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

by Grant SimmonsFebruary 3, 2016


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Newark, DE
Twitter – @homierhomes

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Sharon Wayman
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
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
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
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
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
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
Right Choice Realty
Cape Coral, FL
Twitter – @talktojoe

“Buy a waterfront lot and build on the water!”
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Joan Conlisk
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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Grant Simmons
Grant is the Vice President of Search Marketing for 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.