You've made the decision to buy
a home. Now what?
When buying a home, there are additional factors
beyond the physical structure. Things like neighborhoods, schools,
market factors, and your future plans all need to be considered when
looking at homes for sale. Financial considerations also come into
play when you are seeking a home.
7 things you need to know as a buyer:
- Only REALTORS® have access to the local Multiple Listing Service
- the most complete source of information for properties currently
on the market in your area
- REALTORS® can show you properties listed by other REALTORS®
or properties listed as for sale by owner
- As a buyer, working with a REALTOR® is free in many instances,
and your REALTOR'S® fee may be paid by the seller of the home
- A REALTOR® can save you money in your home purchase by
researching market trends in your area and help you negotiate
a competitive price.
- If you're relocating, changing jobs, or simply lead a busy
lifestyle, a REALTOR® can help to coordinate the details of your
- REALTORS® are active in their respective communities, and can
help identify the best schools, neighborhoods, and other factors
that are important in your home purchase.
- 89% of buyers say they would likely recommend their REALTOR®
to a friend or relative*.
*National Association of REALTORS® 2008 Profile
of Home Buyers and Sellers
buyers answer the questions below and any additional questions
that come up during a transaction:
- How much home can I afford?
- How can I see the homes that match my needs?
- What downpayment assistance programs are available in my area?
- What local, state, or Federal tax incentives are available?
- What are the advantages of buying vs. renting?
- How can I protect myself in my home purchase through inspections
and the proper paperwork?
- What is the market like in my area?
About REALTORS® - REALTORS® are
- Not all real estate licensees are the same - only REALTORS® adhere
to a strict Code of Ethics, ensuring honest, professional
service when you buy a home - read more about the Code of Ethics
- Iowa REALTORS® are required to attend
36 hours of continuing education every three years to stay
updated on ethical and legal issues as well as learn new best
practices in real estate transactions
- REALTORS® can
earn designations (like CRS and GRI) that enable them to provide
you with an even greater level of
service and professionalism - read more about designations
- The term REALTOR® is a protected trademark and may only be
used by a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION