So your bags are packed, you’ve decided to move to Gilbert Arizona. You have heard great things but you are not familiar with the area, and much less with the real estate market. It can be a tough decision, but first you need to make sure you have all the proper tools.
Even before you fully make up your mind, the first thing you need to do is get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will tell you how much of a home you can obtain. This will allow you to view homes in your price range and help you make a more educated decision.
The first step is to check online and contact a Realtor in the Gilbert area that specializes in residential sales and in representing buyers. Not all agents are experts in every area of real estate and you want the best one for the type of transaction you are doing not the one that dabbles in anything anywhere. Make sure you feel comfortable with them, they will communicate with you (text, email, Skype, Facebook, phone etc) in a manner that is convenient for you, that they have availability when you will be looking (full time agent, not going away they week you’re coming) or that they work with a partner or can arrange to block off times for you in advance. Feel free to ask for video testimonials, past client letter of recommendation, a summary of their transactions or their designations. Most will have something prepared that they can provide you to give you a feeling of their experience and if their clients experience working with them.
Your agent should be able to answer all of your questions like “Should you rent or buy?”, “What are the benefits or owning a condo, townhouse, single family home or multifamily home?” etc. We can help you compare towns, tour areas, find a reputable lender and attorney and get you 100% prepared to buy. Then you find a home and let your Buyer’s Agent, guide you through a smooth transaction with them by your side educating you so you are the one in control and making informed, confident decisions.
It seems like more and more real estate is moving online. I always look at home online, even when im not in the market. Its a great way for people to stay up to date on the local market.