Welcome back to our special – “Buying in the Spring Market!,” an in-depth look at how to navigate the Spring Market, – IF your goal is to buy a home of your own.
Ever hear that old saying, ‘every real estate market is different?’ Well, it’s true. What’s happening in Seattle is NOT the same as what’s happening in Cleveland.
And the same thing is true of home buyers. Every buyer is different. Which leads me to ask: what kind of home buyer are you?
Some buyers need a lot of guidance. They’ve either never purchased a home before, or even if they have, they want to make sure they do every single thing – right. And good for them. They’re cautious. They want to take it slow. And learn how to buy a house – the right way, without making any mistakes.
So they ask their REALTOR® a lot of questions, including – ‘What should I do?’ “is it a good house?” And “Should I buy it?”
Now, your REALTOR® can’t tell you what to do. Every decision is yours. But they will give you solid information, so that you have all the facts – before you make a decision.
Next up – the home buying expert. This person has bought so many homes, and signed so many contracts, they know every part of the drill upside down and inside out. They are decisive, confident – and never in doubt.
For them? They need a REALTOR® to find the best candidates, run the comps, and open the doors. But after that? They’re totally in control about what they’re doing, and how to do it. And – they’re so smart and experienced, they do one thing above all, really well. They listen.
They listen to their REALTOR® when they discuss comparable sales. When they discuss the pricing trends in the neighborhood. When they discuss how much rent properties might bring, if the purchase is an investment.
They are gathering information, rapid fire. And while they might never say ‘what should I do?’ They’re still relying on the expert knowledge the REALTOR® brings to the transaction. So they can make their decisions based on the facts.
And then you have plenty of buyers who are in between those two extremes. For instance, a first time buyer who’s been taught how to do it – by their parents. Or, an experienced buyer who’s trying something new – like an investment, or a different geographic area.
So as you can see, every type of real estate buyer is unique. But they all have one big thing in common. They need solid information. Data. The facts. And not from the internet – every buyer needs the local market knowledge of real estate professionals who work in the market every single day. Who sees the trends? Who knows the community. Who can tell you why that lot across the street is vacant – and what’s going to be built there next year.
That local market expert is your REALTOR®. So go ahead. Be yourself. Be whatever kind of buyer you are. Because whether you’re a newbie, or an exert – your REALTOR® will have your back when you decide – to ‘Buy that House!’