Buying a Home from Out of State: Finding the Right Realtor

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Last Updated on January 4, 2021

Finding the right realtor is key when buying a new home!

Finding the right realtor and knowing what questions to ask can make or break the home buying process! After you’ve narrowed down the list of neighborhoods you want to search in it’s time to find the perfect realtor.

If you haven’t researched and chosen neighborhoods for your search yet, check out the first post in this series, Choosing the Right Neighborhood. Now let’s get into the nitty gritty of finding a realtor and asking the right questions!

How to Find the Right Realtor

When you have a great realtor it makes the buying process SO much better! If you’re moving somewhere new it can be hard to find the right person to help you buy a home. Here are a few of my top tips for finding the right realtor for you:

  • Do a Google search for Best Realtors in XX (City or Town)
  • Join Facebook groups for city you’re moving to and ask for recommendations
  • Read reviews on Yelp and the agent’s Facebook page

Once you’ve found a few realtors you think would be a good fit, pick up the phone and talk to them. Get to know them and their area of expertise. Are they experts in the neighborhoods you’re interested in? Have they worked with others buying a home from out of state?

It sounds silly, but most of the time, you’ll know if you gel with someone’s personality. Then you can use their expertise and experience to narrow it down further. We had the best realtor and I can’t tell you how much of a difference it made!

If you’re looking for a home in Nashville or the surrounding areas, I highly recommend our realtor, Lisa Wurth. She went above and beyond and really helped make the buying process as smooth as possible.

Questions to Ask Your Realtor

Once you’ve landed on the perfect realtor, there are a few important questions to ask to make sure your home search starts off right!

  1. What’s the market like in the neighborhoods/areas you are looking in?
  2. Can they set you up with email notifications for new houses on the market that fit your criteria?
    • Our realtor used HomeSnap and it was so user friendly and accurate!
  3. Are they willing to do Facetime home tours if you’re not in the area and a home you want to see comes on the market?
  4. Will they be willing to put in an offer with a contingency that you can view the home in person (if you are out of state) and back out if it’s not a good fit
    • We put this in our offer and it made us feel so much more comfortable. We were able to come down a week later and view the house in person with no pressure if we ended up not liking it!

So You’ve Found a Great Realtor, Now What?

It’s time to start your home search! Actually looking at homes is exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time, but there are ways to make the process go smoother. In the next post I’ll be sharing tips and things to keep in mind while looking at listings and touring homes to help you on your search!

XOXO Y’all!

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