Work with a lo­cal real es­tate agent

Real es­tate agents are an in­valu­able re­source to home buy­ers

The Beacon Herald - - REAL ESTATE -

and are es­pe­cially valu­able to those buy­ers who have never be­fore pur­chased a home. Agents can help first-time buy­ers nav­i­gate the of­ten con­fus­ing and, at times, dis­ap­point­ing process of buy­ing a home. Choose an agent who is es­tab­lished in the area where you want to buy a home. He or she can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal prop­erty taxes and schools as well as a mul­ti­tude of ad­di­tional is­sues that first-time buy­ers may not think of. Agents also know the lay of the land re­gard­ing home prices, which can ease first-time buy­ers’ fears about over­pay­ing for their first homes.

A home is the big­gest pur­chase many peo­ple will ever make. First-time buy­ers may be in­tim­i­dated as they be­gin search­ing for their homes, but there are sev­eral ways to make the process go smoothly.

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