Meral Ibrahim
Coldwell Banker Realty

Creating Memories One Yard At A Time!

Understanding the Role of the Real Estate Agent

The road to homeownership can be bumpy, and it’s often filled with unexpected turns and detours. That’s why it makes sense to have a Real Estate Pro, like Meral to help guide the way.

While real estate websites and mobile apps can help you identify homes you may be interested in, an experienced agent like Meral does much more, including:

  • Guide. Before you tour your first home, Meral will take time to learn more about your wants, needs, preferences, budget and motivation. Meral will help you narrow your search and identify your priorities.

  • Educate. Meral will provide data on the local home market and provide comparable sales. The home-buying process can be complicated. Meral will explain the steps involved in a manner that makes them understandable and provide counsel along the way.
  • Network. Meral is familiar with Wellington and the surrounding areas, having lived in the community herself for over 4 decades, and has good working relationships with other agents in the area: this can lead to smooth transactions. Meral will refer you to trusted professionals including lenders, home inspectors and contractors.
  • Advocate. When you work with Meral, you have an expert who is looking out for you. A lot of people think they’ll get a lower price by going straight to the listing agent, but that’s simply not true.
  • Negotiate. Meral will handle the details of the negotiating process, including the preparation of all necessary offer and counteroffer paperwork. Once the inspection is done, Meral can also help you negotiate for repairs. Many Buyers can become distraught when faced with repair requests; Meral can do “the ask” without becoming emotional.
  • Manage details. The paperwork that goes along with a real estate transaction can be exhaustive. If you forget to initial a clause or check a box, those documents may need to be resubmitted. Meral understands the associated deadlines and details and can help you navigate these complex documents.
  • Look out. Any number of pitfalls can kill a deal as it inches toward closing; perhaps the title of the house isn’t clear, the lender hasn’t met the financing deadline or the seller failed to disclose a plumbing problem. An experienced agent like Meral knows to watch for trouble before it’s too late, and can skillfully deal with challenges as they arise.


A Professional Real Estate Agent does so much more than drive clients around to look at homes. Give me a call to benefit from my experience and knowledge of the local market and my negotiation skills.

Whether you are Buying or Selling a home, a collection of How-Tos, Checklists, and Worksheets to help you understand what to expect during the real estate experience will help make the transaction as seamless as possible.

That's why having my Comprehensive Guide as part of the Preparation and Education Plan, will keep you organized and focused throughout the entire process.

Request your free copy here - and please indicate if you are a Buyer or Seller to ensure you receive the relevant Guide.  


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Here are some of my blog posts that I thought you may find interesting if you are thinking about buying a home.  Just click on the one you want to learn more about, and feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions. 561-596-6136 or email


4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring

The Down Payment Dilemma

How Can I Increase My Family's Net Worth?

What Are The Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner?

Millionaire - Millennials: Don't Get Stuck Renting

Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need

3 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward a Crash

Protecting Your Identity When Buying a Home

18 Tips To Protect Your New Home

One More Time ... You Do Not Need 20% Down

Whose Mortgage Do You Want To Pay?

The American Dream - Homeownership

4 Proven Ways Real Estate Builds Family Wealth

Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership?

Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?

The Difference Using a Professional Makes

3 Things You Need in a Shifting Market

How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Mortgage Interest

Buying a House This Year? Make This Your 1st Step

Buying a Vacation Property? Now Is a Good Time!

What Makes a House a Home For You?

Will Your Side Hustle Buy You a House This Year

Buyers: Don't Be Surprised by Closing Costs!

Tips For Relocating A Happy Pet

Moving a Closet: Pack & Unpack In 3 Stages

Can You Use Bonus Income to Qualify For a Loan?

How to Make Your Move Less Stressful

How to Choose the Most Important Home Features

5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home

75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed

Rents Are Rising: Don't Get Trapped!

Why Has Housing Supply Increased?

You Don't Need 15-20% Down to Buy a Home

Dispelling the Myth About Home Affordability

Pre-Approval: Your 1st Step in Buying a Home

Taking Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

Is the Increase in Inventory Bullish or Bearish

Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo?

