David Higgins - Flavin & Flavin Realty | Everything Quincy and South Shore Real Estate and more!


If you’re on the hunt for a home, you’re undoubtedly excited. You might be eager to ask a lot of questions and get all the information that you can. You’re also probably eager to share quite a bit of information about yourself and your home purchase. While this is a great approach, this isn’t the case for everyone you’re involved with in your real estate transaction. When you’re dealing with the seller’s agent, more information isn’t always better. You don’t need to share as much information with them as you may think you do. Your agent as a buyer is your advocate. They do know a lot of information about you, and they should. Your buyer’s agent knows everything from your budget to your needs and wants. The seller’s agent doesn’t need to know any of this! This is why you hire a buyer’s agent in the first place. Here’s what you shouldn’t divulge to a seller’s agent and why:


Your Opinion Of The House


You’ll want to be as neutral as possible when it comes to how much you like or dislike a house. While it’s perfectly fine to let the agent know that you feel at home in the space and are interested in putting in an offer, you don't need to get into too many details. 


On the flip side, if you have a few things that you don’t like about a house, you should keep those to yourself. You don’t want to decide to put an offer in on the home, only to be seen as a less than serious buyer. In hot markets, you should always give yourself the upper hand. 


Your Budget


You should never let a seller’s agent know how much you’re looking to spend on a home. If sellers know how high or how low you’re willing to go on a home purchase, both the buyer and the seller should get a fair price for the home. Your goal as a buyer is to have your offer accepted at the best possible price. 


Let Your Agent Do His Job


While it can be hard in the midst of excitement, you should really let your agent do most of the talking when it comes to a home purchase. Your agent can help you through everything from negotiations to working with your lender to navigating you through open houses. Your agent may even be able to attend quite a few open houses right along with you. This way, you’ll have someone else to do the talking for you. Just remember the tips above in case you’re flying solo through some home tours. While it’s great to be eager on your home search, it’s never to your benefit to be overzealous.


Businessman with city viewThere are many reasons you may find yourself in a new city or state, far from home and your comfort zone, possibly even your family and friends. Whether you’ve decided to close the gap between your long-distance-relationship, were transferred to a new city by your company, are uprooting yourself for the college or university of your dreams, or are simply seeking new opportunities and fresh faces, getting familiar with a new community be disheartening. As a real estate agent, I see this often. Meeting new people and becoming acquainted with a new area may be easier if you follow some of the suggestions I offer to buyers new to any given area: Put yourself out there. Most towns and cities find ways to encourage their residents to come together as a tight knit community, in fact some cities may even have a planning board or association dedicated to this. Many areas may have outdoor venues and pavilions for varying activities such as free concerts or even large group work-outs. Keep an eye out for any mixers or activities in your new neighborhood. Pick up a hobby! If you’ve recently moved to a new city surrounded by water try out kayaking! Find something you enjoy and you will more likely than not find other like-minded people out and about practicing the same hobby. If you’ve moved to a city or area where walking to and from varying destinations, walk! If you’ve moved to Boston, or a city similar to Boston, try walking to work rather than taking public transportation. This is a great way to get situated in a new area. Not only will you learn the different roads and geography of your new city, you may find a hidden gem off the beaten path that you would’ve never noticed otherwise. Which leads me to my next suggestion: Seek out hidden gems! Sometimes small businesses, gyms, pizza places, and coffee shops are the best way to meet people and get a feel for the residents of a certain area. Look for smaller establishments and you’ll be sure to find a very serious group of ‘regulars.’ This is another good way to fit into the community and a good way to meet people. Plus you’re experiencing all your area has to offer rather than dining at or hanging around corporate locations you can find all over the country! If you’re moving to my area from far away, I’d be happy to walk you through the change as your real estate professional!  

Suburban homesBeing a decisive buyer will optimize your success and your time in today's competitive real estate market. A few decisions you should make before you and your real estate agent start actively seeking prospective properties and making offers to purchase include a definitive price range, a relatively specific location, and your ideal type of property, i.e. a house versus a condominium. Let's face it, you're busy. Sending your agent a precise budget, property type, and a short list of towns ensures you are making the most out of the time you spend visiting properties. Do your research beforehand and get to know the area and the communities you're looking in. You can save yourself some time by recognizing that a certain town may not make the best fit for you and/or your family. Ultimately choosing a maximum of four towns you'd be interested in will help you and your agent set up relevant showings. Deciding beforehand whether you wish to purchase a house or a condo is another great way to save time and ensure a proficient search, limiting the types of properties you're shown to the properties you'd be serious about buying. You don't want to continue to be shown properties that are too far out of your set budget and you certainly don't want to fall in love with a house that is $100,000.00 above your finances. On the other end of the spectrum, you also don't want to be shown houses that may be too small for your needs or that may not meet your ideal expectations when you have more money to spare. Understand that making decisions will optimize your search in the long run. Make decisions and stick with them, for now. If you simply aren't finding what you're looking for, you can always change your criteria further down the road. As your buyer's agent I won't be able to make these decisions for you, but I'd be happy to help you optimize your search and success.  



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