First, we have multiple listing at Lake Gaston, so every real estate agent can show you any listed home.
How to choose the right realtor? First, if you know anyone who’s had a recent experience with a Lake Gaston realtor, pick their brain. If not, you’re still okay. Call one and candidly describe what type of property you’re looking for. Be straight forward about your budget and your time frame. If the realtor seems to be on your wavelength, proceed. If not, try someonelse.
On your first “shopping” visit, what frequently seems to work is to just look at a variety of properties around your price range. Tell the realtor what you like, “I love this open great room with the kitchen at the back. I don’t want to be off in the kitchen while John’s visiting with our guests.” And also what you don’t like, “This lot is just too steep for us. John will never be able to get down to the water and back.”
Let’s say you see a property you’d like to buy, but it’s listed for $50,000 more than your highest affordable price. Make an offer any way! You never really know what a seller will accept and wouldn’t it be a shame if he would have taken your offer if only you’d made it. I can’t tell you how many sellers have said to me “I won’t take a penny less than $380,000” and ended up selling for less than that. To be fair, I also can’t count the number of buyers who’ve said to me “We won’t go a penny higher than $360,000” and ended up paying more than that.
A good realtor will make adjustments to the properties she shows you based on your comments. Often it comes down to her learning what you like and waiting for it to come on the market. So be candid with your comments so she’ll know when that perfect match comes on the market.
Now, on to "Stretching Your Home Buying Dollar".