3 Keys To Home Buying In Atlanta

home buying in atlantaIf you’re thinking of buying a home anytime in the next 8 months then you likely are doing some research. There’s 3 keys to home buying in the Atlanta Real Estate market that you need to hear. Sure there’s things like communities to talk about and features that make the most sense, but the essence of buying a home in Atlanta comes down to these things. 

It might be a bit of tough love and it might sound bias, but can we get real for a second, seriously?!

BUYING A HOME IS A 6 FIGURE DECISION, why are you spending 6 seconds picking the most important parts of your home buying success.

Now that your feathers are ruffled, I need to deliver to you the goods, right?

Here’s your 3 Keys to Home Buying In Atlanta

#1. Get Your Financing Rock Solid BEFORE Every Stepping Foot In A Home

If you don’t then all kinds of bad things can happen.  Here’s a list.

  • The very best real estate agents require this as the first step, and won’t work with buyers unless they. Let’s take a sidebar – what constitutes the best buyer’s agent?  That’s right they know the market backward and forward, they know more then you (that’s not a shot, it’s what you are looking for) and they negotiate the best deals. 
  • Some homes are unavailable to unqualified buyers
  • If you see a home you want, chances are good you’ll be too slow because you’ll be waiting to get your financing straight before submitting an offer.
  • You’ll waste your own time, the seller’s time and the agents looking at homes that are outside your price range.   Would you want to look at Toyota Corollas all day if you knew you could afford a Lexus?  How about shopping for Bentley’s when you can only afford a Lexus?  Neither of those make sense.

#2. Your Real Estate Team Is The Most Important Decision (at least in the state of Georgia)

I know, you read that and was like, “seriously!?” It’s true. Think about this. In this market homes are going fast and interest rates are going up. The prices are still low and so are interest rates so it’s still a great time to buy, but it will be frustrating without the right team.

  • The wrong loan professional can cost you by missing the closing or losing the home altogether.
  • The wrong realtor can cost you the home, literally.

At the end of the day you want local, full time professionals to help you through the transaction. As a buyer your costs are all rolled into the loan or paid for the by the seller, so you can actually interview people that will be working for you… now there’s a novel concept.

#3. Ask For A Consultation Before Viewing Homes From Your Real Estate Agent

Here again, you’re resisting this one, you just want to get into the home, right? The agent is just a glorified taxi cab with a key — If you think this it’s only because you didn’t interview. The consultation does 2 things really well.

  1. Allows you to interview the agent
  2. Allows you to get really clear on your goals (a good consultation)

Sure there are more keys to buying a home in Atlanta, but this gets you started.  Having the financing and the right real estate team is going to ensure you have a better buying experience and can focus on the home. 

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Joshua Jarvis
Joshua Jarvis

Joshua and his family have served Gwinnett County for over 20 years, specializing in homes for sale in Buford, Braselton, Hoschton and areas in the north Gwinnett area. Jarvis Team Realty has sold over 1,000 homes all over Atlanta