Buying a Home in Palm Beach County
Buying a home is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever get to do in life! It’s a satisfying accomplishment to own your own home. However, in Palm Beach County, it can also be a complex and sometime frustrating process. Many first-time home buyers find the process stressful, but with the right agent, it doesn’t have to be!
Whether you’re buying your first home or your fifth, you’re going to have a lot of questions and concerns, and there’s going to be issues and challenges that are going to unfold throughout the lengthy process. Just as you look to your doctor or your lawyer for advice and guidance when making a big decision, look to your local real estate agent when you’re ready to buy a home.
The Realtor’s job is to advise and guide a home buyer to the best of their abilities, based on their knowledge and experience in the local neighborhood or market. That’s important to keep in mind when choosing which real estate agent you want to work with. The more experienced the agent, and the more your personality “gels” with that of the agent’s, the smoother and more enjoyable the experience of buying a home will be.
Problems that are guaranteed to arise during the process can be exasperated by an inexperienced agent, which could end up costing you tremendously in both time and money. Here’s some tips for finding the perfect buyer’s agent for you.
How to hire the right real estate buyer’s agent
Here are five basic things you need to ask any real estate agent you are considering to hire:
- Are you a full-time agent?
- When was your last completed transaction?
- How long have you been licensed?
- Are you a member of the MLS?
- Do you have a reference I can speak to?
These are extremely important things to know about your real estate agent before you hire them to help you buy a home! Answers to any of these questions of “I don’t know” or “not recently” or “no” should be red flags. You wouldn’t hire a part-time or inexperienced doctor, would you?
Besides the experience and ability of an agent, the most important consideration you need to take is how well you get a long with the agent. Ask yourself: Is this someone I can trust has my best interests in mind? Do I like the pace at which this agent moves? Is he or she too pushy, too shy, or generally uninterested in our conversations?
Beware of agents that you don’t “mesh” well with. If you’re not meshing well, you’re not listening to each other. The give and take between a home buyer and their agent is extremely important – as a home buyer, you need to be communicating clearly and specifically what your goals and expectations are, and the agent needs to be able to target and deliver on those goals. Two personalities that don’t mesh, or at worst clash are not going to achieve the relationship needed to make the experience efficient and worry-free.
Buying a home in Palm Beach County can be challenging
In this market, in order to get to the closing table and buy the home of your dreams at a price you can afford, it’s going to require an agent who knows the market like the back of their hand, who has closed recent deals (so they have a pulse on the seller’s sentiment), and quick and clever negotiating skills. Make sure the agent you’ve hired can handle the big job at hand.
Download Our Latest Guide for Buyers
Written by Broker-Owner Tracie Copeland, this short PDF download will explain everything you need to know about the home buying process, in four basic steps. Plus, get market information on the nine most popular cities in Palm Beach County!