Zillow Advice: Buying Process - new to the field of buying and I am scared. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate The best thing you can do ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ The best thing you can do for yourself is to get educated about the process by taking the "Finally Home" home buyer education class. &nbsp;It is a six hour course that teaches everything from how to budget, <a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates/">loan</a> programs for first time home buyers, title insurance, <a href="http://www.zillow.com/for-sale-by-owner/">FSBO</a> vs. Realtor, home inspections, insurance, etc.<br/><br/>I am one of their Real Estate instructors so feel free to contact me with any and all real estate questions. &nbsp;I have been a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/">Realtor</a> here for 20+ years, so odds are I will have answered the same questions many times before. &nbsp;My motto is "if you had a all the answers, I would be unemployed".<br/><br/>Best of luck!<br/>Jim Sun, 20 Nov 2011 04:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ 2011-11-20T04:06:00Z Questions are expected in ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ Questions are expected in <a href="http://www.zillow.com">real estate</a> transactions, so ask as many as you can&nbsp;think of&nbsp;before commiting to a&nbsp;realtor and of course, a property. I would suggest hiring an ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) that you feel comfortable with and who will commit to representing your best interests. Good luck.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mon, 21 Nov 2011 01:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ 2011-11-21T01:31:00Z Jennifer,Ask as many questions ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ Jennifer,<br/><br/>Ask as many questions as it takes for you to made an educated decision. &nbsp;However, when you find the right agent for you, I suggest committing to them so that they will also commit equally.<br/><br/>If an agent doesn't give you the time of day, return the favor and don't give them the time of day either.<br/><br/>I take the approach like the doctors and attorney's take . . . free consultations so you can ask your questions.<br/><br/>Best of luck!<br/>Jim Sun, 20 Nov 2011 04:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ 2011-11-20T04:56:00Z Hi Jennifer,Look at houses ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ Hi Jennifer,<br/><br/>Look at houses and ask lots of questions. <strong>Don't sign anything!</strong> Look at numerous houses listed by different realtors. You might find a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/">realtor</a> you have confidence in and feel comfortable with. Some <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/">realtors</a> will ask you to sign an Exclusive Buyers Agency contract right away ... you <u>don't</u> have to do that to be shown a house. Go to open houses and talk with realtors, but don't sign anything that will commit you to one realtor.<br/><br/>Ask family, friends, relatives, co-workers if they have used a realtor they were comfortable with. Ask lots of questions here. You will find a realtor and you will find a house ... be patient.<br/><br/>Feel free to ask a <u>lot</u> of questions <u>here</u> ... you will soon find out who gives honest and helpful answers. Sun, 20 Nov 2011 04:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ 2011-11-20T04:05:00Z Absolutely ask questions. ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ Absolutely ask questions. In fact, interview several agents and ask as many questions as you need to clarify the buying process. It is okay to be scared. It is a big purchase you are about to make. Good luck! Sun, 20 Nov 2011 03:54:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ 2011-11-20T03:54:00Z I agree with some other posters.&nbsp; ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ I agree with some other posters.&nbsp; An agent is a salesperson who earns his.her income by making a sale.&nbsp; This is not the best person for educating you in the process.&nbsp;&nbsp; Start by clicking on Dan the country hick's profile and reading a number (if not all) of his links in his profile.<br/><br/> Sun, 20 Nov 2011 03:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ 2011-11-20T03:35:00Z Be scared. Very scared. Be ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ Be scared. Very scared. Be scared as long as you are uninformed about the RE industry. A home will most likely be your biggest investment and you will have to work with two selling agents<br/>There are good FAQs on <a href="http://www.zillow.com/learnmore/what-zillow-offers-buyers.htm">home buying</a> on this site.<br/>Do not talk to an agent till you have well understood the buying process. Agents are good sales people so you want to approach them with caution and a poker face.<br/> Sun, 20 Nov 2011 03:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ 2011-11-20T03:32:00Z The only commitment requested ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ The only commitment requested (not required) is that you read the replies here and then go on to do more of your own research to find out the truth.<br/><br/>Even asking a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/">realtor</a> some questions in person does not obligate you to buy from them or immediately. Sun, 20 Nov 2011 03:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ 2011-11-20T03:31:00Z Of course you can ask questions! ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ Of course you can ask questions! You have plenty of rights as a buyer! There are no bad questions! You have the right to inspect the property and back out of the contract (within 17 days) if the property doesn't meet your standards.<br/>You can offer on multiple properties. You have the right to ask for repairs. You have the right to ask for money out of your <a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates/">loan</a> to be applied to your closing costs!<br/><br/>Ask someone you trust to recommend a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/">real estate agent</a> and if you have the time interview several. Find someone that you feel good about and match's your personality. There are plenty to choose from here on Zillow!<br/><br/>Most importantly continue to educate yourself on the process, that way you can ask informed questions and be confident no one will take advantage of you! Sun, 20 Nov 2011 03:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ 2011-11-20T03:30:00Z Yes, of course.&nbsp;&nbsp; ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ Yes, of course.&nbsp;&nbsp; Zillow advice is a free for all, some good info and some bad info but you'll often get a lot of it!&nbsp; The perspectives are diverse, and that is good for the learning process. <br/><br/> Sun, 20 Nov 2011 03:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/new-to-the-field-of-buying-and-I-am-scared/423481/ 2011-11-20T03:26:00Z