Swing Batter, Batter: Buying Preparation
You are eyeballing the pitcher, reading the body language, and anticipating the pitch about to be thrown. Will it be a curveball, a slider, or a fastball right down the middle? Now is the time to decide how to handle the ball quickly approaching the plate.
Even with all of your preparations in order, jumping into the housing market can be intimidating. Here are some of coach’s tips on taking that perfect swing in order to make contact with that pitch headed your way!
1. Introductions – Be sure you know exactly whom you are working with when it comes to buying a home and securing a mortgage loan. Meet at the beginning of the process to get to know one another and establish your goals moving forward.
2. Trust – You need to be able to trust the advice your Realtor and mortgage professional provide you. If you don’t, move onto another potential housing expert. This team will be able to guide you through the search for your home as well as successfully secure a mortgage loan for, most likely, your largest financial investment. Determine your comfort with this team upfront to avoid the risk of problems down the road.
3. Expectations – Do you want to be called, emailed, or texted regular updates on your loan or home search? Establishing a form of communication that works well for both parties helps ensure everyone is happy and working together effectively for the best results. If there is something you specifically do not want to happen during the process, such as being texted or having a co-borrower left off of emails, then state that upfront.
4. Be Active – Being an active part of the home search and mortgage loan process will help you better understand where things stand and avoid surprises along the way. Read through the materials provided to you and do not be afraid to ask questions when you need clarification.
Establishing a relationship with your Realtor and mortgage consultant is important. Knowing where both parties stand from the beginning will provide a stable foundation for your success. Remember to be clear on your expectations and work with the professionals as they navigate a murky industry to get you the best deal possible. With these tips, your swing is sure to make contact with the ball giving you the opportunity to sprint towards first base!