Spring 2016 is a good time to buy a home, and the real estate market in Lawrence is heating up now. Many choose to buy in the spring because the upcoming summer break is a great time to transition to a new neighborhood and school. While rental rates are expected to rise, mortgage rates are still low, there are down payment assistance programs available for some buyers, and you can reap major tax benefits.
If you decide this is the time for you to buy, you realize it is likely the biggest financial decision of your life. It makes sense to hire a professional to help. Stephens Broker Chris Earl says, “I recommend hiring a buyer’s agent for anyone looking to buy a home. Our Realtors know what they’re doing. They know the Lawrence market, and they have the experience and the connections to help you find the home that’s right for you. The spring market is fast-paced, and your Stephens agent can help find homes you may not see online. They will work for you from the initial consultation to the closing of your new home, and the commission charged to the seller typically pays your agent’s fee.”
So, how do you go about finding the right agent? Chris Earl or Pat McCandless, Co-Owners and Brokers at Stephens, will be happy to recommend an agent based on your specific list of wishes. Or you can visit our website – stephensre.com – to read about each agent. There are lots of different people on our team and you’re sure to find your best match.
Today, most buyers begin their home search online. The Stephens website is a great place to search. We feature our listings plus everything from the multiple listing service in the Douglas County area. Many buyers find value – and a bit of fun – in visiting open houses. An open house may help you set realistic expectations, fine-tune your search criteria and make market comparisons.
We also recommend that you visit with a mortgage lender for loan pre-approval, so you are ready to act when you find the perfect home. Your lender can help you find a payment that best fits your budget. Working with a local lender is a good idea because they know what is expected in our market and are invested in our community.
We’re ready to help you find your new home. Contact us and let us know how we can help.