When should you call your real estate agent? Today I’ll answer this often-asked question.
Over and over, I hear some variation of the question, “When should I call my real estate agent?”
There are two ways to respond to this question:
If you’re a seller, I’d ask in return, “How much help do you need? How much preparation does your home need?”
Sellers should contact their agents as soon as possible. Part of my job is to meet with you, understand your needs and your goals, learn as much as I can about your home, and then guide you on what we need to do to make sure your home presents perfectly and sells at an opportune time in the market.
On the other hand, if you’re a buyer, I’ll still need to meet with you as soon as possible, but for a different set of reasons. Ideally, we’d meet to talk about your wants, needs, goals, objectives—what you’re specifically looking for in a home. Then, we’d get you connected with a local lender so that you know exactly how much you can afford and what the payment would look like.
Typically, it takes between one and three weeks to find the home you’re looking for. Once you’re under contract, it will then take another 30 to 40 days to close.
Ultimately, the answer to today’s question is the same for both buyers and sellers: The sooner you contact your agent about your transaction, the better. I want to meet with you as soon as possible so that I can understand your needs and get you where you’re going on time and on budget.
If you have any real estate questions whatsoever, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send an email. I hope to hear from you soon!