3 Ways Good Realtors Protect Your ASSets

Realtors protect your assets

For every hour an agent spends in your presence, he or she will spend an average of nine hours behind the scenes working on your behalf and to protect your assets. Why? Because agents don’t get paid if they don’t close the deal for you! Unlike lawyers who bill by the hour, agents won’t receive a penny until– or unless– a sale comes to fruition. It’s all a gamble, in which they could come away with bupkis. Here are the top ways Realtors protect your assets:

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Good Realtors Don’t Let Their Clients Drive Drunk

Shopping for a home before getting pre-approved for a mortgage is like driving buzzed… you know you have the desire to drive home, but not the wherewithal to get there effectively. You’re seeing things through rose-colored shot glasses.

Getting fully pre-approved for a home loan averts the sobering bummer of having your lofty dream home vision collide with what you can really afford. In fact, good Buyer’s Agents won’t even drive you around to go house shopping if you’re not pre-approved first.

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6 Ways to the Inside Scoop on Neighborhoods from Afar

6 ways inside scoop neighborhoods afar

“So what’s the neighborhood really like?” is the invariable secret sauce sought by home shoppers in areas they’re unfamiliar with. And though your local real estate agent is your best resource, it pays to do some research to narrow your search for a home purchase.

If you’re relocating from outside of Austin, or anywhere else, and not able to skulk around the streets in person for intel—subject to dubious looks or worse—there are some far easier ways to get a feel for what living in a neighborhood is really like. Best of all, you can even do them remotely. For starters, you can get local information on various neighborhoods on realtor.com’s site. Then for more juicy details, dip into the resources below.
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What Do You Actually Need to Qualify for a Home Loan?

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At first glance, mortgages may look like an endless, rolling sea of numbers. And truth be told, understanding how to qualify for a home loan is enough to make most home buyers feel like they’re melting in a Dali painting.

But that doesn’t mean the math has to be surreal—all you need is our handy primer to help you decipher the main figures that you really should understand. A basic understanding of how a home loan works can save you major money and ultimately afford you more house.

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So be sure to find a lender and Realtor® who are happy to answer all your questions. We’re here to help you avoid a meltdown. Let’s paint the big picture on the core mortgage qualification elements: Credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and down payment.

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