Picture this: you're in the market to either sell or purchase a home in San Diego, you find and hire a fantastic, knowledgeable real estate agent, and the entire process goes off without a hitch.
Sounds like a fantasy, right?
The real estate industry can be daunting for even the most seasoned professionals, so if you're feeling apprehensive about the home selling or buying process in San Diego, we completely understand.
But we think these are great go-to questions to ask your real estate agent that will help ease any apprehension, turning your realty fantasy into a realty reality (apologies for the tongue twister) here in beautiful San Diego.
1. Which Neighborhood is the Right One?
If you are buying a house, whether you're a single professional or have a family of seven in need of a mother-in-law suite, the neighborhood you choose is perhaps the single most important decision you will make.
As a seller, the more knowledge you have about your neighborhood and the demographics of people it appeals to, the better chance you will have of selling your property at your desired listing price.
Your real estate agent should be a great resource here. The best real estate agents have local, industry-specific knowledge that might very well be unavailable to you.
No sweat. That's why we're here.
2. What is the Market Doing?
This is a big one. It is crucial to understand market trends in the area, whether you are a seller or a prospective buyer.
At the time of this article being written, San Diego is a hot market that isn't showing signs of cooling down any time soon.
Be sure to ask your real estate agent about these trends, especially if you are moving to San Diego from a different part of the state, country, or world.
3. Where are the Best Schools?
This one is for prospective buyers with children. You want them to attend the best possible school to have the best possible opportunities to succeed. This is universal.
Resources like this are certainly a good launching point, but again, you cannot replace the local knowledge an experienced San Diego real estate agent brings.
4. What Would Renovations Cost?
Any home buyer or seller will tell you that the only thing more stressful than the actual transaction of the property are any renovations that might follow.
Sellers need to consider what prospective buyers might want to change about their property once purchased, and prospective buyers ought to know what costs are like in the area to feel confident during negotiations.
Ask your agent about good, reliable contractors, and what costs are like in the area.
5. Other Questions to Ask Your Real Estate Agent
Once all the administrative things are out of the way, as a prospective homebuyer, ask your real estate agent about the area!
What do they like about being in San Diego? How do they spend their free time here? What community events/activities are they a part of?
These kinds of questions can really help you transition into a new community with new people. Your real estate agent can be a conduit for your new life!
Real Estate is Personal
Our team takes what we do very personally because we've lived through one heck of a journey to get here!
Steele San Diego Homes knows what it means to start over in a new place, and helping others do the same with success and confidence brings us great satisfaction!
These questions to ask your real estate agent are just the tip of the iceberg. There is a lot more to know. And guess what? We happen to love questions.
So, contact us today and we will help you achieve your real estate goals!