Whether you’re an aspiring homeowner in the suburbs or eyeing up an ideally placed city condo, most people have real estate goals. They often go hand-in-hand with lifestyles, dreams, and ambitions. That’s why you should choose your realtor with the same thoroughness as your next step in life.
Few real estate agents like Jessica Chambers, a Realtor at SJ Partners, exemplify the American dream. The first–generation immigrant daughter of an entrepreneur and a tradesperson, she has experienced life in the USA as a professional, a mother, and a philanthropist. One of the things she’s learned is that quick decisions are not always the best when it comes to something as important as real estate.
“As real estate agents, we should create something that makes us different compared to others in the market,” she declares. “Whether marketing or keeping up with the competition, we should never forget to make clients feel valued. In an age where everything is at our fingertips, the personal touch matters.”
To help people far and wide realize their real estate desires, the UCLA graduate has let loose what she’s learned about becoming a homeowner the right way. Here are three tips to remember if you want your next property to be an American dream:
1. Study your situation
It’s natural during uncertain times to focus solely on buying a home. But often, the property you can purchase isn’t the property you should. There’s a real estate opportunity for everyone, and calculating it right could guarantee your economic and emotional health.
“If you’re a first-time buyer, financial education is key,” the realtor says. “It’s important to understand the difference between what you qualify for and what you can afford based on your lifestyle. The last thing you want is to feel ‘house poor.’”
Getting the biggest loan your income permits you is not usually advisable. Make your life easier by managing your budget. It’ll give you more security, flexibility, and peace of mind.
2. Seek service above self
Many people think a real estate agent’s only job is to get deals across the line. That might be because they’ve consistently partnered with inadequate realtors. When it comes to your property, prioritize a professional with value, not an impersonal money sponge.
“Ensure the realtor you pick isn’t a ‘triple P agent,’” the philanthropist explains. “That’s someone who (1) puts a home on the market, (2) puts a sign in the yard, and (3) prays it will sell. Interview agents and ensure they excel at properly positioning properties through proper marketing.”
The SJ Partners professional is talking particularly to sellers here. Nailing an agent who understands your home and its appeal will drive up demand and increase the chance you receive a higher offer. Service-oriented realtors focus not just on their bottom line but on yours too.
3. Look into the locale
You might think you know the area you’re buying or selling in, but consider it from someone else’s perspective. Real estate is an investment—if your property doesn’t appeal when you put yourself in the shoes of a prospective buyer, then it might not be worthwhile.
“Whether you’re a new or seasoned investor, ensure that you conduct a proper assessment of the area,” Chambers states. “That applies when flipping, buying, or even holding onto a property. Evaluate not just the neighborhood, but new businesses, constructions, schools, and industries that could affect the home’s value.”
It’s all part of an emerging new real estate ethos. Everything in life is an investment, whether it’s your career, family, or home. Treat your real estate journey no differently.
If you’re pursuing the property of your dreams, be realistic about your money, find an exceptional realtor, and understand the area you’re buying into. Because you’re not just buying real estate but investing in your future.