If you already know what property you’d like to buy, then you truly are in luck. The hardest part of the home buying process is finding a new home for sale that you actually want to live in a consider purchasing. Once that’s out of the way, now you just have to determine whether you’d like to purchase it from the private owner or go through a real estate agent, assuming you have a choice. Many times you don’t, and so this decision might also be made for you when you decide on a house you like.
When you have the option, you may want to use a lawyer to help you buy from the private seller outright. There is nothing unusual about this, and you will save a percentage of the cost of the house from going to fees that a real estate agent otherwise might take. If you’re unfamiliar with the process is why you’ll want a lawyer present to make sure everything goes smoothly. The benefit of using a lawyer is that usually lawyers are paid by the hour instead of by project.
Utilizing a real estate agent is also a good choice, especially if this is your first home purchase. While the real estate agent will take a portion of the selling fee for their services, they will also take care of the logistical framework that comes with acquiring a new property. If they aren’t providing the quality of service that you’d like, it’s OK to remind them that they are technically working for you and not the other way around.