You have been busy browsing homes on the major real estate sites, you click a button here, and one there for more information, enter in a quick email address, your first name, maybe even a phone number and POOF your phone and email blows up with contacts from real estate agents and lenders begging and pleading for your business.
The major trafficked search sites for real estate are typically not brokerages who can help assist you in buying a home, but are marketing vessels for realtors and lenders who are trying to gain your business.
Realtors and lenders often pay hefty fees for your information and in many cases this information goes to multiple agents/lenders for one area. Let’s say you are looking for a home in one zip code in Land O Lakes Florida and click on a get more information button on a home, that information will go to multiple agents. Now you see another home in Land O Lakes, but it has a different zip code, well guess what, you just multiplied the number of agents who will contact you… and if you are looking in a broad area, and keep hitting the more info button…. I think you get the picture!
Rather that waste precious time combing through homes, clicking buttons and fending off phone calls, emails and texts, do a little research on a few agents, schedule a phone interview or sit down for coffee and get to know him/her, and ask to speak with past clients. This is the person who can potentially save you thousands of dollars on your home purchase or sale.
Once you get to trust your agent, go back to the major search sites, cause I know how much you love looking at potential homes, only this time copy the links to your realtor and let him/her do what they know how to do.
A good buyer’s agent can give you an in-depth price analysis, information on taxes, hoa’s, sinkholes, permitting, insurance and so much more!