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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 9 months ago

how do i buy a house? do i just walk in to a realtor company like remax or century 21 and say i want to buy a house or i would like to hi?

or i would like to hire a selling agent? or is it buying agent? help please

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  • Pam
    Lv 6
    9 months ago
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    Yep, you can just walk into a realtor and let them know that you are a serious house hunter and looking for a BUYER'S AGENT. Important: NEVER, EVER use the seller's realtor to represent you. That is a HUGE conflict of interest. That's like a defendent and plaintiff using the same lawyer. It just doesn't work and it's unethical. She will ask you what kind of house you want, where? how much you wanna spend? all that jazz. Never pay the asking price and ask her for "Comps" on any house that you're interested in. Comps are what houses comparable to the house YOU like, actually SOLD for. That way you know about how much the house is really worth and you won't pay too much. Good luck. Hope that helped.

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    I agree that it's a good idea to get pre-qualified for a loan, so they know you're legit. But this isn't a requirement in most cases. The realtor can guide you on this.

    Speaking of the realtor, don't do this randomly. Like any other profession, there are some very good ones and some crappy ones. Talk to people you know who have bought or sold recently and get a couple solid recommendations. The realtor is a HUGE part of this, esp for a first time buyer.

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  • 9 months ago

    You would be wise to FIRST get qualified, so you don't waste their time or yours. Many realtors won't even deal with you without being prequalified. These days, you are expected to find the houses yourself (online) that you want to tour, and then ask a realtor to show it to you.

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  • Eva
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    When you're buying, it's a buyer's agent. Get references from friends. You can look on line at a lot of realtors websites and get an idea of homes you would like to look at. If they're listed on MLS, any agent can show them.

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  • Damien
    Lv 5
    9 months ago

    well you look up a house u like on a real estate website, and contact the real estate agent whos listed as the agent for the house, but beware, real estate agents are greedy scum, they will try their best to suck out as much money as they can from you, people use them cause its their job to know all the rules and laws when purchasing a home, u can contact directly the person selling the home if u learn all the legalities on your own

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Go talk to a mortgage lender first. Make sure you CAN buy a house and how much you can spend.

    If your finances are all in order, then you're ready to find an agent. You can ask friends/family for a referral or you can go to some open houses and see if you meet an agent that you like/trust.

    Things have changed a bit from the days before internet. Realtors used to shop on your behalf and then chauffeur you around to look at them. Not anymore.

    You will do your own shopping on the internet and if /when you see something you're serious about, your agent will arrange a viewing and meet you there. Agents do not want the risk of driving you around and they don't want to show you 30 houses either.

    So if you want to browse, shop open houses independently for awhile until you get a feel for how reality compares to the marketing. Then you'll have much better sense of what might be "the one".

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  • k w
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    amazon sells how-to books on it......a good idea to prepare yourself for all the things you never knew of or even thought about......

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    You need money. Either cash in the bank or a lender willing to lend a certain amount. You have to have the dough or qualify for the dough, before you do anything else.

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  • 9 months ago

    You should probably talk to a mortgage person first.

    A Realtor isn't going to waste time showing someone houses who isn't pre-approved for a mortgage.

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  • .
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    If you're buying from a private seller who doesn't have a realtor, you will need an attorney. Otherwise, just choose a buyer's agent to show you homes.

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