Why Choose a Buyer's Agent?12/9/2017
If you're looking for a home in the Blue Ridge and North Georgia Mountain area, you've come to the right place. But why should you work with a Buyer's Agent? And why should you choose Mark Berry? Won't just any Realtor do?
You Need Someone On Your Side
While any real estate agent can show you property and write up a contract, you want someone who will actively represent you and your interests in your next purchase of real estate. You can get that with a Buyer's Agent, who will work exclusively for you. If you work with the agent who listed the property, for example, their first loyalty is to the seller. While they will try to be fair to you in the transaction, they aren't going to look out for you like a buyer's agent will. Working with Mark assures you a dedicated agent to answer questions, negotiate on your behalf, and help you get the property of your dreams.
Does It Cost More to Work With a Buyer's Agent?
The commission on the property that gets sold is paid by the seller, so you don't have to worry about a lot of costs to work with a particular agent. Instead, you can simply sign an agreement that you'll only work with Mark for that particular transaction, and then it's time to look at all the great North Georgia Mountain properties you want to see. There are plenty of wonderful homes for sale, and one of them is just waiting to be yours. By working closely with Mark, you can see all the properties that interest you and put in an offer on the one you like the best. Then the negotiations begin, and Mark is dedicated to helping you get the best deal possible.
If you're looking for property in the Blue Ridge and North Georgia Mountain area, don't hesitate to reach out to Mark. I'm here to help, and ready to be your Buyer's Agent today.
5 Tips for Buying a Home5/23/2017
Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.
Get your finances in order.
Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.
Find a house you can afford.
As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.
Hire a professional.
While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.
Do your homework.
Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.
Think long term.
Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future.
Call Mark today so he can help you begin finding your new home in the Blue Ridge and North Georgia Mountains.