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Real Estate Agent/Home Buying

My husband and I are looking for a home. We don't mind renting one or buying one, but we're leaning more towards renting considering he's just started working and we don't have much money saved up. How do I go about finding a Real Estate Agent and buying the perfect home for me, my husband and our son?
  • July 19 2011 - Owingsville
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1. As far as the agent goes ...... referrals of known RE agents in the area in which you want to live and buy.  Ask friends, family, neighbors and work associates.  Interview 3 or 4 agents to find one you like and can relate too.
2. The current RE market is not going to explode upward any time soon.  So you have lots of time to keep your eye open for your 'perfect home' for your family.  Don't be 'rushed' into purchasing a property!!  Take your time.
3. Yes - begin saving all that you can now to put a nice down-payment on the home to keep your montly payments lower and within your budget allowance.

Best success -
  • July 20 2011
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Are you relocating to a new area? Are you happy with your current rental? 
It might be an option to rent for a while (maybe as tenant at will, which gives you more flexibility), and meanwhile search for a neighborhood you would love to move to, as well as for a good agent. Ask for referrals, look for agent's profiles online - zillow, trulia, as well as activerain.com. It's important that you feel comfortable working with the agent, sharing your concerns as they arise, and feeling that he or she truly gets what you are trying to find. 
However, finding an agent is actually a SECOND step. First step would be finding a good mortgage professional who will evaluate your financial situation, and help you make a decision how much you can afford to spend on a real estate purchase.
Best of luck!
  • July 19 2011
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Referrals from friends and co-workers are usually your best, Be sure that your agent knows that area and what is going on.

  • July 19 2011
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Find the area you want to live in, and talk to neighbors and ask for referrals. Every area usually has one or two 'area experts' who will give you insight.
  • July 19 2011
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