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How to Buy a House in Harrisburg PA - Step 1 - Use the Services of a Real Estate Agent!

How to Buy a House in Harrisburg PA - Step 1 - Use the Services of a Real Estate Agent!  You ask, "Why, exactly, should I use the services of a Real Estate Agent?"  To be honest, I've often wondered why people ask this question. After all, you don't expect an auto technician to be a surgeon or a surgeon to be a technician! It doesn't make any sense - each has his or her own area of expertise. 

I've finally realized that the reason people ask such a question when they want to know how to buy a house, is that they don't really realize the extent of the services a Realtor provides them. So, I'd like to take this opportunity to acquaint you with all the services I can provide you as a Realtor.

The fundamental first answer to this question is that an experienced realtor is an expert at what he or she does. Through hard work and education, we've acquired a set of skills to teach you how to buy a house; a set of skills that make the process of home buying and selling a lot easier than it would be by doing it yourself.

So, what are the skills in the set I'm talking about that will help you in your quest of how to buy a house?

Well, for one thing, we have the skill of being the go-between. We're the people who handle people and calls. We search and find all the homes for sale in your target area, and set up all viewings. You just show up.  In Internet terms, we make sure you're not "spammed" with worthless homes, and target real deals for you. We're the ones who save you a lot of time by making sure you're looking at appropriate properties and neighborhoods right from the get-go.

Realtor Showing a Home

And what about the prices of homes? In learning how to buy a house, you will be guided toward properties that fit your individual needs and are comfortably within your price range. Frankly, it's not in our best interests to put you into a home beyond your means or that's not right for you. When that happens, we lose clients and money!

So, when wanting to know how to buy a house, we'll do our best to work within your price range and, based on current information (market supply, demand, etc.), we'll come up with the best negotiation strategy possible. Current information can include cost-per-square-foot of homes, ratios of list-to-sold prices, knowledge of the buyer/seller, etc. All this information is gathered by the agent and used to formulate solid offers.

Another important skill experienced Realtors possess is objectivity. We have the ability to stay out of the emotional process that often occurs when people are considering how to buy a house. Instead, we present your case in the best light possible, all the while holding your information confidential from any competing interests.

One Realtor skill that's often not apparent is our ability to network with other service providers (housing inspectors, title companies, etc.) Professionally, we can't recommend one specific vendor over another. However, we do keep lists of vendors with excellent reputations as well provide references for the vendors. This service allows you to choose the best provides for your particular situation.

Buyer bogged down with tons of paperwork

Now, here's one Realtor skill that everyone truly appreciates - the ability to handle tons of paperwork! When you want to know how to buy a house, you do not even consider this!  Today, purchase agreements can run 10+ pages, and that doesn't even include all the state and federal disclosure statements that are required in the current market! A real estate file can end up being 2-3 inches thick with paperwork these days!

So, as you can see, when pondering how to buy a house, there are many reasons why it's wise to use an experienced Realtor for the purchase or sale of a home! To find out about the services I haven't mentioned in this article, contact me today at 717 514-1793 or Ken@KensHomesales.com

 

Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

Ken Huebsch: Your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have a combined 40+ years' experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success. 

For more information on how we can best serve your real estate needs, please complete our online contact form or give us a call.  Also, check out what our fabulous clients have to say about us on our testimonials page!

 

Cell: (717) 514-1793            Email: Ken@KensHomesales.com

 

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Comment balloon 14 commentsKen and Leslye Huebsch • May 04 2011 04:56PM

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Ken:  I think that using a Realtor to buy a house in Harrisburg, PA is an excellent idea.  There's these two that I know of... Ken and Leslye Huebsch.  They work all of the greater Harrisburg area... and I hear they really know their stuff.  If I were to move to Harrisburg, they would be the ones I'd call.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

I hear Karen Anne Stone in Fort Worth, TX is an excellent Agent, and has a wealth of experience. Anyone in the market for a new home in Fort Worth should take advantage of Karen Anne Stone's expertise.

Posted by Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793 (3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction) about 7 years ago

Ken-It is a Beautiful day in Boston today! especially if you are a Bruins fan! In case you missed it the Bruins lead the series 3-0! Go Bruins!

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) about 7 years ago

Joseph, See what I started? I should have known better!

Posted by Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793 (3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction) about 7 years ago

OK... I will take this as permission to mention... that Mavericks fans are celebrating their Two-Games-To-Zero lead over the those dreaded LA Lakers.  Dum de dum de dum...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Karen, Just because you have a team that's owned by a gazillionaire, and they happen to be doing well does NOT mean you can jump on this bandwagon too! I started something I'm regretting already, and now I'll have you to contend with too. Hmph. Shoulda kept my mouth closed.... Go Flyers!

Posted by Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793 (3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction) about 7 years ago

Not to interrupt the sports fan argument LOL but this is some great advice for home buyers! Too many home buyers may not realize how much they really need the services of experienced professionals such as Ken & Leslye Huebsch.

Posted by Mark Brian, Anderson SC Realtor (Silver Star Real Estate LLC) about 7 years ago

Mark, thank goodness someone finally has their head on straight! Thanks for the 'real' comment!!!

Posted by Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793 (3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction) about 7 years ago
Hey Ken-Not a good night for Flyers fans, Boston swept your Flyers, I guess you call it payback!
Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) about 7 years ago

Hi - Unrepresented buyers are certainly a danger to themselves and probably any deal, too.  The blind leading the blind.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) about 7 years ago

Ron... you said it. I could have used those words in the post... perfect.

Posted by Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793 (3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction) about 7 years ago

Ken & Leslye--As I type my response I am smiling at the banter about sports amongst the seriousness of your advice. 

Keep posting and the real readers, the consumers in Harrisburg area, will get the message.  Call Ken & Leslye Huebsch for all their real estate needs.

Welcome to ActiveRain community.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Mary, what we all realize in the daily scheme of things - especially from these comments - is that amongst the seriousness, we are all human and love to play. Ken and I are dedicated to real estate; so much so that is consumes us. But, we still love our Phillies, Eagles, and Flyers!

Posted by Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793 (3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction) about 7 years ago

Being from PA, too, we cheer for the Phillies, Eagles and Flyers unless they are playing Pittsburgh teams.  Sorry.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 7 years ago

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