you through the closing process and will obtain closing figures in advance of closing for your review.