Before the Search
It might seem it is the job of the real estate agent to do all the searching and property selection when buying a house, but it is easier when people know exactly what they want. Rather than taking the time to look at properties that are not even a possibility, doing a bit of research and discussing needs could be a measure that saves time and effort. Anyone looking for a house should know exactly what they need, and they should have a good idea of the neighbourhood or area where they want to live.
The budget will often be the limiting factor when making a large purchase, but there are always ways to stretch it. A couple might want to live in the best neighbourhood in town, but being able to afford it might take years. They should investigate other areas of the town or city where they live. Some of them may be going through a remodelling phase, and there could be available houses within their budget.
Knowing an area well is always helpful, and many agents are able to help couples make a choice of neighbourhoods. Their advice is often sound, and there are other areas where they can provide assistance. A couple might have one child now, but their future plans could include more. Giving an agent that information could help with finding properties that will be easily expanded in the future within today's budget.
There are always those hidden gems in small neighbourhoods or just outside the city limits that agents seem to know will be perfect. House hunting is about finding the right property, but it does take an open mind at times. Listening to the agent's reasons for showing a property that looks rough can be a good path toward a happy home far into the future.