It’s a chicken and an egg type situation, when you get right down to it.
Here’s the thing: when you’re a first time homebuyer (or even a veteran, for that matter) there are a lot of things you need to consider. There’s a whole slew of professionals who are involved in your home-buying process, and a whole lot of steps to consider. It can be overwhelming to say the least.
Well, there’s no hard and fast rule, but my professional two cents is this: get yourself an experienced agent.
Your loan is absolutely important. I mean, you’re not even going to be In fact, before you ever even head out the door to start house hunting, a lot of agents will require a pre-approval. So why, then, would I tell you to get an agent before a lender?
Because, like I mentioned before, there are a lot of steps involved in this whole home-buying process, and you’ll want someone who can walk you through the whole process, not just a small part of it. Experienced professional real estate agents will come with a whole entourage of experienced, professional professionals that they can refer you to.
Whatever your situation, your Realtor will be able to help you figure out how your home fits into that situation, and find you a lender (as well as the other important players in the transaction) that can cater to whatever your particular situation may be – and you’ll be able to be confident that your agent is confident in their recommendation.
At the end of the day (or rather, at the start of this process) you need someone who can be involved in every step of the transaction. You’ll want someone who can keep you updated, let you know what’s coming next, and keep the process moving as smoothly as possible.
So do you need to get pre-approved before you start searching for a home? It’s a really really good idea. But the first step you should take? Find yourself a Real Estate agent who’s ready and willing to show you the way home.
Are you ready to get started now? I’d be honored to help you find your way home.