When you're touring Yorba Linda homes for sale, chances are that you're scrutinizing the properties and listening to the real estate agent's tour. But are you asking good questions? Your Realtor® has vast experience evaluating properties and can give you an insider perspective on key points related to each home. Here are three straightforward question you should ask your agent about each house you're considering.

What do you love about the home?

As a buyer, you have your preferences and specific features you're excited about. But agents have years of experience touring homes, often seeing ten or more houses a day. Put their pattern recognition to work for you by finding out what features they really love. Is the kitchen ultra-modern and home to state of the art appliances? Does the natural light situation or the surrounding view go beyond what's typically on the market at this price point? Getting your real estate agent's input can help you see a property's highlights with fresh eyes.

What flaws do you see?

You may be ready to fall in love with a property. But it's important to see it through an expert's eyes. What issues or flaws would they identify? Are there signs that ongoing care and maintenance may have been neglected? Could the property be very expensive to cool due to its architecture?
Are there factors about the neighborhood or the topography that could represent challenges in the long-run? Don't be afraid to ask hard questions about a property. Potential issues won't necessarily knock it off your list, but getting unbiased input from your Realtor® can help you make smart choices.

What's the situation with the house?

Your agent will have the background on the property. One of the key data points you'll want to know is how long a property has been on the market. If it's newly listed and a bargain, your chances of dropping the price are low. However, if it's been listed and languishing for some time, there may be flexibility on the asking price. It's also helpful to ask your agent for her opinion on the price. What does comparable research reveal? Sellers expect a real estate agent to look at comparable properties when pricing a home.

But that information can also help you assess whether a property you're considering buying is reasonably priced. Finally, ask about any known issues or repairs pending with the property. Does it have a tendency to flood? Will it need a new roof soon? The more you know, the better prepared you'll be when thinking through your offer strategy.

Are you considering purchasing a property? Contact The Edie Israel Team today to discuss your needs and learn more about arranging a time to view Yorba Linda homes for sale.