Main Content

TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS

Most home buyers start the process anxious, excited, nervous, and some are downright terrified. It’s natural. A home is the largest and most expensive purchase that most people will make in a lifetime. It can either turn out to be a complete financial disaster or a smart long-term investment.

The person standing between it being a huge financial mistake or a valuable asset is you, the agent. Still, the agent can only help as much as the buyer allows. As vital as having an experienced agent by their side is, there are things that first-time homebuyers have to do.

Here is a list of tips to help first-time homebuyers help you the agent do the best job that you can do. When you are approached by a first-time homebuyer, share this list with them to help them get off on the right foot.

  • Tell Your Agent Everything: You don’t want any surprises; neither does your agent. Let them know upfront about any financial issues on your credit report. Be as detailed as possible about your goals and be flexible.
  • Make Lists: Write out a list of the things that you want and a list of the things that you need in a new home. Share this list with your agent so that they can better help find what you are looking for. Update or add to your list as you think of things and share those changes with your agent.
  • Keep Notes: Your agent is going to keep solid records of the homes that you see. However, you should also keep your own notes as you go to open houses. After each home, share what you liked and what you didn’t like with your agent. That will help him or her narrow the search down for you.
  • Organize Your Documents: Keep your documents organized and all in one place. If you have a pre-approval letter, keep that with you on house hunts in case you decide to make an offer. Any documents that you will need like inspection reports or appraisals should be readily available as you search for homes.
  • Stay Positive: Maybe the most important tip for first-time homebuyers is to stay positive. Even after you have found the home that you want, made an offer, and had it accepted, the process of closing the deal can sometimes take longer than you’d like. Stay positive. If you’ve looked at several houses and still haven’t found what you want, stay calm. Trust your agent to get it right for you.

Speaking with an Agent

An agent for first-time homebuyers is an invaluable asset. They can help you navigate the process when you are unsure of what to do next. You could call and speak with an agent if you have general questions. However, if you are ready to seriously start shopping for a home, you need Andrea now. Feel free to contact us with your specific questions.

Testimonials
Reviews

When it comes to buying a home, Gabi is someone who knows how to strike the balance between what you want in a home and what is possible in your budget.She stayed with us for nearly a year staying on top of the market and sending us homes to review. ...

Remax Logo
Reviews

Gabi is top-notch! We were buying remotely and she went the extra mile to personally video the property for us to see. Her professionalism, knowledge, honesty, integrity and hard work ethics were very much appreciated. You have questions, just ask he...

Remax Logo
Reviews

Gabi was personable, responsive and professional in all aspects of the selling of our home. We felt confident that she was working in our best interests, and it was a pleasure working with her....

Remax Logo
Reviews

Gabi has helped us with several real estate transactions over the years. She is ALWAYS attentive and handles all the details in very professional manner. She is very thorough and we know she has our best interest at heart. We highly recommend her...

Remax Logo
Reviews

Gabi helped us purchase our first home in the midst of this historic and difficult market. She put us at ease with her honest and direct communication, and we felt so lucky to be in her very capable hands throughout the entire process. She is very re...

Remax Logo
Reviews

Gabi has been both our buyers and sellers agent in Durango. She is an expert in the local market and succeeded in getting our house sold several years ago when other listings for identical homes were not moving. Recently, she found us the perfect,...

Remax Logo
Reviews

My husband and I were fortunate to be connected with Gabi at the suggestion of his employer when we were relocating to Durango from out of state. Throughout the whole process, Gabi could not have been more friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable in assi...

Remax Logo
Reviews

We worked with Gabi to sell our rental property in Durango, CO. We were selling remotely, and Gabi was more than just our agent. She expertly managed all the details needed to get the house ready for sale. She kept us informed of the decisions we ...

Remax Logo
Reviews

We've worked with Gabi as our agent for both buying and selling homes. I can't recommend her enough. She takes the time to give attention to each client, whatever is required so that the transaction is smooth. She is highly professional, responsive, ...

Remax Logo
Reviews

Gabi was fantastic to work with. She helped us through the buying process and allowed us to explore many different property types and locations before we found the perfect home to buy. She was incredibly responsive, professional, informative and he...

Remax Logo
Gabi Bergstrom Durango Real Estate Remax Logo
970.946.7522 GabiBergstrom(at)gmail(dotted)com RE/MAX Pinnacle
1221 Main Ave. Durango, CO. 81301
News letter
Sign up for our newsletter to receive latest updates about our exclusive listings.