By Kris Bickell
Buying a home is one of the most stressful – and exciting –
events most people will ever experience.
If you’ve never bought a home before, hiring a realtor to help
you through the home buying process is practically a must!
Even if you’ve gone through the home buying process before
(especially if you’ve gone through it before) you know that it
is a good idea to hire a realtor to help you find your new
There are so many details involved with purchasing a house,
that having a realtor to help you remember them all will
minimize the chances that you will “get taken for a ride”.
Housing prices right now are the highest they’ve ever been –
even a small mistake or misunderstanding can be VERY costly!
Here are 3 good reasons to hire a realtor (and NOT the same
selling the home!) to help you buy a home:
1) It does not cost you, the buyer, anything. While most
realtors will ask you to sign a contract, there is usually no
cost involved. If you are asked to pay a small fee, ask that
be waived, especially if this is your first time buying a
But having a realtor help you avoid just one mistake could
you a SIGNIFICANT amount of money!
2) The advice of a professional is often very valuable. Buying
real estate can be very complex – not knowing all the rules
put you at a disadvantage. Plus, having an extra set of eyes
ears to help you look out for problems (and opportunities) can
make a BIG difference.
3) There are many steps involved, and when you are excited
about a house, it’s easy to miss a step. Or make an offer that
is too high (or too low). Or forget an item you wanted to
negotiate. One simple mistake can easily cost you hundreds,
even thousands, of dollars. And once contracts are signed, it
is often too late to go back and fix something that was
Sure, you can learn a lot about buying real estate from books
and manuals found in your local bookstore and online:
• House hunting
• Making a reasonable offer
• Inspecting the house
• Signing the paperwork
But once your emotions get involved – and your bank account –
the home buying process can get very hectic. So having a
realtor, one who know what you are looking for, and who knows
the “ins” and “outs” of the process, is a step you should not
About The Author: Kris Bickell is the owner of
www.HouseBuying-Tips.com. For more tips on buying a
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10 Costly Mistakes When Buying Your First Home