Ask The Agent: What Is Your Best Advice For Folks Looking For A New Home?

by Grant SimmonsFebruary 3, 2016

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Ask the Experts

If you have one piece of advice to give folks looking for a new home in your area, in 2016, what would it be?

The real estate market can be difficult to navigate. How can you know if it’s a good time to buy? What should you be looking for in a home? Well, if you’re thinking about buying a home in 2016, check out the great advice that we’ve gathered from real estate agents across the U.S. We asked hundreds of agents what their best advice would be for people looking for a new home, and here are our favorite responses.

Tim Burrell

www.teamforyourdreams.com

bishop.michael@kingthompson.com
Coldwell Banker King Thompson
Dublin, OH
Twitter – @burrellrealtor

“If you find a place that feels like home, buy it without delay. Good homes in good condition are selling quickly, so you want to get your home before someone else does.”
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Ryan Gaertner

www.hgrealtygroup.com

Ryan@HGrealtygroup.com
HK Lane
Palm Springs, CA
Twitter – @HG_Realty_Group

“Do your homework on all comparable sold and active properties and make an intelligent offer. Buyers should have the upper hand.”
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Janice Tittel

www.janicetittel.cbintouch.com

jan2002@aol.com
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Westfield, NJ
Twitter – @janice_tittel

“Focus on your must haves and don’t be too picky.”
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Lea Lagueux

www.leasellsrealestate.com

Lea@LeaSellsRealEstate.com
Future Home Realty
St Petersburg, FL
Twitter – @LeaLagueuxFL

“Don’t wait too long. You’ve already missed the bottom of the market in 2010. And accept that the market is the market – prices now are what they are.”
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Michelle Sanoske

www.movetofairfax.com

michellesanoske@gmail.com
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Fairfax, VA
Twitter – @michellesanoske

“Look for good bone structure and practical layout. And location, location, location!”
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Rebecca Reilly

www.palominoproperty.com

Buckreins@aol.com
ERA DONAHOE REALTY
TEMECULA, CA
Twitter – @rebreilly

“Do it earlier in the year so that you have a larger choice of inventory when people list after the holidays.”
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Tim Rowe

www.timrowe.com

stevenrowe@msn.com
RE/MAX PENINSULA
Gloucester, VA
Twitter – @RiverBroker

“Concerning new construction, you get what you pay for, there has been corners cut in some areas to keep prices low, but again you get what you pay for.”
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Deb Long

www.deblong.com

Deb@DebLong.com
Lucas & Associates
Hoover, AL
Twitter – @DebLongRealtor

“Hire an agent to help navigate the ins and outs of your area real estate market.”
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Esther Chambers

www.soldinalaska.com

esther.chambers@century21.com
CENTURY 21 Realty Solutions Freedom Realty
Soldotna, AK
Twitter – @esther

“First make sure you are qualified, get your credit in order if needed and find yourself a qualified REALTOR with credentials to prove it. Look for a home that is already existing, one that you would want to come home to, raise a family in or just be proud to own. Make it a dream come true!”
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Ramona Homier

rhomier.remaxagent.com

homierhomes97@gmail.com
RE/MAX
Newark, DE
Twitter – @homierhomes

“Buy.”
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Sharon Wayman

sharonwayman.cryeleike.com

sharon.wayman@cryeleike.com
CryeLeike Real Estate Services
Nashville, TN
Twitter – @swayman2010

“With the new rules for mortgage lenders, it’s extremely important that buyers get pre-approved, not just pre-qualified, for their loan. This means that they have to submit all required documents before looking at homes. Less inventory, and the buyer’s that are winning the multiple bids are ready to purchase, not just “looking”.”
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Ken Montville

www.mdsuburbs.com

ken@mdsuburbs.com
RE/MAX United Real Estate
Upper Marlboro, MD
Twitter – @mdsuburbs

“Be clear about what you want and flexible about what is available.”
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Debbie DiFonzo

www.ucmissouri.com

debbie@ucvip.com
United Country VIP Realty
Lebanon, MO
Twitter – @missouriagent

“The best advice I can give anyone wanting to buy a new home is to start with a lender. Get pre- approved. Looking in the right price range to start with is essential. Plus, having bank/lender approval puts the seller more at ease during negotiations.”
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Nicole Kobey – Ryan

www.pvnative.com

nkobey@gmail.com
Realty Executives
Scottsdale, AZ
Twitter – @nkobey

“There is so much inventory in the high end areas of town. For example, last week was the first week in Paradise Valley when we didn’t see any price reductions. That means the higher end homes are finally starting to sell. If you are going for the higher ticketed home, now is the time to sell. Most sellers don’t want to be stuck in the summers in Phoenix with a high-priced house. The summer market in AZ isn’t the best because of the heat. Most people with money avoid Phoenix with our temperatures topping at 115 degrees. But if you are a buyer the summer, 2016 is a great time to buy, especially high-end. A great time to negotiate and work deals. It’s a bit of a ghost town here for a few months.”
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Rita Reynolds

ritareynolds.kwrealty.com

RitaSellsAustin@gmail.com
Keller Williams Realty
Austin, TX
Twitter – @ritasellshomes

“Austin, TX is a hot area. Prices will continue to rise. Buy now.”
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Joel Friday

www.justlistedminneapolis.com

soldbyfriday@kw.com
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Coon Rapids, MN
Twitter – @soldbyfriday

“Find an agent you are comfortable working with. This is your biggest purchase ever, so choosing someone who will educate you on the process and help you understand the home you are buying will benefit you greatly.”
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Joe Kendall

www.ViewSwFlorida.com

brokerjoe@me.com
Right Choice Realty
Cape Coral, FL
Twitter – @talktojoe

“Buy a waterfront lot and build on the water!”
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Joan Conlisk

joanconlisk.cbintouch.com

Joan.conlisk@gmail.com
Coldwell Banker
Winnetka, IL
Twitter – @WinnetkaREstate

“Deeply understand the values in the neighborhood you want to live in – then hover
like a hawk and be prepared to strike when the right home becomes available at the right price.”
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About The Author
Grant Simmons
Grant is the Vice President of Search Marketing for Homes.com. Grant plays a key role in navigating the complexities of the search engine optimization landscape. He has been described as an online marketing strategist, motivator, and idea machine; however, he prefers father, sailor & expat Brit.
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