When the time comes to purchase a home, having someone on your side that you can trust is a big help. And a professional real estate agent is just that ally. We can help you through every step of the home buying process. While investing in a home is a big step, real estate agents can help make it easier than you can imagine.Beginning
The first step in the home buying process will be determining just what your home buying power is. Essentially this is a combination of the financial reserves that you have on hand and your capacity to borrow money. By providing your real estate agent with a good idea about both your debt and income as well as any saving that you have, the real estate agent will be able to help point you towards what type of properties you can afford to purchase.
After you’ve determined just how much money you can spend on your new home, you’ll need to narrow down your real estate search to the homes and properties that fall within your budget. There are countless homes for sale, and over eleven thousand homes on the market in Brooklyn, New York alone. It can take a lot of time to comb through that many listings, and there’s a good chance that you’ll miss that perfect property. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack; our real estate agent can help you narrow your search down with ease. Since the real estate agents have access to properties not listed in the general marketplace, they can track down all of the best properties for you.
Choosing your Property
Your emotions play a big part in choosing a home, even though you’re often better off looking at each property objectively. A realtor adheres to a Code of Ethics, so you can trust in them to help you make the best decision. Normally, the two things you need to keep in mind are whether or not the property will have resale value if you decide to sell it later, and will the home provide the environment that you’re looking for? Your realtor can help you look through various types of community information such as info on schools, hospitals, utilities, zoning, and other issues that could affect your decision to purchase the property in question.
Submitting an Offer
This is where things can get really tricky for a private party. Prices in Brooklyn hover around five hundred and twenty thousand dollars on average, but the highs and lows can fluctuate greatly depending on location and each property. Most offers will include a period of time that you can spend inspecting the property before being required to buy. When you enter negotiations on a property, a real estate agent can help you get a good idea of a fair price as well as any terms or inspections that you might need to take into account. You don’t want to buy a home that is in extreme disrepair unless you get it at a low price, so a thorough property evaluation is a good idea and some may even be required by your lender. You may need to check the home for structural defects, septic tank or sewer issues, wiring, rot, mold, asbestos, property drainage, termites, the condition of the roof, and more. Your real estate agent can help you find the best professionals to handle your inspection needs. And don’t hesitate to look over the title of the property to ensure there are no easements or other property limitations that you aren’t aware of. If everything looks good after your inspections, you’re ready to move forward with the purchase.
After you’ve dealt with the inspections and everything seems good, you’ll need to secure your financing. If you didn’t speak with a lender before beginning your property search, you’ll need to find one now. Your real estate agent can help you find the best lenders and even provide you with a better understanding of the various financing options available today.
In New York, an attorney will oversee the closing process. This generally involves a quick run through of the contract, along with an explanation of any provisions or restrictions included in the sale. Your real estate agent can help answer any questions you have about the process and help the process go as smoothly as possible.
Why use Massada?
There are plenty of real estate companies out there, but few can hold up to the level of excellence you’ll find with a Massada Home Sales agent. A leader in Brooklyn home sales since 1987, all agents on staff are licensed to sell homes in the Brooklyn area and take your needs into consideration to provide you with customized solutions to real estate instead of treating each client the same. And since Massada Home Sales agents have access to every property on the market, you’ll be sure to find the right home for you.