Looking to buy a home in Northern New Jersey?
Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you will make, with long-term financial ramifications. It calls for many informed decisions and for good advice from a professional. When buying a home, you can learn from the knowledge and skill of a Real Estate Agent.
What can Real Estate Agents do to help you buy the right home for you?
I will help you determine how much home you can actually afford. I can also suggest additional ways to accrue the down payment and help you come up with alternative financing methods.
If you need, I can introduce you to a mortgage counselor and arrange to have you "pre-approved" which can improve your negotiating position and enable you to achieve your home-buying objectives faster and with less stress.
Providing client level services, they can work for you as a buyer's agent and help negotiate the best price and terms for you. Or, they can serve as a seller's sub-agent (or disclosed dual agent), acting as a liaison between you and the seller to present offers and counteroffers until an agreement is reached.
They will help you work out a realistic idea of the home best suited to your needs - size, style, features, location, accessibility to schools, transportation, shopping, and other personal preferences.
They have access to a listing of all available homes in the multi-list system, can evaluate them in terms of your needs and affordability, and will not waste your time showing you unsuitable homes.
They can often suggest simple, imaginative changes that could make a home more suitable for you and improve its utility and value.
They can supply information on real estate values, taxes, utility costs, municipal services and facilities, and may be aware of proposed zoning changes that could affect your decision to buy.
Although the law does not normally require an attorney to review documents or oversee real estate closings, they can provide you with a list of law practitioners to choose from if you would like to use the services of an attorney.
They can help familiarize you with the closing process and they will obtain closing figures in advance of closing for your review.
They can provide you with a list of qualified home inspectors, pest inspectors, surveyors, and help to coordinate inspection appointments.
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"Stephen helped us buy our dream home. He was also able to find tenants for our apartment within one week. He thoroughly answered any questions that we had about buying, and addressed any concerns we had about being landlords. He helped us find a great home inspector, real estate attorney, and mortgage broker. We highly recommend Stephen to anyone looking to buy, sell, or rent!"
- Candice & James