House Hunting With The Right Lake Wallenpaupack REALTOR®
Most first-time homebuyers will agree that the only thing more exciting than shopping for your first home is the day you move in. That being said, shopping for the right house can put even the most seasoned shoppers to the test. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 56% of buyers of all generations believe that picking the right house is by far the most challenging step in the home buying process. Even with the ability to search online 24/7 for houses, 52% of buyers say that help in finding the right home to purchase is what they want most from a REALTOR®.
That’s because the information you find online doesn’t compare to the local knowledge and expertise that an experienced agent can provide – although not all agents are equal. If you hire an agent and red flags about their performance are coming at you left and right, you need to quickly decide if you want to respectfully cut ties and find another. Since buyers agents don’t get paid during the house hunting phase, you don’t want to string them along and waste both your time and theirs. Of course, the best course of action is to partner with the right agent from the get-go.
What You Should Expect From Your Real Estate Agent
Here are a few things you should expect from your Lake Wallenpaupack REALTOR® when house hunting and a few red flags to look out for:
1). A qualified Lake Wallenpaupack real estate agent should be able to provide in-depth knowledge of the area. If they have to Google an area you asked about, send you homes outside your desired area, or they can’t tell you about an area’s proximity to local shops, restaurants, walking trails, or commuting times, this may be a red flag that they are not the right agent for you.
2). A good real estate agent will take the time to understand all the facts about your situation. The last thing you want to do is spend your time house-hunting, find a home you love, and get your heart set on it, only to find out that there’s some restriction that doesn’t allow you to buy. Experiences like that can be avoided upfront with an agent who takes the time to understand everything about you, your time frame, your budget, and what type of mortgage you qualify for.
3). Your agent should be objective and act as a consultant rather than a salesperson. If your agent is pushing you towards a house that’s not the best match, you feel pressured to just hurry up and buy, or you don’t like something about a house and voice concerns and they’re not considering your perspective, it may be a red flag that the agent is more interested in their sales commission than helping you find the right home.
4). You want a Lake Wallenpaupack REALTOR® who keeps their finger on the pulse of the market, who’s got all the listing alerts set up and is the first to know when new inventory becomes available. Your agent should provide you with access to the most up-to-date listings so that you don’t miss out on your dream home. If your agent rarely if ever sends you houses or you often find listings that match your specific home criteria long before they do, its probably an indication they’re not on top of the MLS or working that hard on your behalf.
Finding The Right Lake Wallenpaupack REALTOR®
Here are a few tips for finding the right Lake Wallenpaupack real estate agent to work with from the beginning:
You will want to interview at least 3 real estate agents before committing to just one. Compare your choices based on performance such as the number of transactions they’ve completed in your target neighborhoods, how much money they save clients on average, and the percent of the list price their buyer clients end up paying, on average.
You also want to ask them important questions like how well they know the area, how many clients they currently represent, how many clients they work with at one time, the kind of properties they help their clients buy (single-family homes, condos, townhomes), their experience working with first-time homebuyers, and what separates them from their competition.
Since the agent you choose will be by your side from house hunting to closing, you want to make sure you hire an experienced and professional Lake Wallenpaupack REALTOR® with the expertise you can trust and a personality you’ll enjoy working with.
Why You Should Partner with Lake Wallenpaupack REALTOR® – Alicia Kowalik
Whether you are interested in buying a home in the Lake Wallenpaupack area, or its time to list your current property, experience matters most in a changing market. With over a decade of local experience, Alicia Kowalik is very familiar with the local market and has access to the most up-to-date listings. Known for her warm and friendly personality and professionalism, Alicia has a gift for uncovering the perfect home for her clients’ lifestyle needs in the community or area they want to live in.
For sellers, Alicia will create a comprehensive marketing plan that exposes your home to the public as well as to other real estate agents through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), other cooperative marketing networks, open houses for agents, and so on. Your listing will appear on all the most popular real estate sites where buyers spend hours a day looking at homes such as Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, REMAX, Redfin, and dozens of others. Your home will also be featured on Alicia’s own highly-trafficked websites: realestatelakewallenpaupack.com and aliciakowalik.com. With Alicia as your agent, your property will get sold quickly and for the highest market price.
Alicia works extremely hard for her clients. She will protect your interests, advocate for you, and be there as your trusted guide and advisor throughout the home buying or selling process. If you or someone you know is considering buying or selling Lake Wallenpaupack real estate, please give Alicia Kowalik a call directly at 570-470-5076 or get in touch here.
Alicia Kowalik, REALTOR®
Lakeview Realty Inc.
2449 Route 6, Hawley, PA 18428
Direct: 570-470-5076 (Best)