Most buyers spent over 6 months online searching for homes before they consider meeting with a buyers agent and looking at homes in person. These buyers don’t consider themselves “serious” and don’t want to go through the trouble of meeting with an agent prematurely.
We recommend that you speak to a well-qualified buyer’s agent immediately when you know you want to buy a home, even if you are not ready to start looking in person. The buyer agent can create Game Plan or Road Map to follow.
You will not have to hire that agent at that point or make any commitments. But the buyer agent can provide you with a wealth of information about the market so you can better target your online search for homes that work for you. The buyer agent is familiar with communities and price points and can make strong suggestions based on years of working with buyers in those areas.
The buyer agent can even set up much more detailed and vigorous searches with more advanced platforms they employ. The buyer agent can also make refer you to a trusted lender so you can determine what your realistic search range is. Then when you are ready to make the leap, the game plan that you had will pay dividends.