To become a smart buyer, you first have to find a very good agent. An agent that has knowledge of the area and the products, also, one that is going to be a strong negotiator for you.

You also need other professionals that are going to help you along the way:

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  • an attorney that will give you good legal advice
  • a loan officer that will give you good financial advice
  • a home inspector so that when you find a house you can confirm it is the right one

You also need to get pre-qualified before you start looking so you know what your closing costs are going to be, and what your down payment and monthly payment will be.

Lastly, in becoming a smart buyer, you need to know the areas that you are looking at and make sure you are comparing apples to apples. it’s very difficult to look at twenty different towns so you should try and hone in on 3-5 different communities to you understand value in each of them.

Good luck on being a smart buyer in today’s market and feel free to contact us with any questions. To view a list of local professionals that you may need, click here.



Article is courtesy of Thomas W. Randall, Managing Partner at Randall and Randall LLP

As a real estate attorney who also manages a litigation practice, I can attest to the positive and negative trends which have emerged from the real estate market. On the positive side of the ledger there is some optimism that the real estate market has started to turn the corner, with stable prices and predictions of modest growth.

Unfortunately, there is an uptick in litigation. This is not surprising given some buyer’s remorse from the past market and tighter lending conditions. To be proactive, a buyer and seller should follow these steps to help achieve a successful closing:

  • Retain an experienced real estate attorney. Buying or selling a home is a legal transaction and significant financial investment. Retaining a family attorney friend who doesn’t know the difference between a deed and a divorce may create problems resulting in costly litigation later should problems arise. Be certain to retain the services of an attorney who practices real estate law and who can properly guide you through the transaction.
  • Communicate your concerns and goals up front. Many pitfalls can be avoided through proper drafting of the contract of sale. Provide your attorney with essential information to ensure that the final contract documents contain the necessary inspections, contingencies, deadlines, representations, and other protections.
  • Be financially prepared and disclose. If you are buying, be ready to proceed with inspections and financing to meet closing and lending requirements. For sellers, full disclosure of material defects that are known by the seller is critical.

Thomas W. Randall may be reached at:

Randall and Randall LLP
287 Kinderkamack Road Westwood, NJ
(201) 664-0505