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Old 01-05-2009, 12:23 PM
 
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Hey all,

Me and the wife are looking to buy a house around the end of July when our current lease is up. We have been trying to get a feel for the area since we just moved here from MI last July. When would be a good time to get a buyers agent since we aren't looking to move until July? We don't want to waste the agents time but we also do not want to be rushed into a big decision. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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In our experience, we found our buyer's agent in exactly the same way... We may have even been further away from being ready to buy than you are, even. I think if expectations and some sort of rough timeline are laid out in advance, you shouldn't have a problem. Our agent put zero pressure on us, and was very helpful in educating us on many aspects of homebuying, since we're buying our first house.

I'd be happy to give you our agent's name - We have nothing but the most glowing things to say about her. And being in the business I am, I know what good customer service is when it comes to huge financial transactions. PM if you'd like more info.
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:55 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Anytime really, is a good time for a buyers agent if you know you will be moving here at some point. I worked with a fantastic buyers agent down here while I still lived up north. The way the houses were selling, it took us over a year to get down here. The whole time she kept her eyes out for us, sent us packets of local information and local magazines. We ended up renting at the end instead of buying, and she drove my husband all over to look at the rentals we narrowed down. I will definitely be using her again when it is time for us to buy.
So really, there is not bad time to find one, unless you ahve already signed paperwork with a sellers agent
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:18 PM
 
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One thing to keep in mind is if you are looking at new home developments, make sure you tell the onsite agent you have a buyer's agent, or they may not pay their commission if their brought in the equation at a later date.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Every situation is different, some people only have a short time to buy a home, others can do it more leisurely. I don't mind going and looking at houses with people, and I always feel like each house gives me more insight into what my clients are looking for, and it helps me figure out some houses that might work for them. Going and looking at houses is fun for me, though! You need to understand that most agents are used to people looking at a lot of houses, it is a part of the process. I always tell people that they are making a huge decision, and this is probably the only time in their lives that they will spend this kind of money and they need to be sure!

Find an agent you click with, and go from there. Definitely get a buyer's agent, it doesn't cost you a thing, and can only help you in the end.

good luck!

Leigh
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I agree with the above posts. You shouldn't feel pressured to select a home or an agent.

Your agent-to-be would also prefer to get an early start, to build the relationship and knowledge to serve you well. Proceeding slowly and gaining confidence in each other is better than making the jump into hyperspace from a dead start.

It is not too soon to touch base and begin to feel out how you respond to various agents, and how they respond to you.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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We worked with our agent for more than a year before relocating! I would say that now would be a great time to find an agent. We adored our agent, so PM me if you want a referral.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I agree that now is a good time to start interviewing for your Buyer's Agent.

Our typical time from contract to close is 30 days so you have plenty of time to find your perfect new home BUT in the meantime, a buyer's agent can educate you to the process and also begin searching for you.

The more time you spend with your agent, either email or phone or in person, the more you'll be ready to buy when it is closer to your time line.

Vicki
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Never too soon. I worked with people from 1-2 years before they bought and we really got to know each other so well and have become great friends as well.
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