NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY A HOME. OR IS IT? WE FOUND A BROKER WHO GAVE US THE REAL DEAL ON REAL ESTATE.
Many Agents Are Clueless
You have to take a course to get a licence. I went to night classes, but I know people who took online courses they bought on Groupon. The best way to find an agent is by word of mouth, not website reviews. (Shifty agents can get their friends to write reviews.)
There’s No “Golden Month”
Yes, buyers and sellers prefer warmer seasons and like to work around the school year. But that old line “Now is a great time to buy/sell” is just to hurry you along.
It’s More Than the House
Too many buyers overvalue school districts. Dig through the local newspaper online for talk of a future train station or upscale supermarket. Both are great for property values. New landfill? Not so much.
They’ll Waste Your Time
Agents will show you homes you can’t afford in order to push your budget boundaries. They may even show you a rubbish house right before a beautiful one, so the pricier option will be more tempting.
Commission Is Negotiable
The "standard" is 7% on a co-brokered deal – but you can haggle down to 5 and lower. How? Tell the agent you’re equipped to sell the house, or that your friend had an agent who helped him with a similar transaction at a lower cost.
Staging a Home Isn’t Hard
Patch holes and scrub stains, and never underestimate the power of new mulch, fresh paint, clean windows, and shiny floors. Biscuits and champagne can’t hurt either.