Few endeavors are more personal than buying a new home. Not only is it a major financial investment, but it is also the place where you will spend a great deal of your time and the place that should be your sanctuary. This makes it imperative to share every single preference you have for a home, down to the nitty gritty details, with your real estate agent. While these folks are certainly experts in their field, the perfect home for you depends on your needs and desires, not theirs.

Be Upfront About Your Budget

You will waste your time and delay your home search if you give your agent a lofty home purchasing budget that is beyond your means. Similarly, if you allow yourself to be talked into looking at homes that you cannot afford, you run the risk of ending up in over your head. A reputable agent will want you to end up in a home that you can afford. You should never be afraid to give them a budget and remain firm on it if you do not have financial flexibility. By doing so, you may even end up paying less for your home than the listing price if your agent is good at negotiating.

What to Share

If you are wondering which home details to share with your agent, the short answer is...all of them! But if you would like some examples:
  • Location within the city you are moving to (including the school district if applicable)
  • Detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse, apartment or condominium
  • Family-friendly neighborhood in the suburbs, happening area downtown or a neighborhood in between
  • What kind of outdoor space you want and the size
  • The approximate square footage of indoor space that your family needs
  • Whether or not you want a man-made outdoor living space like a porch, patio, pool or several of these spaces
  • Architecture style of the home (if you have a preference)
  • Number of floors
  • How much storage you need
  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms you need
  • How many living areas you need
  • Whether or not you need a home office
  • What kind of laundry setup you need - laundry closet or dedicated laundry room
Remember, you may know the details of your dream home inside and out, but your real estate agent - regardless of how amazing they are - is not in your head. In order to ensure they find homes that meet you criteria, you need to fill them in.

Provide Honest Feedback

You will not hurt your agent’s feelings by letting them know if a listing did not live up to your expectations. Getting feedback and readjusting their search based on what they learn from you is part of their job. Furthermore, by sharing your thoughts about the homes you tour, you help them do their job better. Feedback is helpful; it is not a negative and a good agent will not view it as such.

Ready to Check Off Your Wish List

As a highly experienced real estate agent with a vast network throughout the Bradenton, Sarasota and greater Tampa Bay areas, Gina Morgando and her team have the skills, resources and connections to check off every item on your home wish list. Gina is in tune with the real estate industry because she has worked in every aspect of it, representing buyers, sellers and investors in both the residential and commercial markets. She truly knows the tricks of the trade to find you the perfect home.
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