Most first time Los Angeles home buyers start the process anxious, excited, nervous, and some even terrified. It’s natural. A home is the largest and most expensive purchase that most people will make in a lifetime. It can either turn out to be a complete financial disaster or an excellent long-term investment.
The person standing between it being a huge financial mistake or a valuable asset is the real estate agent you select. Still, a Realtor can only help as much as the buyer allows. Just as vital as having an experienced agent by their side is, there are things that first-time home buyers should do.
Here is a list of tips to help first-time Los Angeles home buyers enable their real estate agent to do the best job that they can:
- Make Lists: Write a list of the things that you want and a list of the things that you need in a home. Share this list with your Realtor so that she can better help find what you are looking for. Update or add to your list as you think of things and share those changes with your agent.
- Keep Notes: Your Realtor is going to keep records of the homes that you see. However you should also keep your own notes as you go to open houses. After each home, share what you liked and what you didn’t with your real estate agent. That will help her narrow the search down for you.
- Organize Your Documents: Keep your documents organized and in one place.
- Stay Positive: Maybe the most important tip for first-time home buyers is to stay positive. Even after you have found the home that you want, made an offer, and had it accepted, the process of closing can sometimes be stressful. If you’ve looked at numerous homes and still haven’t found what you want, stay calm. Trust your agent to get it right for you.