Rules to Seeing Homes… What a Buyer Should Know

Posted October 4, 2021 in Real Estate Trends

tracie demars, Clark County WA real estate agent

When you hire a Realtor to help with your new home adventure, you are ready for the fun part – looking at homes! This is an exciting time for buyers, as every home you visit has the possibility to be “the one”, the one you make an offer on, the one you buy, the ONE that becomes YOUR HOME.

Remember, this is very stressful for the seller because currently it is their home and they’re leaving so strangers can come in and make it their own. From the homeowners (sellers), we ask that the home be available to show, that the home is clean, nothing of value is left out, and all medicines are out of sight (not left in bathrooms or kitchen cabinets). Anything that a seller wants excluded from the sale is noted, and they are asked to be gone for showings.

Before we go house shopping, we ask that you (the buyer) have a preapproval letter with a solid lender, do not look at homes above your price range, and know the top three things you want in a home.

When a Realtor opens the lockbox to show you a home, we are taking responsibility for everything that happens from that moment on, until we lock up the house and put the key back. Real Estate is not like HGTV; you don’t get to wander the home while your Realtor sits outside. We must be with you at all times when touring your potential new home.

Often, we have more than one home to look at. Many homes are owner occupied so your Realtor makes appointments. We do the best we can to make sure we have enough time to look at the homes, but we need to stay within our timeframes as the sellers are waiting to come home, or other Realtors waiting to show the home.

ASK QUESTIONS!! This is a home you are considering buying. Your Realtor is here to help. If we can’t answer your questions, we can at least guide you in the right direction to get your answers. Buying a home is a very emotional experience. Your Realtor is here to point out pros/cons, and to help you. Trust your heart, but use your head… or your Realtor. Remember, we work for YOU!