Continuing the guide to a successful relationship with your realtor begun in part 1 of this blog.
Make your expectations clear. How should the realtor communicate with you and what are your "do-not-disturb" times, if any? Will you meet her at the sites you will see or do you expect her to pick you up from your home? Making unreasonable demands will divert the realtor from her goal of finding you the home you want.
Do not ask a listing agent to help you find a house to buy. Listing agents work for the seller and to work for a buyer will be an unethical conflict of interest where no one will be happy with the result.
Consult your realtor before going to an open house. There may be background information available that you should know in advance.A master broker agent in Milpitas will have access to information not available to you.
If you like what you see at an open house, do not ask too many questions. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, the owners may try to fudge the facts to make the house more desirable. You may not be able to catch this, but a master broker agent will. Secondly, the way you ask and what you say may expose how much you want the house for, which will weaken your negotiating position. Let your realtor ask for you - she will be better at getting the information without revealing too much.
You will probably have to sign a buyer's-broker agreement. Before signing, ask about the issue of your being released from it if you are dissatisfied with the service. A realtor who is good at her job will not want to keep an unhappy client tied to her - her services will always be in demand.
Realtors are required to give buyers an agency disclosure. Read it carefully and ask for clarification on anything you do not understand. The contents of the documents and the way facts are presented will vary from case to case. Therefore it is normal to have questions, which is not a sign of weakness.
If you are given a form to sign that you are not sure about, ask for clarifications and sign it only when you are satisfied.
Ensure that you are pre approved for the house loan and have the money to make an earnest money deposit when you find a home you like. If you are not ready, someone else may swoop in and there is nothing your realtor can do about it.
If you are searching for homes for sale in Milpitas, you are looking in one of the most attractive areas in California. You have probably done a lot of research about localities and neighborhoods and so on. Before you limit yourself to specific neighborhoods, talk to your realtor - the real estate market is a dynamic one and there may be very attractive Milpitas homes in other places which you are not aware of. Remember, you both have a common objective - finding the right home. The sooner that is achieved, the sooner you can move in and the sooner she will get her commission.