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Frequently Asked Questions

Real Estate Frequently Asked Questions

Deb Cole Real Estate - Findlay Ohio - Frequently Asked QuestionsIf you’re like most people, buying a home is the biggest investment you’ll ever make – and you will likely have some questions about real estate agents and the home buying process. If you’re selling a home or property in the Findlay, Ohio area, you’ll likely have some questions too.

I’ve lived in Findlay, Ohio all of my life and have more than 29 years of experience in the real estate industry. I’ve done my best to highlight some of my most frequently asked questions below. However, if you have a question that I did not answer, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Thank you!

Q1: How long have you been a real estate agent?

You want a professional who knows the ins and outs of the business, this level of knowledge comes only with experience. Look for someone with several years in the business as a full-time Agent. Someone who has taken real estate education courses beyond the basic agent level and has earned many Real Estate Designations

Q2: What neighborhoods do you specialize in?

Your agent should be well-acquainted with the areas you’re interested in, so search for someone who can rattle off key info about your desired neighborhood, including home prices, schools, safety, public transportation, and cultural amenities.

Q3: What’s your schedule and availability?

Many real estate agents work only part time, which could present problems: What if a bidding war has just begun on the home you just have to have, or you encounter last-minute closing snafus? Ideally, you want an agent who works full time.

Q4: Do you work independently or with a team?

Agents work in many different ways. If I am chosen as your exclusive agent you will be working with me. I don’t push my clients off on another agent who doesn’t know you.

Q5: Why do most agents help both buyers and sellers?

In Ohio, agents can work with both buyers and sellers. Or if you prefer to have one over the other this can be worked as well.

Q6: How many homes did you help buyers close in the past year?

This question is specific because you want someone who successfully helps people buy homes. There’s a big difference between ‘working’ with home buyers and actually selling people homes.

Q7: How long does it typically take buyers you’ve worked with to find and purchase a home?

Buying a house takes time. In general, it takes an average of 30 to 60 days to shop for a house, and 14 to 60 days to go from contract to closing. However, this number varies widely from area to area, and it’s crucial that you have a handle on how long it’ll take you. In our local marketplace, situated in Findlay, Ohio homes tend to sell quickly these days. So we must act quickly.

Q8: How will you determine what homes may match my wants and needs?

A good buyer’s agent provides clients with a comprehensive questionnaire to help them pinpoint their home-buying criteria. Also, your agent should be able to tell you whether your list of “needs” is realistically affordable in your area.

Q9: How many clients are you currently working with?

You want an agent who’s busy but not too busy: Anyone juggling much more than 10 clients might be too busy to provide you with high-quality, one-on-one service.

Q10: How will you keep in contact with me during the buying process, and how often?

Does your agent prefer to stay in touch mainly by phone, email, or text—and how about you? Generally, it’s best if your agent’s preferred method of communication aligns with your own. If your agent’s a texter while you prefer an actual conversation on the phone (or vice versa), that could drive you both bananas. You should also ask how often you two will be touching base. Navigating the home-buying process requires good communication between you and your agent, so you want an agent who will stay in touch and check in with you on at least a weekly basis. In a fast-moving market, your agent should be touching base with you daily, lest you miss out.

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