Buying a home can be a daunting experience without the right experience and know-how! This real estate buyers guide is intended to help get you started on your journey to owning your dream home. You will find everything you need to get started and understand the steps it takes to make your real estate dreams a reality. If you need any further help on your buying journey, I am always here to guide you and answer all your questions.
Search my website as often as you like and get idea of availability and pricing. Make a list of your criteria and determine which ones are “must haves” and wish lists, ie, basement, pool, room for pool etc…
Know your comfort zone and how much you want your monthly payment to be. Also, keep in mind that a down payment will make a difference in your payment. Check out my mortgage calculator to learn more.
Before you start to physically look for homes you will need to get in touch with a lender to see what you actually qualify for. I can help you find a reputable one. They will ask for some things such as W-2 statements, paycheck stubs, bank account statements, etc. Some lenders have it set up so you can fill out an online application. Ask your lender if you will need a down payment or if you qualify for a program. If you’re not sure, ask your lender. There are many available for first-time buyers, veterans, and more. Ask ask ask!! You might be surprised at what’s available.
I will start the process of making appointments to tour homes in your price range. Take notes, and make a list of pros and cons. Take pictures, measurements, and anything needed. Take notes of details about plumbing, electrical, and functionality of doors and windows. Check out the neighborhood. Distance to and from work, shopping, schools. Take your time, don’t get in a hurry, and pay attention to detail. Don’t forget about taxes and HOA dues, check with the lender to see if you are within your means. When you are ready, make that offer. Keep in mind if you were the seller, how would you feel about the same offer on your house. Of course, everyone wants a bargain, but be reasonable when making an offer.
For your protection, get that inspection! I can help you with this process as well. Inspections are not mandatory, but they are highly recommended. It also helps you to negotiate a better deal if something is in need of repair. Keep in mind when purchasing an older home, it is not going to be a perfect house and some repairs might be needed. Lenders will then arrange for an appraiser to provide an independent estimate of the value of the house you are buying. The appraiser is a member of a third-party company and is not directly associated with the lender. The appraisal will let all the parties involved know that you are paying a fair price for the home.
On the closing day you will sign all of the paperwork in front of a notary. Most lenders will fund the same day. Once it funds, you can have the keys and access to your new home.