Buying a home can be complicated. Almost every transaction has its unique elements and challenges. This guide will help you prepare for what will probably be the biggest purchase of your life.
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The Internet has greatly expanded the tools and resources available to consumers since I first began as a real estate agent in 2004, with some real benefits. For example, consumers can now easily view listing information, search public records, and research towns, all from the comfort of their phone or computer.
Not all the changes are good. The abundance of information about a listing makes some buyers overconfident in their knowledge of the home buying process.
The truth is, buying a home can be complicated, and almost every transaction has its unique elements and challenges. The thing is, every property is different – each buyer and seller has different preferences, qualifications, temperaments, and needs, and it’s a dynamic market. It’s not like buying a toaster online.
I wrote this guide to help you prepare, and to help you understand where you would benefit from a professional, experienced, local agent at your side. After all, when someone has been through the process dozens or even hundreds of times, he brings an invaluable level of experience and perspective. I still learn something new on almost every transaction.
This book is split into four sections. Part 1 covers preparation and selecting your team of professionals, part 2 addresses the process of searching and viewing listings, and part 3 explains the nuts and bolts of making an offer and completing a transaction. Part 4 is a collection of additional considerations and frequently asked questions. My experience is specific to the Greater Boston area, although it is generally applicable throughout Massachusetts.