Buyer Step 4: Find the Home of Your Dreams

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Find the Home of Your Dreams

At this point, you’re probably excited and full of optimism and soon we’ll be doing showings. Now comes the most important step--Finding the right home. You should be set up on a MLS search already and getting those MLS results regularly. While you’re looking at the MLS feeds each day I will also be networking my contacts to find you homes before they go on the market.

When the MLS email comes in we need you to:

1.   Check the MLS email daily and review all of the properties we’ve sent you that day. Mark properties you want to see as Interested. I'll then email you within 24 hours to set up a time to see that property. Properties you want to think about longer mark as Maybe. Properties you definitely don’t like mark as Not Interested. If you have any questions about a particular property, email or text me.

2.   If there’s something you love and want to see asap, shoot me a quick email or text with when you would you are available and what you want to see. I will schedule the showing, if possible. Remember, many properties require 24 to 48 hours notice for showings. Also, properties are usually available to be seen Mon – Fri from 9am – 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 6:30pm. Also, during the spring and summer, great properties can sell in 3-4 days so it’s important that you review the MLS email daily so we can jump on a great property as soon as you see it.

3.  Once I know when you’re available, I will set up the showings and email you where we are meeting and when. I will also ask if you want me to pick you up and drive you to the showing or meet you there.

4.   Remember to wear comfortable slip on shoes for showings as we’ll generally need to take them on and off at each property.

5.  I will have a print out of the MLS listing sheets for you as well as emailing you the listing ahead of time so you can look at them on your phone during the showing so no need for you to bring anything other than snacks or drinks if you think you might get hungry. 

While you’re looking at the MLS feeds each day I will also be networking my contacts to find you homes before they go on the market.

At this point there should be no need for you to continue to look on other sites such as Zillow, Trulia, etc. as all of those properties should be showing up in your MLS feed. If one isn’t for some reason let us know so we can tweak the search parameters of your MLS feed.

Dress for the weather. The walkway or driveway may be snowy, icy, muddy, etc. The house may or may not have AC or heat.

1.  Vacant houses may not have any utilities turned on.
2.  Don’t assume we’ll be able to use the restroom so plan accordingly.
3.  Focus on the property not their furnishings, artwork, etc. as you’re buying the property not their stuff.
4.  Avoid touching furniture or personal items as we don’t want to be responsible should something break.
5.  Remind children not to play with the toys and things they see in the house.
6.  Some sellers will have Nanny Cams in their homes so be aware of what you say and do. Don’t talk about how much you can afford, what kind of offer you want to make on the home, etc.       while in the house in case someone is listening.
7.  If sellers are home, be careful not to give too much away about yourself and why you’re buying as that information could hurt us later during the negotiation process.

At this point there should be no need for you to continue to look on other sites such as Zillow, Trulia, etc. as all of those properties should be showing up in your MLS feed. If one isn’t for some reason let me know so I can tweak the search parameters of your MLS feed.

Now on to the showings!

 Read this great article about how many showings it usually takes to find the ONE.