Oklahoma Homebuying 101, Selecting a REALTOR

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Real Estate Agent with CENTURY 21 Goodyear Green Edmond, OK
It's that time of year again, Back to School!  By now most of the kiddos are back in class and falling back into familiar routines.  They are studying new subjects and taking on new challenges.  But what about you?  Have you considered learning about something new.  Is there a goal you have?  How about jumping into home ownership?  If so, read on class is in session!


Buying a home can feel like an insurmountable task and you may not even know where to begin.  The first step is to find a REALTOR.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
  • The professional you choose should be knowledgeable about the area you are interested in.  For example, if you are looking for a home in Edmond, an agent who specializes in Norman might not be a good fit.  (Even if they are your sister in law's cousin who you met once at a baby shower.)
  • Speaking of the aforementioned sister in law's cousin, there are over 8,500 REALTORS in the state of Oklahoma.  It's pretty likely that you may have one in your family or living down the street.  That does not mean that you are obligated to have them represent you.
  • Buying a home is an emotional process.  You will likely be spending a considerable amount of time with the REALTOR you choose.  So it is vital that you are comfortable with that person.  Because they are representing you and your best interests, you need to feel that you can be honest and express what is important to YOU in your next home.
  • How will you communicate with your REALTOR?  How often will they send listing updates?  Do you have several text conversations going on at any given moment?  Do you only check your e-mail on the rare occasion you are actually at the office?  Most REALTORs will easily adapt to your needs.  But there are some that haven't embraced technology and if you prefer to communicate through a text, it might not be a good fit. 
  • How much time does the agent spend working real estate?  Is it a full time or part time job?  If you have a specific timeline in mind, a full time agent is probably going to better meet your needs.
As you begin the process of selecting a REALTOR to represent you in the purchase of your next home, I would like the opportunity to interview for the position.  My primary focus is representing buyers in Edmond and NW Oklahoma City.  If that is the area you are interested in, please give me a call at the CENTURY 21 Goodyear Green office, 405-359-7400.  Just ask for Kristyn. 

If you are interested in a home in Norman, Guthrie, or Midwest City I'm probably not the REALTOR for you.  However, my company is.  We have offices in all those communities.  Give me a call and I will connect you with an experienced professional in one of those markets.


 
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About the author, Kristyn Grewell.  I'm an Active REALTOR with CENTURY 21 Goodyear Green in Edmond, Oklahoma. I love to help my clients buy and sell homes and investment properties in Oklahoma.  I specialize in Edmond, NW Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas.  I am also an Oklahoma relocation specialist.  As a member of the Cartus Broker Network I can connect you (or your friends and family) with a qualified real estate specialist virtually anywhere!

For more information, visit SellaMetroHome.com or e-mail kristyn.grewell@century21.com.  For faster service, you can always text or call me at 405-615-2796. License number 151697

Please note that individual listings periodically mentioned in this blog are accurately described in terms of availability and price at the time of the posting. Because properties are constantly coming on and off the market, please contact Kristyn for the latest information on those that are of particular interest to you.

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Nicely written!   Great tips to pass on, no matter what state!

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Excellent explanation!  I love the part about the so-and-so's sister's friend or whatever!  There are (or were) a lot of Realtors in Arizona, everyone knows a Realtor, heck, even your waiter is probably a Realtor!

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