Thursday, June 23, 2022 / by Terri Christian
Invariably, the first time you meet or speak to your real estate agent, the same prompt starts the conversation: “tell me about yourself and your real estate goals.” Seems simple enough to answer. “I need more space” or “I’m ready to downsize” are common answers. While these answers may be at the heart of the decision for change, they neglect to provide the concrete data your agent needs to identify the right prospective homes. This in turn leads to frustration and wasted time and energy—on both sides—and ultimately will not help find the best housing option for you. Before meeting with your agent, consider the specifics of what you need. For example, when explaining that you need more space, be specific about what that means. Do you need more bedrooms for a home office or a new baby? Would you like to have a larger kitchen or a bigger yard? In other words, what does “space” mean to you? Discuss specifics about your lifestyle as well. Would one “great room” be a better configuration than separate living and dining areas? Would you like to live close to a park or school? Would you value a private, gated community? These are just a few of the specifics your agent needs to know. Your agent wants to provide you the best options to tour; not only is that a good use of your time, but theirs as well. There is no reason to see 25 homes each weekend if only 4 of them suit your needs. By having clearer conversations upfront, you can save valuable time and find the right home faster.