Buying a home is a very personal experience! We are here to guide you through it from search to close and beyond…in a way that is unique to you!
The Online Search
Although we invite you to start your search online on your own if you like, when you are ready to get serious and make that purchase, let us help you make that process easier by narrowing down the list of homes to ones that more accurately fit YOUR NEEDS, saving you tons of TIME and answering your ?s through the home buying process. We are here to serve!
Unlike the large portals, like Zillow, Trulia and Redfin that have limiting search filters, we can dial your MLS search in to the most minute detail to match the uniqueness of a home that fits you and your lifestyle, like which direction you want the back porch of your house to face (do you like sunsets or sunrises?), pet criteria, fence, boat docks, boat lifts, pool or pool with a spa, HOA fees, amenities, driving distance from work or family, city water or well water, and even if you want fruit trees, plus so much more…All it takes is a click to let me know what you are looking for.
By searching in our MLS, you get up to the minute updates on listings – no wasting your time on listings that sold month’s ago and didn’t get updated by the algorithm. Let’s be honest, who couldn’t use some extra time in their busy day.
Millennials Guide to Homeownership
What’s a Buyer Consultation & Why Do you Need One?
Ahhh… the dreaded Buyer Consultation. The event that some home buyers avoid like the plague.
Because, you know, the buyer’s consultation is where some super-slick real estate agent corners you with high pressure tactics to maneuver you into signing a document that basically ties you to that agent from now to eternity, come hell or high-water.
When all you want to do is get inside those dreamy homes you see on the web to take a closer look, to bring your vision into sharper focus.
You’re just “shopping,” and you’ve heard that real estate agents screen for lookie loos. You’re not sure you want to buy a home this week, this month, or even this year. And you don’t want to be pinned down.
Then there’s the issue that a stranger whom you’ve only talked to on the phone, text or email, insists on formalizing the relationship in their office or over coffee. Sure, you’ve seen their picture and checked out their website, but still.
Sitting across from a stranger, sharing your dream of owning your own home and all that means to you, feels like a first date with way too much implied commitment. Seriously, you don’t even know this person.
Then there’s the time issue. Why waste time on formalities when you could be looking at homes instead. Buying a home is a no-brainer, right? What’s to talk about?
What’s to Talk About Seriously?
We’re laughing because each of us – long before we became real estate agents ourselves – has thought this exact thing at one time or another. In our desire to see homes fast, while the excitement was still strong, we zoomed around town with real estate agents with whom we had barely exchanged hellos. We spent exhausting days being shown homes that had nothing to do with our wants and needs. Because we had not defined our wants and needs, even to ourselves.
In the end, all we got was confusion and frustration.
So let’s get this out of the way….At Affinity Realty Group, we do business differently. We are an integrity based business. We think of ourselves as coaches and advocates rather than as salespeople. Our goal is not to sell you a home. Our goal is to find and negotiate the successful purchase of the right home for you. A home that you will love for many years to come.
Your goals are our only goal. Your trust, satisfaction, and referrals are paramount to our long-term success as a business. We think long-term rather than short-term.
What Can You Expect from a Buyer Consultation?
Our Buyer Consultation is a FREE, NO OBLIGATION SERVICE we provide to potential home buyers to assist them in clarifying what they really want in a neighborhood and home. We think it’s an important first step in getting you into the right home for your lifestyle.
The reason that most credible real estate agents today want signed Buyer’s Agreements before engaging with a potential buyer, is to ensure fairness to the agent. While the services of a buyer’s agent are free to the buyer, an agent has only so much time to invest with clients and must prioritize that time.
We work hard for our buyers, and we trust that they honor our time investment. Thus, we don’t work with buyers who are working with multiple agents. That’s not fair to us or the other agents.
If however, a buyer is at any point unhappy with our services, they have the right to end the relationship – no questions asked. We don’t think that’s going to happen. But the option is there.
Why is Getting to Know You So Important?
To assist you most effectively, we need to get to know YOU. We already know the pros and cons of each of SW Florida’s unique neighborhoods, water access and homes from Tampa to Naples. This get-to-know-you process helps ensure you ultimately choose the right neighborhood and home for your lifestyle. Without this focusing process, we’re just looking at random homes all across the city.
The Buyer Consultation is also an opportunity for you to get to know us. You want to ensure that your buyer’s agent is someone you trust and want to work with. Because buying a home is often a stressful process, it’s important to choose an agent who is available for you, listens to you, knows the business, knows the market, and can effectively negotiate with the seller. You’re only a phone call or text away.
Are you a Pro at Buying Homes?
Have you bought and sold some homes in the past and already have a home picked out that you’d like to put an offer on? Prequalified with your lender? Just give us call to schedule to see it and get that offer written up for you. Click here to eMail us your Proof of Funds and/or Lender Prequal letter. Please be sure to block out your account numbers prior to eMailing 😉
Tools & Resources for our Buyers
Things to Consider When Buying a Home
We like to keep you up-to-date on real estate market trends and data, so we publish a quarterly Buyer’s Guide with latest tips and current market trends.
How’s the Market?
Is it a Good Time to Buy?
We keep a really close eye on the Southwest Florida market and from the data we can pull from that helps us forecast trends that help you with buying decisions as well as seller negotiations.
Want to know what’s happening in the neighborhood you are interested in? Check out How’s the Market! Make sure you Sign Up for Updates for all the areas you are interested in order to get an update to your inbox every Friday!