Why Meet With An Agent Before Starting Your Home Search?

By: Thomas Cook

Why Meet With An Agent Before Starting Your Home Search?

One of the things that most agents do when you first contact them is to ask you a few questions over the telephone such as what are you looking for, how many bedrooms and bathrooms and what neighbourhoods were you thinking of?
Then they will just throw you in their car, take you around and tour you through a bunch of homes.  More often than not many of those homes don’t fit your needs.
The problem with that is it wastes your time.  You spend your weekends or evenings going out and looking at homes that don’t even come close to what you really want to be moving into.
The Buyer Consultation is all about saving you time and getting clarity!
We found the best way to get started is to come in to our office for a Buyer Consultation which takes only about 60-90 minutes.  We’re going to focus on finding out exactly what your needs are.  We’re going to get that very crystal clear, and then we’re going to actually go shopping for homes right on the computer.
We are going to look at properties on the computer in all the neighborhoods that might be of interest to you.  We’ll check off a bunch of them and email then to you to read over and look at the photos in detail at home.
The big benefit here is that you are going to be able to eliminate a lot of homes just by looking at the photos and listing details on the screen... this one’s ugly, that one’s on a busy street or corner etc.  If we didn’t see you personally to get your feelings about that, we might be showing you that kind of home and again, wasting your time.
Being able to see your reaction to the various listings on the computer screen is actually very instructive for me too.  I can now learn at the same time very precisely what type of homes excite you and, more importantly, what type of homes or neighborhoods you don’t like!
If you don’t happen to know all the neighborhoods we look at online, you can pick your favourites from the ones we send you and then drive around those areas on an evening or a weekend to pick out your ‘Top 10' list.  Then call us to let us know what homes are on your short list and when you’re available to go and see the interiors.
What time is best for us to have our Consultation... on a weekday day, evening or weekend?
Either click here or text / email me with your best meeting time(s) and day(s) and we’ll set it up.
Thomas Cook

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At the beginning of the home buying journey, often the picture of what the end result might look like is a little ‘fuzzy’.
Our first-time and move-up buyers have told us that being able to meet with us on a casual basis as early in the process as possible, even if their purchase date was 6-12 months away, really worked the best for them.

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  1. Don’t start your home buying experience on the wrong foot - Meet for a Buyer Consultation first!!
Home buyers have come to us after trying to work with another agent saying “I don’t think he even knows exactly what I’m looking for and I’ve got questions he doesn’t have the answers to”.
Don’t make the same mistake.  Let’s set a time to meet and go over how the complete home buying process works, find out what your likes and dislikes are and what pitfalls you’ll want to avoid, before you seriously start looking for a house or condominium.
This is the best 90 minutes of time you’ll ever spend - set up your private Buyer Consultation.