5 Tips For Starting Your Home Search

Having Trouble Saving for Your Down Payment?

The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home

How Much House Can You Afford?

What Is a Property Survey and Why You Need One

Top 3 Myths About Today's Real Estate Market

Thinking About Moving to a New City?

How to Buy a New Home Construction

The Different Kinds of Community Associations

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional

Credit Do's and Don'ts

4 Steps to Help You Make Offers in Today's Market

Not Owning Your Home Can Cost You a Lot of Money!

Home Inspections: What to Expect

Interest-Only Loans

Interest Rate Buydowns

What to Consider When Buying a Home to Retire In

Closing Costs

7 Things To Avoid After Applying For A Mortgage!

The Hidden Value of Home Ownership

Do 46 million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready

Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling; Begins to Stabilize

3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home

Buyer Demand Surging As Spring Market Begins

Are Low Interest Rates Here To Stay?

Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less

What To Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In

With Inventory Low: Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC?

What Is Really Happening With Home Prices?

The Benefits Of A 20% Down Payment

Mainstream Concerns About An Economic Slowdown Revisited

Buying a Home in 2019? Here's What You Need To Know

Boomerang Buyers: Don't Be Afraid To Buy A Home Again

Top Reasons To Own Your Home

What Is The Cost Of Waiting Until Next Year To Buy?

3 Things To Know In The Housing Market Today!

Top Tips To Make Your Offer Stick

The Millennial's Guide To Saving Up To Move Out

Stop Wondering What Your Budget Is And Get Pre-Approved

4 Most Popular Bottom Line Investments In America

Know What To Expect At Your Home Inspection

10 Steps To Buying A Home This Summer

Is Your First Home Now Within Your Grasp?

Why Is So Much Paperwork Required To Get A Mortgage?

Home Price Appreciation Forecast

The Cost Of Waiting To Buy Your Home

Thinking Of Buying An Older Home? Things To Keep In Mind

4 Reasons To Buy A Home This Summer

Rent Vs. Own

3 Powerful Reasons To Buy A Home Now

American Confidence In Housing At An All-Time High

Buying A Home: Do You Know The Lingo?

A Latte a Day Keeps Home Ownership Away

A+ Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Pro

6 Graphs Showing the Strength of the Current Real Estate Market

What Is the Probability That Home Values Sink?

Top Priorities When Moving With Kids

Are You Ready for the 'Black Friday' of Real Estate

What Is The Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy?

Home Prices Up 5.05% Across the Country

What Buyers Need to Know About HOAs

3 Reasons This Is NOT the 2008 Real Estate Market

Depending on the Price, You're Going to Need Advice

Buying a home can be SCARY...Until you know the FACTS

The Difference an Hour Will Make This Fall

Think Prices Have Skyrocketed? Look at Rents.

VA Home Loans by the Numbers

What's the Latest on Interest Rates?

Forget the Price of the Home. The Cost is What Matters

How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?

What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

Planning On Buying A Home? Be Sure You Know Your Options.

Expert Advice: 3 Benefits To Owning A Home

It's 'National Roof Over Your Head Day'

What Is The Best Investment For Americans?

2020 Forecast Shows Continued Home Price Appreciation

December 2019: The Buyer Stakes Are High Because Inventory Is Low

Expert Insights on the 2020 Housing Market

Why Is There So Much Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage

3 Benefits to Buying Your Dream Home This Year

Homes Are More Affordable Today, Not Less Affordable

Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is The Impact On You?

2020 Home Buying Checklist

3 Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is The 1st Step in Home Buying

Home Ownership Rate on the Rise to a 6-Year High

How Trusted Professionals Make Home Buying Easier to Understand

5 Simple Graphs Proving This is NOT Like the Last Time

How Technology is Helping Buyers Navigate the Home Search Process

Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes.

U.S. Homeownership Rate Rises to Highest Point in 8 Years

#1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership: Family Wealth

Have You Budgeted For Closing Costs

Buyers: Are You Ready For A Bidding War?

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows For 3 Consecutive Weeks

Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years