E 1 POST REGISTER Friday, January 24, 2014

Real estate advertising supplement
By Casey Archibald
Editor’s note: This is the second
story in a series covering the
home-buying process. Each week
will cover the steps you can expect
to go through before moving day.
With so many options, it can
be difcult to choose a real estate
agent to help you buy your new
home, especially if buying a home
is something you have never done.
Tina Miller, owner and designat-
ed broker, CNE at Assist 2 Sell and
the past president for the Greater
Idaho Falls Association of Realtors
said one of the most important
things to look for in a real estate
agent is someone you feel comfort-
able with and get along with well.
“I wish I could say buying a
house was easy but it isn’t,” said
Miller. “You need to nd some-
body who will make sure your
needs are taken care of even after
buying the house. Everybody
has different personalities so nd
somebody you click with and who
ts your personality. Most REAL-
TORS are people-people which is
why we do this, but everyone is
Brian Thompson, the 2014 Pres-
ident of the Greater Idaho Falls
Association of REALTORS, an
associate broker, GRI, CRS, said
there are three primary responsi-
bilities that real estate agents have
when it comes to the buyers they
are working with.
The main categories include;
nding a home, choosing a home
and buying a home.
Finding a Home
According to Thompson, agents
should discuss the buyer’s home
requirements with them including
the style, location and the price
of the home. Agents should also
review specic facts on nancial
alternatives to determine the price
most suited to the buyer’s nancial
abilities. Lastly, real estate agents
should also provide information on
all the homes available in the area
of the buyer’s choosing and locate
nearby schools, shopping areas,
recreational facilities and houses
of worship if desired.
Choosing a Home
Thompson explained that real
estate agents should discuss the
benets and drawbacks of each
home in relation to the buyer’s
specic needs. Agents also have an
obligation to obtain the necessary
written information on taxes, local
laws, and ordinances in the area.
Lastly, real estate agents should
give the buyer a complete esti-
mated settlement expense sheet
for any home on which he or she
makes an offer.
Buying a Home
Thompson said good real estate
agents should explain all the
nancing alternatives to the buyer
in order to nd the lowest-cost
nancing available on the home
that has been selected. Agents
should handle all the detail work
and negotiations, carefully explain
all written documents, and give the
buyer a copy of everything he or
she has signed. Real estate agents
should also accompany the buyer
to a nancial lender and explain
the procedure for a mortgage ap-
plication and also accompany the
buyer to the settlement, making
sure he or she understands the
entire settlement process.
Miller said she believes one of
the best qualities in a real estate
agent is good, strong work ethic.
“Working with buyers takes
a lot of time, especially in an
area like this where there are a
lot of listings,” said Miller. “If
you aren’t there when the buyer
walks through the house you
don’t get to see their reaction,
which is important. Real estate
agents should make themselves
available to their buyers so they
can pay attention to what they
like and what they don’t like.”
Thompson explained that hav-
ing good communication skills is
another sign of a good real estate
“Agents really need to be
passionate about what they are
doing and not only care about their
industry in real estate but give
back to that industry by getting
involved in leadership and career
opportunities, as well as giving
back to their community in gener-
al,” said Thompson.
Though there are many quali-
ties to consider when selecting a
real estate agent, there are also a
few things that are important to
remember as a buyer.
Miller warned that buyers
should be careful what they say in
front of agents who are showing
them a house and whose loyalty
lies with the seller.
“If you haven’t signed a buyer’s
representation agreement with an
agent, you don’t need to tell them
how much you qualify for,” said
Miller. “They shouldn’t know
anything that would effect your
bargaining positions.”
Miller also explained that many
buyers purchase a house at the top
of the range of the loan amount
that they are eligible for.
“Just because you can afford a
certain amount for a loan doesn’t
mean you should buy that partic-
ular house,” said Miller. “There
is a time and a place to buy at the
top of your range. If it is going to
be a little bit of a stretch for your
family nancially, don’t do it, es-
pecially if you are only going to be
in the home for three to ve years.
Be cautious and consider expenses
that might come up in daily life.
You are going to be paying off that
house for a long time, so make
sure it is the right decision for
your family.”
Thompson explained that the
most important part about choos-
ing a real estate agent is nding
someone that you connect with.
“If there are several that look
the same on paper, choose the one
who you are most comfortable
with,” said Thompson. “They will
be in the trenches with you helping
you through this process.”
Real estate
agents work out
the details for
home buyers
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First-time home buyer education
Greater Idaho Falls Association of Realtors
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