We’re very excited to be working with you on your next home and/or investment in the Austin area!
Here are some things to know as you’re looking for your new property.
Finding your property
We’ll be setting you up with a “portal” soon. You’ll receive an email that allows you to view MLS properties, and tag those you like. If you feel at any point that the search is not returning sufficient results, just let us know. We can always adjust the criteria to fix that.
Many buyers also like to look on Zillow and other websites as well. That’s fine if you do, but be aware that much of the information on those sites is inaccurate. You’ll often see properties that are already sold showing up as available, as well as the occasional scam. If you do see anything of interest, though, just drop us a link to the property and we’ll look into it for you.
Want to attend open houses? Knock yourself out! With some notice, I can often join you.
But if you do find yourself in an open house without me, just let the agent there know that we’re working together. There’s two major reasons for this.
- The open house agent does not represent your best interest. They represent the seller’s best interest. Anything you share with them about your budget or preferences or timeline can and will be used against you in negotiations. Okay, that might sound a little scary. But really. They represent the seller, and they’re there to help the seller get the most money possible for the home. That means they’re there to talk you into making an offer today for as high as possible, regardless of whether that’s in your best interest. So save yourself the trouble by deflecting them early. Just say “We’re represented. Thanks.”
- This will avoid annoying and unnecessary follow up from other agents. Imagine this: You go to seven open houses. You sign in to seven open houses with your email. You’re now getting followed up with by SEVEN different agents. You need to be on seven different agents’ obnoxious auto-emails and call lists like I need another stray cat in my front yard. So do yourself a favor, and sign in with my email instead, and a note that you’re already working with me.
How long do we have?
For financed transactions, it will take 30-45 days from a signed contract to your closing date. (Cash is faster; we can close in 7-10 days usually). If you have a lease expiration date to work around, it’s a good idea to review your early termination and month-to-month extension options now so you can plan accordingly. We don’t like our clients to find themselves homeless, or surprised by large lease termination fees.
Stay Qualified, My Friends
Don’t forget the Buyer Ten Commandments, just below this section. These ten things are common reasons buyers find themselves unqualified for a loan, and thus unable to purchase a home. Before making any big purchases, changing jobs, or transferring large sums of money into or out of accounts, run it by your lender just to make sure it won’t cause any issues.
Buying a home can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. If you feel confused, overwhelmed or otherwise sub-optimal, just watch this video of Rosie eating peanut butter, and then give me a call and I’ll be happy to help you get sorted out.
Thank you again for partnering with us on your purchase. We’re looking forward to finding your next property together, and getting you smoothly to the closing table.