Buying a Home in Asheville
Buying a home in Asheville should be fun, and it can be if you take a few steps up front to ease the process.
1) Get Pre-approved before you contact an agent. Make sure they are a Realtor®. Speak to a lender. Find out what you can safely afford to buy. Armed with this information, you will look at properties in your price range, and not risk disappointment by getting excited about a house you can’t afford.
2) Interview prospective agents to assist you with buying a home in Asheville. Don’t’ just work with the agent who answers the phone! You’ll want to hire an Asheville agent to represent you, so consider the following:
- Make sure you are comfortable talking with them:
- Are they listening well?
- Are they understanding what you’re describing?
- Are they focused on your needs?
- Do they seem to have time for you?
- What is their experience level?
Warning: Working with a friend can create major headaches. Buying a home causes all kinds of emotions to kick in. If your friend is not as responsive as you need them to be, or if your friend is a nice person, but not a great agent, you could be putting your largest investment in a shaky hands! Be careful! You need to feel comfortable expressing your true feelings at times during your buying experience. If you don’t want to hurt your friend’s feelings, or ruin your friendship, don’t take a chance. And remember — The only thing worse than working with a friend is working with a relative!
3) Once you’ve selected an agent, the house hunt begins. If your good communication with your agent gave them a clear understanding of what you’re looking for, she/he will have located what I call ‘the cream of the crop” listings to show you. Most likely there will only be a few properties that actually meet your needs, so be prepared to make an offer, the first day out…seriously!
If you don’t see anything matching what you described to your agent, you better sit down with them again to make sure you’re both on the same page. Happy home buying!