Why Do You Need A Realtor?
A Realtor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the business of buying a home. In fact, a licensed real estate professional provides much more than just helping you find the home of your dreams. Realtors are not just sales agents. They are expert negotiators, seasoned financial advisors, and superb navigators of local neighborhoods. They are members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and must abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice enforced by the NAR. A professional Realtor is your best resource in the home buying process.
Let Us Be Your Real Estate Professionals
Working with The Star Team can save you time, money, and frustration. We can help with any house, even if it is listed by another agent or for sale by the home owner directly. Our team is an excellent source for general information about the community, specific information about schools, churches, and shopping.
We are experienced at presenting your offer to the homeowner or other agent and can help you through the process of negotiating the best price.
The BEST part is having us as your buyer’s agent doesn’t cost you a thing! Generally, the seller pays the Realtor’s commission. However, that doesn’t affect our dedication that we will put into helping you find the perfect home.
The Guide to Buying Your Home
Congratulations! The decision to buy a home is an exciting one. The experience should be enjoyable as well as hassle free.
On the surface, buying a home may seem like a straightforward process. There are, however, dozens of loose ends to tie up between signing the contract and closing the sale.
We will provide you with honest, accurate information so that you can make well informed decisions regarding your home purchase. We will give you an idea of what to expect during each phase of your transaction.
We can help you purchase existing homes, homes that are for sale by owner, and new construction.
Making this transaction as easy as possible for you is our job, and we are happy to serve all of your real estate needs!
The Home Buying Process
Choosing an Agent – Choosing an agent to guide you through the home buying process is as important as the actual purchase of the home.
Getting Pre-Approved – In today’s home buying environment, obtaining a mortgage pre approval is not only essential, it is easy to obtain.
A mortgage pre-approval lets you know exactly what you can afford to buy and helps us to narrow down homes to show you. It also gives you a head start in the loan commitment process. We have partners in the mortgage lending field that we can connect you to.
Creating a Wish List – This step is extremely important, almost every home purchase involves some degree of compromise. It is important to prioritize your wants and needs before we begin the home search. There are many variables depending on your lifestyle, budget, and future plans. Some things to consider may include;
Location – The Treasure Coast offers many great neighborhoods, each with its own character. Consider what is important to you: school, neighborhood amenities, shops, parks, gated developments, or properties with acreage.
Type of home – A great diversity of homes exists: single family homes, condominiums, town homes, new construction, vintage homes, re-sale homes, and fixer uppers. You most likely have a preference and should weigh the pros and cons of each type.
Featured amenities – Garage parking, hardwood floors, fireplace, outdoor space. These decisions drive you to purchase one home versus another. While making your pro and con lists, some additional things to consider are: resale value, your daily routine, and the cost of changes down the road.
Finding Your Perfect Home
Once you have your mortgage pre-approval and selected us as your real estate agents, you are ready to begin your home search and put our team to work for you.
In todays society, about 80% of consumers begin their home search online. If you would like to search online please utilize our website real estate search tools. Our website includes tools that let you not only search for homes we have listed but what is for sale in the MLS. Best of all, you’re in control. Sign up for us to manage and customize your search, receive e-mail updates on new listings as they become available, and compare properties you may be interested in.
Review Listings – Using the guidelines you set, we will present you with available listings. In addition to price and property attributes, pay close attention to monthly assessments for condos and town homes.
View Properties – We will schedule showings and accompany you on each appointment. When you walk through a home, some things to consider: how the space functions for your lifestyle, what is included in the total square footage (balcony or garage), and in new construction, which features are upgrades and what are standard.
Open Houses – Remember, if you are attending open houses with us, be sure to mention you are being represented by a real estate agent. This will save you from being bombarded with calls from other agents. We will supply you with business cards to make the open house sign in process that much easier.
Compare Properties – Discuss each home you see with us and provide feedback. Your expectations and the marketplace will begin to converge, and we will be able to adjust certain parameters such as location and features in order to present you with alternatives. When you find the perfect home and are ready to make an offer, we will perform a comparative market analysis (CMA) to help you formulate your offer.