Step 1 to Buying a Home: Find a Realtor
Most people start their home buying search on Kauai by looking at sites such as Realtor.com, Zillow or Trulia. That’s completely fine and understandable, but step 1 to buying a home should be to find a qualified Realtor to represent you. This is especially important if you are shopping for your new home, condo or land from a distance.
Searching online at Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, etc. on your own takes a LOT of time. A Realtor can set you up for automatic search via the MLS (Multiple Listing System). This means that each day (or how often you want to receive the search results) you’ll be emailed a list of all new properties matching your criteria or price reductions which now put a property in your budget. This is a HUGE time saver. And if you’re in a market, like Kauai, where demand is high, it can be an enormous advantage to be able to get in and to see a property (or have your Realtor see it) within a day or two of it going on the market.
So, how do you find and pick a Realtor? Well, hopefully you’ll contact me at 808-346-7173 or nancy(at)residekauai(dot)com so we can talk or meet in person and see if we would be a good fit together. Remember, not all Realtors are right for all people. You need to find someone who is not only great at his or her job, but someone you like, as you’re going to be spending a lot of time with that person. So get together and have coffee and chat. See if you click. If so, you need to determine if that person has the experience, customer service and understanding of the market that you’re looking for.
Start out by noticing how quickly the Realtor responds to your initial phone call or email. If the Realtor doesn’t get back to you within a maximum of 24 hours, that’s a bad sign. This business moves fast and deals can be lost if your Realtor doesn’t respond quickly on your behalf during negotiations.
Interview the Realtor by asking them very specific questions about themselves, what they know about the market you're interested in, who else have they worked with, etc.
Once you've decided on your Realtor, respect that they are there to help you. Use the updates you're getting from their MLS to gather more information. Let them know if you see one that interests you. Trust their expertise!
If you have any questions, please let me know.