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.

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Let an Agent Do the Work!

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.

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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


Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

Ken Huebsch is 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 40 plus years of 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


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One response to this post.

  1. I’ve actually met homeowners who are firm on selling their property on their own but as soon as they realize the extent of the “work” they need to put into selling a property, not to mention the learning of a lot of “real estate skills” they need to acquire in so short a time — they immediately back out and seek out professional help.


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