Buyer's Guide

A Step-by-Step Buyer's Guide

Whether buying your first home, next home or even one that will help you #buildwealththroughrealestate - buying a property is such an exciting milestone. To prepare yourself for this moment, you need to know what to expect during the process. This step-by-step buyer’s guide will help reduce the stress of buying and help you enjoy the journey as much as possible.

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Step 1: Research

Do you already know where you want to buy? If you want a condo, townhome, or single-family home? Which features do you like and dislike? What’s available on the market now? What type of property will be the best fit based on your financial needs? If you answered no to any of these questions, now is the time to start researching. In addition to looking for properties that interest you, also take note of any changes in asking prices. This could give you valuable insight into housing trends in specific neighborhoods and help you when the time comes to make an offer.

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Step 2: Decide on Your Budget

Notice I said to decide on your budget—not determine how much a lender will give you. In many cases, a mortgage lender will pre-approve you for more than you’re comfortable spending, which is why it's important to determine the monthly payment you feel comfortable with. This likely includes doing a full household budget and taking into consideration what changes other than a mortgage payment will occur once you take possession of your new property.

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Step 3: Get Prequalified

The first best step before you head out house-hunting is connecting with your trusted mortgage broker and getting pre-approved. Typically, you'll want to have all your documentation in order to provide to your broker in addition to a minimum of 5-20% of your anticipated purchase price saved in cash as a downpayment. 

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Step 4: Choose a Real Estate Agent

Can you shop for, look at, and ultimately make an offer on a home without a real estate agent? Technically yes, but why would you when it costs you nothing for an agent like me to take much of the stress off your shoulders? Not only will I help identify properties you might be interested in, arrange showings, and ultimately handle the offer process, but I have in-depth market knowledge and over a decade of experience successfully negotiating offers for my clients. Let me help you find your next home and #buildwealththroughrealestate.

My goal is to provide you with the most tailored service that is designed to help you buy next property.

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Step 5: Find the Right Property

This should be the most enjoyable step of the entire process. I will arrange showings of properties you’re interested in that are within your price range. Take notes about what you like and don’t like, and make sure to pay attention to details. Turn light switches on and off, open and close doors, and run the faucets in various rooms. Don’t limit your inspection to the home itself. Make sure to take time to explore the neighborhood and keep an eye on traffic at certain times of the day, the parking situation, and how close it is to necessities like schools and grocery stores.

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Step 6: Make an Offer

Once you have selected the perfect property, work with your agent to craft a fair offer based on the value of comparable homes on the market. Depending on what the property is listed at and whether the current environment is a buyer’s or seller’s market, your offer may be below, at, or even above the asking price. I will be able to help you negotiate if you receive a counteroffer and reach an agreement. 

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Step 7: Have the Home Inspected

In most cases, your offer will be contingent on having the property inspected to ensure there is no major structural damage or large repairs needed. I can help you arrange this, and you can schedule it within days of making an offer. If there are no major issues, the process goes to step eight. If there is, you can renegotiate your offer based on what needs to be fixed, or you can withdraw it.

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Step 8: Select Your Loan

Now is the time to go back to the mortgage lender who pre-approved or pre-qualified you and choose your mortgage. You will be presented with various options based on your unique financial situation, including fixed-rate, variable-rate, amortization length, and more. Work with your mortgage lender to select the option you feel the most comfortable with.

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Step 9: Get a Property Appraisal

Your lender will have your new property appraised so they have their independent value of it. The appraisal is to ensure that all parties involved are paying a fair price for the house.

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Step 10: Finish Paperwork

All paperwork will be coordinated between your real estate agent, mortgage broker and lawyer. When you’re finished, you’ll know you are the legal owner of your new property.

Congratulations!

After signing the final paperwork to complete the purchase, you are now the owner of a new house. It may take a few days for your loan to be funded once the paperwork has been returned to the lender, but once that check is delivered to the seller, you’ll be all set to move into the home of your dreams. 

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