A common complaint you may hear from friends and family about their real estate agent is how they didn't show houses they liked. This may be due to a buyer with picky tastes when it comes to homes, but it may be from the buyer not giving their realtor enough information about the kind of home they want. It's important that you communicate as much info as possible with a realtor to ensure you are looking at homes you like. These tips can help you do it.
A realtor is not a mind reader, so it is important that you list home features that you are looking for. Every buyer has their own tastes, so if you do not give this information it may feel like the homes your realtor is finding are random.
The Things You Need
Start by listing things that you need in a home. These are deal breakers that will cause you to walk away from a home if it does not have them, and you will not make compromises on when it comes to home selection.
Common needs include the total number of bedrooms, the total square footage, or having a garage.
The Things You Want
Next is a list of features you find really desirable in a home, but are willing to sacrifice if other criteria have been met. Wants are things like the kind of flooring in the home, having a bathroom in the master bathroom, a fence already built around the yard, or if the garage is attached or detached. It can be a mix of things you can can change about the house after you move in, or true sacrifices you'll have to make.
The Things You Dislike
Many things that people dislike are cosmetic features that cannot be changed. Think about things like vinyl siding instead of bricks, the home's location, or how noisy the area is. They may be things you're willing to live with, but ideally would not like to have in a home.
Things Your Hate
These are the deal breakers that will cause you to never consider the home. Some potential deal breakers include a lack of air conditioning or no garage at all. You may have also decided against certain types of homes, such as shared buildings like townhomes and condos.
With these things in mind, your realtor should have a better idea about what kind of home you like.