The first time you meet with a realtor can be nerve wracking, especially if you’ve never sold or purchased a home before. ?Don’t feel pressured or intimidated by the first realtor you meet with our by the family friend who works in the business. You need to find a realtor who is wiling to work for you, one you understands you, and someone you feel comfortable with and you trust. Feel free to shop around a little until you get the right fit, just make sure you don’t sign any contracts until you’ve decided who you will ultimately work with.
The next step is to do a little research of your own. First of all make a list of features, whether you’re selling or buying, write down the home’s features. Be honest about the features your home has if you’re selling, but be sure to include things that people like such as a good neighborhood, great school districts, low crime rates. If you’re looking to buy, try listing the things that mean the most to you in order so you know what’s expendable if it comes down to it.
Then explore the dollars and cents of it all. If you’re buying, talk to a banker and get preapproved so you know for sure what price range you’re shopping in. If you’re selling, explore like homes in the neighborhood and learn what they’re listed at or what they’ve recently sold for. You’re best off if you have an idea of your own expenses and where you fit in the grand scheme of things.