First steps detailed here are pretty good
- Credit History
- Pre approval
- Your Priorties
- The search
- You are home
I think choosing the right people for the job is what matters. To start with I will focus on choosing the right Realtor.
I see that most of the realtors claim that they are not pushy and are not like car salesman. Why are car salesman looked so down upon? Can a car salesman not say that I am not like a Realtor.
Well from my perspective these are two different salesman in two different contexts, one is selling you something in the range of 20K to 30K (if you are buying cars like Camry , Accord, Corolla, Civic etc).
Realtor is trying to get you into a house you like worth close to 200K to 400K (shouldn't I just go to Redfin). So the Realtor cannot be pushy like a cars salesman since I would be uncomfortable since it is such a huge amount and will walk away from it. I am not an expert but I would choose these when selecting realtor
- In all circumstances he should have your interest
- How comfortable he is with comparable sales and running repeatedly
Choosing a realtor is almost like you started a small company and hiring your first employee, would you hire someone if he did not have your interest.
A lot of home ownership is dependent on whom you choose at the end of the day as he or she can be the deal breaker. I will not like a realtor recommending me something without doing his research and showing me the numbers (As said "numbers don't lie").