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Marlboro Buyer Looking at Homes Advice

Scheduling and viewing properties may be somewhat cumbersome. There are different things to consider when selecting properties, prior to visiting, and during property tours. The Marlboro buyer looking at homes advice below can help make the process less cumbersome.

Choosing Options

Keep In Mind Your Price Range

It can be heart breaking to see homes that are out of your price range. This will also waste considerable time and energy. Get a loan pre-approval and know what you can purchase before scheduling showings. This is probably the most important thing to keep in mind for Marlboro buyers looking at homes.

Consider the Features

Create a wish list with things that are necessary versus those that are desired but not critical. Keep in mind that no property may contain everything on your list and that you may need to identify amenities that you can live without. Ask your real estate professional for advice on what different amenities may cost or are usually offered in homes within your price range. Things like carpet, paint colors, appliances etc can be easily changed. So, if a house has pretty much everything you are looking for but just not the hardwood floors you would have liked, or has paint that is not up to your liking – you may still want to consider making an offer on it. Ask your agent on what you can expect in homes in your price range.  Knowing this information prior to showings will help make the process more efficient.

Research and Planning


Glance through virtual tours of homes on the Internet ahead of time and eliminate ones that off the bat do not match your criteria. Think about driving by the homes ahead of time. Understand different areas. In markets with many available options, narrowing down options will make the time spent seeing homes in-person more efficient. To make sure you don’t miss out on your perfect home, focusing on the homes and neighborhoods that are a good match for you is critical especially in this market when nice homes, which are priced right are getting offers on the very first day of being listed.

Seeing Homes Back-to-Back

Make good use of your time by combining visits to multiple properties back to back. Your real estate representative will decide the right order for viewing them based on the seller’s availability. Try not to be too ambitious as you can get information overload. Try to limit the number of homes to 3-5 per showing.

What to Do During Visits

Marlboro buyer looking at homes advice would not be complete without guidance for during and after showings. If you immediately realize that you do not like a property, do not waste any additional time seeing it. This allows you to spend additional time in homes that you do like. Write down your thoughts during or shortly after viewing a listing. List items that you liked and did not like. These personal notes may help may help refresh your memory later. It is not necessary to see and remember every aspect of a property in one visit. Use first showings to narrow down your list and return for second visits for top choices. You may catch different things upon seeing a listing a second time or at a different time of day.

More Marlboro Buyer Looking at Homes Advice

Real estate professionals know the area and understand how to best arrange property visits. Choose a broker that fits your needs and rely on that agent to guide you through the process. For additional information, please contact Sujatha Bhaskara at Keller Williams Realty by calling 732-319-1340 or by emailing at sbhaskara@optonline.net.  For more information on what’s happening in the Marlboro, NJ real estate market, sign up to become a Marlboro Market Insider today!


Pros and cons of assisted showings

Assisted showings is a term for property viewings accompanied by seller agents. Buyers and sellers, and seller and buyer agents, generally have contrasting opinions about this. Below is a summary of their perspectives and the pros and cons of assisted showings for New Jersey property listings.

Consumer Perspectives on Assisted Showings

Seller Points of View

People typically dislike having strangers wander around their property but they understand it is required to sell their property. Sellers therefore like the thought of having their agent present at showings. Although not common, there are instances where things are stolen from a property or a home is not secured appropriately after a showing. Sellers also see the benefit of having their agent pass along details on the important features of their property.

Buyer Perspectives

Some buyers like the opportunity to obtain information from someone acquainted with a listing. On the other hand, some do not particularly like assisted showings for a couple of reasons. Primarily, it can cause them to feel awkward and distracted. Throughout a showing, purchasers like to spend more time at homes they find attractive and spend less time at those they do not. When the other agent is there, they feel pressured to look through the entire property even if it is obvious that they have no interest. For homes they do like, they can feel rushed so as not to take a lot of time from the seller agent or give the impression that they love the place (as it can influence their bargaining power in the future). Occasionally a listing agent initiates too much discussion with a buyer during a viewing, which is also a diversion. Lastly, buyers cannot speak openly with each other and with their realtor when a seller agent is present.

Real Estate Professional Outlooks on Assisted Showings

Listing Agent Thoughts

Seller agents do see the advantages of assisted showings. Even though all details may be included in listing sheets, purchasers or their agents might misinterpret or miss important details. Being present gives listing agents an opportunity to address those items and any concerns or misconceptions. By merely being at the property, they also also help ensure that visitors are more respectful of the home and its belongings. Nevertheless, narrowing down a time can be even more challenging. Opportunities may be missed when schedules conflict.

Purchaser Agent Challenges

Buyer agents generally prefer unassisted showings because they are easier to plan and facilitate open discussion with their buyers. It is hard enough coordinating the schedules of the buyer agent, prospective buyer, and seller. When you compound that with the seller agent, it can become a challenge. This is particularly the case when scheduling numerous properties back-to-back.

Pros and Cons of Assisted Showings for New Jersey Property Listings

There are a lot of pros and cons of assisted showings for New Jersey property listings and they may vary based on the individual perspectives. Ultimately, the choice rests with the home owner. Sellers should specifically consider the impact that it can have on the amount of prospective buyers that will view their listing and on the feelings that those individuals will have during their visit. The location, kind of property, belongings, and many additional details should also be taken into consideration. Sellers should discuss this with their agent to make a decision that best protects and benefits them in the listing and sale of their property.

You may reach me, Sujatha Bhaskara, at Keller Williams Realty via phone at 732-536-9010 or by email at sbhaskara@optonline.net with any further questions on Pros And Cons Of Assisted Showings For New Jersey Property Listings. Never hesitate to contact me with any of your real estate questions! For more information on selling your home in Marlboro NJ, please visit http://www.bestinnjrealestate.com/sell/