There are right ways and wrong ways to buy a home in Rockford Illinois real estate. The latter of which will cost you a lot of unnecessary money, stress, and frustration. Use best practices, however — as offered by real estate experts below — and you’ll walk away a winner with a smile on your face and cash still in your bank account.


Research agents before choosing one

Selecting the right real estate agent can make all the difference when it comes to finding your dream home and negotiating the best price. Carlos Miramontez, vice president of mortgage lending at a Illinois credit union, offers a few pointers on narrowing down the agent pool.

“Doing your research upfront can help you make a wise decision and choose a well-qualified real estate agent who’s right for your needs,” he writes on the company blog. “Remember that you’re creating a business relationship. It’s important that you work well together, as it could be several months before the entire buying or selling process is complete. Enjoy a cup a coffee with a few agents before you make the decision on which partner is right for you.”

There also are specific questions you should be asking your agent, such as: How often will you send me listings? Will you show me homes when I’m available? How long have you worked in real estate? What type of property do you specialize in? Have you worked with other clients in my desired area and price range?


Search social media for local real estate groups

Social media is a great resource for connecting with real estate agents in an unfamiliar area, says Brady Hanna, president of Rockford Illinois real estate, who has been buying, renting, and flipping houses for over a decade. “Search on Facebook for real estate groups in your local area,” he says. “You will be surprised to find that there will probably be 10 or more. Join all of them, including investor and wholesaler groups. Then post across all of these groups that you are looking to buy a house in ABC area, what your criteria is, and if they have any off-market properties to send your way, and include your email address. You would be amazed at how many people will send you off-market properties using this technique. I have bought six properties in the last few months just from local Facebook groups.”


Add a personal touch when there are multiple offers

How do you stand out in a pool of potential Rockford Illinois real estate buyers? Send a personal note to the seller with a creative story about yourself, why you’re the best buyer for the house, and your plan to make it a home.

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