I know that a seller mostly signs a contract with a real estate agent when he uses the agent’s services to help sell the home. The seller cannot use multiple agents at the same time to sell his home. How about the buyer? Is it OK for a buyer to work with multiple real estate agents when looking for homes? I plan to look for a home in two completely different cities in the same metropolitan area. One agent I spoke to seems focused on City1 and not very keen on finding homes in the City2. So can I just talk to another agent work works mainly in City2 for homes in City2? Or am I bound to one agent for my home search? Thanks in advance for your replies. I was happy to learn… How many houses do you plan to purchase. If you have not found the city you want to reside in then perhaps you are not prepared to purchase a house at this time. You should narrow your choices down from two cities to one and to a particular neighborhood. You might hire as many real estate agents as you like, be careful of the contract you sign, because it could bind and limit you as to what you can do. In any instances even though the agent you signed with had little or nothing to do with finding you a place to live, you might still be obligated to pay him/her a commission. You are wasting real estate agents time with trying to hire one for one city and another for another city. These people are not playing games nor do they have time for people that do. When most people get serious about purchasing a house they have even decided what neighborhood of the city they have decided to buy in. People decide on neighborhoods because of the school system, how close they are to their jobs, how close they are to family and friends. The first thing you should do is get pre-approved. In order to find out the type of loan programs you are qualified for you will have to fill out a loan application, with a mortgage broker, which you can find one in your local telephone book. Make sure this mortgage broker or mortgage banker is able to do government loans such as FHA and VA loans if you qualify for one. He will fill out this application, which takes a while so grab your most adored beverage and sit down. Once you have completed the application, he will run your credit report which will have your credit scores. These credit scores will determine your interest rate. The amount of your monthly debt payments you are required to pay as per your credit report and the amount of mortgage you can take on based on your income will determine the amount of house you will be able to purchase. When you speak with the mortgage broker you will need the following documents to complete the loan application, there will be others, but this will get you started. #1 One month of pay stubs for each person that will be on the mortgage. #2 Six months bank statements from each bank in which you bank as well as statements from any 401K from you place of employment. #3 Two years of federal income tax along with the W-2 that match. Once he has all that he need to do he can then issue you a pre-approval letter so you can purchase a home. In this pre-approval letter will be the amount of house you are qualified to purchased. Once he gives you this pre-approval you may now find a real estate agent to find yourself a home or he might have a referral. Now make sure before you get your pre-approval you and your mortgage broker go over all your options as to the mortgage programs you qualify for, the interest rate, monthly payments. If you are getting a FHA, fixed rate, two loans to eliminate PMI like an 80/20 or one loan, if you are qualified for and approved for a 100% loan. You should select the loan that best suit your financial condition at the time. That could be an adjustable rate loan. It could be a fixed rate loan for 5 or 10 years and then adjust. Some adjustable rate mortgages only adjust once. Make sure your mortgage broker explain all your options so you may make an intelligent decision. What might be good for one person might not be good for you, in other words just because your friends and all your real estate buddies are telling you about the great fixed rate they got, your financial situation might call for something else. So select the best option for you and your financial situation. You should also get a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) which will indicate the cost you will have to pay for getting this loan. It will also indicate the amount of your down payment. Once you have found a home the real estate agent will then prepare a contract for you and the seller to sign. Your mortgage broker will now order an appraisal to show proof of the property value. The mortgage broker might ask for additional information or documentation, don’t get all up tight this is normal, just supply the information or find the documents needed. After the appraisal has been completed you will be called by your mortgage broker to sign your loan docs so you can take possession of your new home. Before signing any loan docs make sure they say exactly what you and your mortgage broker went over when you decided on what mortgage program was best for you. I hope this has been of any use to you, good luck “FIGHT ON”
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