As a Buyer, when you first start working with a Realtor® they are going to request a sit down meeting with you. This meeting could take place at their office or even a coffee shop. Why do we do this before jumping in and showing you prospective houses?
It gives us a chance to get to know you better. I have a series of questions I ask all of my buyers that helps me understand the type of house you are looking for, where you want the house to be, features you would like the house to have and what’s most important to you. These interview type questions help save time in the long run by helping me understand you better.
A sit down meeting also give you a chance to interview the agent. Ask questions, anything you want. You need to feel comfortable working with me and confident I have your best interests at heart.
If you’ve never bought a home before, or if you did but it was years ago, you may not be aware of everything involved. During our first meeting I will explain the process to you, what steps are involved, and what your responsibilities are as well as mine.
If you have not gotten pre-approved for a mortgage your agent will refer you to a couple of great lenders they trust and have worked with in the past. In today’s strong sellers market you will need to send a pre-approval letter from the lender to the seller along with your offer.
Last, but certainly not least is safety. It’s never wise to meet someone you don’t know in a vacant home. Your agent may also ask for a copy of your drivers license, that’s standard procedure in many offices today.
When you take the time to meet with a Realtor® at the beginning of your home search you have the opportunity to ensure they are the right person for you.
Kelly Harden, Realtor®, GRI
Century 21 Affiliated, Tampa Bay