Purchasing a home may be one of the most significant purchases you
make. It takes time, tenacity, persistence and a knowledge of
California’s often intricate real estate laws and procedures.
That’s a lot to deal with when all you want to do is find a new
home. To provide you with a more pleasant house-hunting experience,
we highly suggest hiring an expert realtor in residential sales.
How do you decide which realtor to hire? You interview them as you
would your doctor, accountant, or employee. You look at various
factors: their on-the-job track record and your comfort level with
them. Hire someone who makes you feel at ease and understands your
desires for your new home. We suggest:
• Asking friends, family, or co-workers who they would recommend.
Do your own research as well.
• Visiting realtors’ online reviews and seeing what others have
said about their performance.
• Interviewing them about their years of experience, the number of
homes they sell annually, and the neighborhoods or types of houses
they specialize in.
Words of Wisdom from Your
One of the first things your realtor will ask you to do is get
pre-qualified by a lender. This will give you the maximum limit you
can spend for residential homes for sale in Porter Valley. Your
realtor may also recommend that you:
• Have specific ideas of what you want in a home, neighborhoods you
would like to look in, amenities you want and your deal-breakers.
• Visit the houses at different times of the day and night. For
example, it may be quiet in the morning because people are at work,
but noisier in the afternoon when the kids return home from school or
during the evening hours when families are all together.
• Speak with neighbors about their likes/dislikes regarding the
• Ask the homeowners about the structure's condition (e.g., roof,
plumbing, electrical, HVAC). For specific questions, view our blog,
Four Deal Breakers to Avoid When Looking at Homes for Sale.
• Note if the home is move-in ready. If there are renovations, do
they need urgent attention, or are they cosmetic and can wait?
• Are there any hidden costs (HOA fees, utilities, sidewalk repair,
Think about all the times you convinced yourself you didn’t have to
note information because you were sure you’d remember it. And
then…you didn’t. If you want to easily recall which home had the
entertainer’s backyard and which had the ensuite you always wanted,
document the homes you visit. Take pictures of the home’s exterior
and interior. You might also:
• Note the address. This will help if you need information on
schools, crime rates, or traffic patterns.
• Label the photos to quickly recall which property had the chef’s
kitchen and which had the enormous master ensuite.
• List any favorable or unfavorable characteristics of the
Raquel Magro Realtor guides you through the house hunting process to
find the home of your dreams. Click the link to get started.
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