Why You Should Look For an Agent Before You're Ready to Buy

By Shelly Herron

2 minute read

Family consulting with a real estate agent.
There are several benefits to finding a real estate agent before you're ready to buy a house. Here are a few reasons why it can help you on your journey to homeownership: 

Familiarize yourself with the market: A real estate agent can provide you with valuable insights about the local housing market, including recent trends, prices, and inventory. This can help you make informed decisions when you're ready to buy.

Build a relationship: Finding a real estate agent early allows you to build a relationship with them. An agent who understands your needs and preferences and can help guide you through the buying process will be instrumental in your buying process. 

Get pre-approved for a mortgage: A good real estate agent can help you find a reputable lender and get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will help you determine how much you can afford to spend on a home, and give you an advantage when it comes to making an offer.

Gain access to off-market listings: Real estate agents often have access to listings that are not yet on the market, or that are being sold privately. By working with an agent early on, you may have access to these exclusive opportunities.

Overall, finding a real estate agent before you're ready to buy a house can be a smart move. We'd love to get you matched up with a proven, top agent from our network to work alongside you as you're starting the home buying process. 

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About the Author

Shelly Herron is a writer and editor, originally from the Midwest and now in sunny Austin, TX. She has over 10 years of editorial experience in real estate, travel, and fitness and holds a degree in marketing and journalism from Iowa State University. When not working, you'll find her doing crossword puzzles, baking, and snuggling with her dog.