Friend thinks My house search strategy is a waste of time, your opinions please?

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May 24, 2019 / By Stephenie
Question: Hi. May I have your opinions on the following situation. I am in process of seriously searching for a house. I wrote a list of all the particulars I am looking for in a house. I am also narrowing a list of neighborhoods where I am interested in living. I have been driving through these neighborhoods, on and off, at different times of day, and during the different seasons, just to see how the neighborhood is. I have also been researching information on the internet, and asking people that live in the areas I am interested in for information. My friend thinks that I am wasting my time, and that I should just let a real estate agent find me a house in a particular area. My argument, was why would I want to go to an area sight unseen? Real estate agents are interested in SELLING a house, I don't think they do all the research and neighborhood checking that I am doing, or do they? What do you think? I thought I was covering all the bases. Thank you! :) BTW, I am seriously searching now, in several areas that I have narrowed won. I started "driving the neighborhoods" last year to get a feel for the areas, including traffic at rush hour , etc. My friend says that my agent would do all this legwork for me. BTW, I am seriously searching now, in several areas that I have narrowed won. I started "driving the neighborhoods" last year to get a feel for the areas, including traffic at rush hour , etc. My friend says that my agent would do all this legwork for me. Sorry about the double post. I got an error message when I first clicked submit. Didn't know it went through anyway.
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Quianna Quianna | 9 days ago
Actually, you and your friend are both right. It really depends on the agent that you choose. I hate to admit it, but many agents do not do their homework. We are good people with good intentions, but on the other hand by you driving neighborhoods and doing your research is a huge help to agents (You are NOT wasting your time). We don't always know what our clients are thinking, and if you have already determined what are you want to be in then you will be more satisfied with your home choice. It is a huge help to me when a client has already been thru many areas in town. With that said, you need to listen to your agent because many times they know information about an area that you may not know just by driving thru it. Also, you need to choose an agent as carefully as you are choosing a neighborhood. Good Luck!
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Quianna Originally Answered: Isn't homework a big waste of time?
Homework is not a waste of time, it gives teachers the oportunity of knowing if the students know what they are actually doing, or that they are actually learning. What are you? A high school student? Well, let me tell you, if you drop out, or if you don't further your education, yes, you will end up in a minimum wage job, but if you DO further your education and graduate from college, you can be pretty successful if you want to. Dancing and getting naked in front of men is a disgrace. You should not even consider that an option, that's just the worse thing a woman can do. It's the easy way out, it's the dirty way out. Do you know how many men are going to touch you with their dirty hands? Do you know how many DISGUSTING looking men are going to be staring at you with those "I want to rape you" eyes? Think about the bad parts.. it's worse than it sounds.

Meggie Meggie
Let's say you bought a house without checking anything and then you realized that at night the street turns out to be a "Cruise" hang out or there is some funky smell that comes around once a month....you name it. Guess what your smarty pants friend would be saying...that's right..."Why didn't you do some checking first, you should drove through the neighborhood to see for yourself" and so on. Am I right! So, I think you are to be commended for taking personal responsibility in your decisions. Also, since you have done pretty much all the leg work you have some additional negotiating power with the buyers agent. Commissions are always negotiable. If all the agent needs to do is right the contract for you and show a house that you found then their work load, time and gas, has been diminished, so you should get a cash rebate at close. Also, by the way it seems you do things, I am going to guess your finances are in order so you can get a great loan as well. Good Luck! P.S. We have a Realtor Network that we have already negotiated cash back at close with. P.P.S. I can get you pre-approved if you have not already, you will need a pre-approval letter to submit an offer.
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Lawanda Lawanda
Personally, I think you are doing the right thing. I would do the same thing if I were looking to buy a house, after all, you have to live there, not the real estate agent. Your narrowing down your list, and that is good. Now would be a good time to get in touch with someone who can help you even further. Spend your energy now on resurching a good real estate agent, and you should have the home of your dreams.
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Jodi Jodi
I think that what you are doing is great! There are things that real estate agents can forget, or not know because it is not important to them. If you are comfortable doing this "leg work" then continue on! This is where you are going to live and purchasing a house is a big investment. You can't just pack up and leave if you find that the agent forgot to tell you about the train that runs behind your house everynight at 11:00pm. You are covering all the bases and should be proud of yourself. Good Luck on the house hunting!
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Gale Gale
I dont think you are wasting your time. This is a HUGE amount of money that you are going to pay for a house, you better make sure you are happy to live in it. You are right about the agents, they will give you a brief summary of the neighborhood, but they are ultimately there to make money. Good work on all the homework, most people dont do that.
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Deanne Deanne
You are doing the right thing and finding our information that agents will never know or just plain lie about. If you find a house that you want to make an offer on, follow through with the next step and get an independent and tough home inspection.
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Brielle Brielle
Alana, Just like any industry, there are professionals and there are jokers. Realtors are a great resource if they know what they're doing. What really helps is that you already know what you want. But interview realtors before you go with them and ask them things like: 1) How well do you know the area that i'm looking to purchase in? 2) Have you lived there before? 3) How many clients have you helped buy homes for in this area? 4) How many clients have purchased a home with you in the last year? (minimum is 24). If you ask these questions and they're hesitating, just politely say, "Thanks for your time but i feel i have a more qualified realtor to choose from". It's that easy.
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Brielle Originally Answered: Do search engines allow you to search for Web pages by specific words or phrases?
I would say true b/c when I was in high school, I had an English teacher that would get on yahoo and type in the first sentence or two of a few people's essays. It would pull up the site and the essay and he'd give them an F for cheating. lol
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