Of course, everyone knows you'll have to find an agent sooner or later, but why should this be step #1? The following are a few important reasons.
It costs you nothing. The buyer's agent usually takes their commission from the seller, shared with their agent. For you as a buyer, then, it's to your advantage to have an expert representing your interests right from the beginning. Why spend your time doing something that an expert can do better, especially when it comes at no cost to you?
More knowledge of market. A qualified and experienced realtor will have a thorough knowledge of the market; when you explain what you are looking for and what you need, they will be able to identify the properties most suitable to your needs most quickly. They have worked with dozens of clients and will be familiar with how satisfied each client was with their final result; this will allow them to make suggestions on ideas that may not have occurred to you.
More knowledge of process. This is really important since you are buying in another country where processes, laws and contracts all work differently at times. Your broker will be familiar with all of these, and will be able to ensure that the process is carried out and the transfer of the property to your name is done safely, and in your favour. For this reason it is also important that your realtor is working with you from the onset to ensure you are on the right track with negotiations, etc.
A well-made investment. You may find the right realtor immediately, or you may need to do some research. Ask for credentials and references. Make sure you are comfortable with your agent. Much of your experience with buying Playa del Carmen real estate will be dependent on working with the right people. Taking your time to ensure you are working with a qualified, experienced team at the beginning could save you time, headaches and even money later on.
If you have been considering buying in Playa del Carmen, make sure you start with step #1. Start one of the most important decisions of your life off on the right foot.
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