Your home: An insider’s view from a recent home buyer

By Chad Taylor

The Taylor Made Team
The Taylor Made Team

A few days ago I reviewed all of my columns from 2013. And I must admit, I have done a lot of talking about the seller’s market that we are in right now. So much so that the buyers out there may feel a little left out. Well not anymore.

This week I had a chance to interview one of our most recent buyer clients, Chris Rogers. On Aug. 7, 2013, he and his girlfriend, Elizabeth, closed on their first home purchase. Congrats Chris and Elizabeth!

Here is what he had to say:

Chad: Based on your experience with buying a home recently, how would you describe the market?

Chris: I would describe it as both a buyer’s market and a seller’s market. We really enjoyed the whole process and with rates so low, it was a great experience!

Chad: How much time did you spend researching the market before you started actively looking for a home?

Chris: Three weeks to a month. We used Trulia and Zillow a lot. We researched city data to get more comfortable with the different areas and we also talked to friends and family who lived in the areas that we were interested in.

Chad: What did you look for in a Realtor?

Chris: I didn’t really know what to look for in a Realtor. My friend recently worked with you guys (Leah was his buyer’s representative) and said that he had received the best service. That was all that I needed to hear, so I gave you guys a call.

Chad: What surprised you about the process, good or bad?

Chris: We didn’t really have any big surprises. Leah took the time to walk us through the entire process. We really enjoyed learning how everything works and all of the steps involved.

Chad: What would you do differently if you could do it all over again?

Chris: Maybe buy a house sooner. I have rented for quite a while and each month’s rent has just been wasted. Now that I understand more about real estate as an investment, yes, I would have bought a house sooner.

Chad: If you could offer a potential buyer only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Chris: Be patient. The process takes time. Finding a home that works for you and fits your needs is very important. So just be patient.

Thank you so much Chris for your time and your candid responses. We are thrilled for you and Elizabeth and Leah had a blast working with you two as well.

I must say that I was a little surprised to hear Chris say that he thought it felt like both a buyers and a sellers market. As a team, we are constantly trying to streamline our systems and processes to make a home purchase a great experience. No matter what market you are in, a well-informed buyer with proper expectations can have a great experience. So buyers out there, don’t take my word for it, take Chris’s: “Buy sooner!”

This weekly sponsored column is written by Chad Taylor of the Taylor-Made Team and Keller Williams Realty Key Partners, LLC. The Taylor-Made Team consistently performs in the top 3 percent of Realtors in the Heartland MLS. Please submit follow-up questions in the comments section or via email. You can find out more about the Taylor-Made Team on its website. And always feel free to call at 913-825-7540.