When you’re in the market for a new home to buy, your real estate agent will likely invite you to ride along with them to view homes. This is a convenient courtesy, but you may want to reconsider. Your other option is to follow the real estate agent in your own car instead.
Here are some reasons to take your own car when viewing homes:
1. It Gives You Time To Confer With Your Partner
After you’ve looked at one house, getting back into your private vehicle with your partner allows some time to openly talk about the house you just saw without worrying about how it may influence others.
2. It Lets You Drive Slower
Real estate agents do quite a bit of behind-the-scenes preparation when showing homes. They may have driven to a property several times before they bring you to see it. As such, they may drive with the intent of “getting there,” while you may might like to drive slower so you can see more of the area.
When you follow behind in your own car, you can take your time or even slow down more if you see something of interest, like a park or an interesting coffee shop.
3. It Lets You Contemplate Specific Features
When you get back into your own car after viewing a house, you and your partner can sit in comfortable silence if you wish to think about certain features you really liked. This is also an opportune time to make mental notes of features you’d be interested in seeing in future houses. Once you get your list together you can talk about it later with your real estate agent.
4. It’s More Convenient If You Decide To Make An Offer
Let’s say you’ve just seen the house that you are positive you want to buy. You ask your agent to make a formal offer. Now the agent has to head back to the office to submit the offer.
If you’ve driven your own car, you can simply part ways and you go back to work or home and await the results. Otherwise, there’s a delay on the submission while the agent drops you at your house first.
The next time you spend an afternoon looking at houses with your agent, consider taking your own car. As you can see, it’s the smart option.
Partnering with a trusted real estate agent is an important part of your home buying experience. Be sure to communicate your needs every step of the way.