Is it a bad thing to re-blog a re-blog of a blog? (Try saying that five times fast!)
I picked up a great re-blog today on Phil Faranda’s blog. The original entry is written by a Westchester County Realtor, Ruthmarie Hicks, and contains a wealth of excellent resources for Homebuyers. Resources are where it’s at here at tcurranmortgage.com as witness my Useful Links page.
I believe it’s important to verify the information anyone gives you when you’re buying a home, whether that information is provided by your Realtor or the Loan Originator or your attorney. “Trust but verify,” especially when this process of buying a home today is so difficult and fraught with many interesting changes and idiosyncrasies.
Ruthmarie gives Buyers insight into information that cannot be discussed by the Realtor due to Federal Fair Housing regulations. She goes on to provide links to websites that Buyers can use to find out the information they need to make an informed decision about the location and town where they wish to buy a home. It’s hard work, and Ruthmarie stresses that!
Ruthmarie says, “…buying a home IS work. These are the basics that buyers need to do when picking a neighborhood where they will be living for years to come. I have also found that buyers who aren’t willing to do this – really aren’t buyers.”
That last statement might seem rather rude, but I see it instead as the mark of an experienced professional. A good portion of what I’ve written here on my site is for serious buyers. I have long stressed the importance of working with an experienced full-time Realtor. Realtors of this ilk are folk who take their jobs very seriously and want to know they are investing their valuable time (and sharing their equally valuable experience) with Buyers who won’t waste either. To that extent, Realtors like Ruthmarie and Phil carefully “read” prospective Buyers to gauge their seriousness.
I’d hazard a guess that most horror stories we all hear about bad experiences Buyers have when buying a home comes down more to the fact these Buyers did not display the traits of a serious prospective customer and thus were cast aside to work with the less-experienced (or worse, “PART TIME!”) Realtor. And for that, you truly get what you pay for.
When I sit with clients who are working with a Realtor unknown to me, and I hear how the Realtor has been working with them, I can usually identify a Serious Pro from a “dabbler.” If we’re working with a veteran, then my clients and I have a truly tranquil experience; when we’re working with a novice, well, it’s usually a very bumpy ride.
You must identify an experienced Realtor in your desired shopping area; otherwise you’re wasting your time. I have written extensively on the signs of a Pro here on tcurranmortgage.com. Use that advice, get to work finding a great Realtor, and do your hard work of buying your first home!
Kudos to Ruthmarie for an excellent blog and thanks to Phil for re-blogging so I might grab it up for the readers of tcurranmortgage.com
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