Tips for Buying a Home in Encino
I love finding great advice online and sharing it with my peeps! Enjoy these tips for those of you looking to buy a home in Encino, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys or anywhere in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, United States or World.
The top tips if you would like to buy a home
GET Pre-QUALIFIED with a local and Trusted Loan Officer.
The biggest factor in buying a home is whether you can get a mortgage, how much they will loan you, how much you will need for a down payment and closing costs and what price range you should be looking at.
HIRE A BUYER AGENT:
Here in California a buyer can hire a buyer agent at no cost to them. The Buyer Agent gets paid their commission from an amount the listing agent has posted in the MLS. As a buyer you really should have an agent who guides you through EACH step of the Buying process.
Tips to help you hire a buyer agent (hint – Ben Vorspan)
- Choose a FULL TIME Agent.
You want an agent whose sole job is working in Real Estate. You want to make sure they are available when needed to answer questions or be guiding you through the buying process.
- Choose a Full Service Agent.
Sure discount brokers may charge slightly less but you can get substantially LESS in the service you receive. You want someone guiding you through EACH step, not just the easy one’s leaving you on your own through the harder or stressful ones.
- Choose a LOCAL agent.
Too many agents from out of town and even out of state are looking for you to hire them. They may not know your area, your neighborhood, not know your children’s schools, where you shop, which church you go to and may not be able to be there on a moments notice when needed.
- Choose an Experienced Agent.
Not every agent is experienced with all types of homes, areas and types of sales. Choose an Agent that is Experienced in SELLING Homes. It is what we do and what we do well.
- Choose an agent who will ASSIST YOU THROUGH EACH STEP of the Buying process.
There is nothing worse than being left to fend for yourself. Your agent should be there through each step, answering your questions, guiding you and giving you peace of mind.
This list was featured in a recent blog post, which you can find here.