Set up a time to sit down with me to discuss the neighborhoods you’re considering and how I can help guide your search.
Before beginning your search, your first step is to get pre-approved for a mortgage loan (unless you will be paying the full price of your home in cash). I can recommend mortgage brokers. Based on your income and credit history, the mortgage broker will determine how much a bank will lend you, which will help determine the price range for your search.
Now is the time to consider your ideal home’s location and amenities. You will attend viewings and open houses spanning a range of areas and property types. Additionally, we will activate notifications for exclusive Coming Soon and Off-Market properties as they hit the market.
Once you identify a home you like, you can put in an offer, which is an agreement to pay a certain price for the home. This offer is packaged with a Proof of Funds (POF) and Pre-Approval Letter. Note: if your offer is lower than the list price or with terms not acceptable to the seller, the seller can return with a counter-offer price or acceptable terms, which you can accept, reject, or make another counter offer. we will provide advice throughout.
It is the buyer’s duty to select all desired inspections and determine the overall condition of the property within the agreed timeline and contractual contingencies. You will also review the disclosures and preliminary title report. You may approve or negotiate credits/repairs. Prior to closing, remember to schedule a final walk-thru of the property to verify property is still in acceptable condition and any negotiated repairs were done.
Organize an appraisal with your bank. Your completed mortgage application with all supporting documentation should be submitted to your chosen lender upon receipt of the fully signed Purchase Agreement. The bank then issues loan approval. Consequently, you'll wire the closing funds with the homeowner’s insurance in place, and then the loan will be funded with clearance to close.
A final walkthrough of the property is scheduled and completed just before closing. The walkthrough confirms that no damage has been done to the home since the time of inspection and that the major systems and appliances are in working order.
Once all the conditions of the contract have been satisfied, the closing is held. The closing documents are signed, payment is exchanged, and you receive the keys to your new home!
Get familiar with terms that you may read or hear throughout the buying process.
Assessment of the property’s market value, for the purpose of obtaining a mortgage and performed by a licensed appraiser.
Value placed upon property for property tax purposes by the tax collector.
Expenses incidental to a sale of real estate, such as loan fees, appraisal fees, and title insurance.
Certain criteria that have to be met in order to finalize the sale.
A good faith deposit the buyer makes with an offer to show that you are serious about buying the property. In exchange, the seller agrees to stop marketing the property.
The buyer reviews the house just before closing to make sure everything is in the same condition and that all home inspection items are fixed.
An expert conducts a formal review of the property to find visible issues that need to be repaired. Buyers typically make their offers contingent on an inspection, but sellers can conduct a pre-offer inspection to appeal to buyers. The buyer may choose to do additional inspections like radon and a sewer scope.
A background check on the property and the seller to ensure there are no outstanding debts or claims upon the property.
Advanced approval from a bank or other lending institution for a home mortgage.
Potential buyers provide an overall financial picture and mortgage brokers provide an estimate of what level of loan you will likely be pre-approved for.
Insurance to protect the buyer and lender against losses arising from disputes over the ownership of a property.
A fee paid to the local government to officially report a sale of a home; usually paid by the buyer.