If you are in the market for a home in the Valley, more specifically down valley, there are things you can do to stay ahead of the rest. As you have probably already seen first hand, any nice home worth bidding on does not stay on the Market for long. Homes that are in great condition and priced to Sell are going under contract quicker than you can say, "it was Active yesterday!"
If you have decided that it is time to purchase a home there are little things you can do to stand above the competition.
1. Get pre-approved, do yourself a favor and get pre-qualified.
2. Find yourself a competent Realtor that has access to the MLS and extensive market knowledge.
3. Understanding what the MLS is and how you can benefit from it. (Read #2 again)
The thing to keep in mind is how you set yourself up. If you are waiting to see what is out there and getting your information from third party web-sites like Trulia, Realtor, or Zillow chances are you are looking at old and dated information.
You call up a Realtor and tell them about the Property you just saw and cannot believe your ears…Is this Realtor living under a rock? That cannot be! Actually it is. This is very common and happens all the time.
Let me draw a different scenario for you on how it should go down. You call a Realtor they sign you up as your Agent. Your Listing Agent explains to you the importance of getting pre-qualified and offers you three great references of Lenders in town that know the market just as well as they do.
Your Realtor sets up a web portal that notifies you of all the homes that are of interest to you. You would be happily surprised to see how specific it can get based on the amenities you feel are "must haves" in your new home.
Your Realtor listens to everything you say (they are out there!) When that home hits the market that you have been searching for you see it first. You are in a position to make an offer because your Realtor made sure that you had all of your ducks in a row.
Which position would you like to be in? It's a no brainer. So the next time you think…. "ahhh who needs a Realtor I can find everything I need on the Internet." Remember this. All Realtors are not created equal. Take your time to ask the right questions. It is in your benefit and we are here to help you. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Call a qualified Realtor like myself, you will be glad you did.