Hi my name is Lance Mohr and I’m a real estate agent in Tampa Bay Florida and I wanted to do this video for homebuyers not just first-time homebuyers but even people who have bought two, three, or four homes because I know a lot of times I go out to someone’s home when we are selling it and I start asking them and talk to them about what happened when they bought the home and they just have a lot of horror stories and I mean I’ve heard everything from people getting swindled out of homes to just a lot of really, really bad issues with title and losing earnest money so there are a few things I want to give you some tips that you need to do.
You cannot make an educated decision unless you are educated. And a lot of times what happens is people are very complacent when they are looking for a home. They start going through Trulia and Zillow, they fill out information, and pretty much whoever they talk to they think well I’m just going to work with this agent. I just want to look at homes and they can show homes. Well that is like going to a doctor and saying I can go to any doctor and use them because they just prescribe medication. It is ridiculous. It is the same thing with an attorney or anybody or any professional.
You really need to get educated so when you are looking for home contact realtors and reach out and interview them. Talk to them a little bit, read their bio on their website, find out a little bit about them, ask them questions about how long they have been in the business, do the work more with buyers, do they work more with sellers, and start doing some research just not on real estate agents, look up home buyer webinars to look at especially if you are first-time homebuyer and look at stuff on the Internet if you want to know about how property taxes work read about that.
If you want to know about crime reports or school reports start reading information. The World Wide Web is great but be careful because there is a lot of bad information. There are a lot of bad people out there, real estate agents, lenders, people in general. So really educate yourself because at the end of the day if something happened it is no one else’s fault but your own.
Get educated in what is going on in the market out there. Is it a buyers’ market? Is it a sellers’ market? What is the trend? Is it trending more towards a buyers’ market? Is it trending more towards a sellers’ market? A lot of people really got caught and were surprised when the market shifted because they didn’t understand it but there are signs and there are statistics so get that.
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I hate to give you hard love and say that but a lot of times I will go out and I will talk to a buyer and they got swindled out of money or something happened and they just had a really horrible experience and I start talking to them and I’m like why did you work with this real estate agent and they just say,” Oh well they called me back” or “they happened to show me the home” or “they were friend of a friend at work” and the agent did not have any credentials or any experience and has not been in the business.
The same thing goes with the lender, if you’re looking at getting a loan, if you need a loan talk to your real estate agent they should be able to give you at least one, two, three people to talk to lender wise and talk to the lender. Go in and sit down and talk to them about what are the options. I know everyone is into instant gratification market right now that is just our society; everybody wants instant gratification. You want what you want and you want it now and I understand that. I get it. I am the same way but the problem is you are going to get hurt.
What you really need to do is talk to the lender and see what options are available to you and have them don’t just tell you what you are going to do but say what are all my options. Then have them discuss it with you, ask their opinion on what they think and why and do the same thing with the real estate agent. Go into the real estate agent’s office and sit down with them. Go over everything. See how professional they are. Look anybody could show you homes and in all honesty you don’t need a real estate agent to do that. I know this… a lot of this is stuff you are probably just sitting there thinking, “Oh, Lance I already know this, this is ridiculous but you know what, people know it but they don’t do it. I’ve got to tell you I can probably count everybody on my hands and feet my entire career that have actually gone through the proper steps and have actually gotten educated so don’t go with the instant gratification.
This is going to be the biggest financial decision, this is going to be most people’s biggest financial decision so again, if you want to make an educated decision, you have to get educated. If you have any questions about the Tampa marketplace and speaking of which let me just add one more thing. If you have any questions at all about the Tampa Bay area, the Tampa market do not hesitate to give me a call at 813-317-4009. You can get on my website tampa2enjoy and check out all the educational information and free webinars for home buyers and sellers and they are they only take about a half hour. See my Facebook and all my videos on my Youtube channel for more information. Alright, best of luck to you. Good bye.