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The Steps in Buying a Home

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Step 1: Consultation / Pre Approval

So you're ready to buy a home. Let's talk and while we're at it, let's get you pre-approved. If you need a lender, we have one but being pre-approved is our starting point. From there, we'll discuss your needs and put together a strategy to find you that perfect home.  

Step 2: Home Search / Showings

Now that you're pre-approved, let's go house shopping!  New listings will come at you in every direction but I recommend Real Estate One's Search App and First to Know email alerts.  The best thing to do when your Home Search radar is tripped is to, call, text or email me so we can request a showing right away. A typical showing lasts about 30 minutes and if there's more than one home, we'll make a day out of it. If you're a first time home buyer, bring your parent's along.

Step 3: Write Offer / Negotiate

You found the perfect home. Now what? Let's get an offer in before the competition does. The amount you offer will totally depend on you and I can assist if necessary. But, there are a lot of other things to consider as well. Contingencies, possession, occupancy, title work, seller concessions, earnest money...the list goes on. These are all negotiable items and I'll make sure you understand everything so there are no surprises along the way.

Step 4: Inspection

Speaking of contingencies, the first one is a home inspection. Never buy a home without inspecting it first!  An inspector will pull back the skin on a house and reveal anything that's dangerous or hazardous. If the home you're about ready to buy is not "sea worthy", here's your opportunity to withdraw your offer and we'll start looking again.

Step 5: Due Diligence

Okay, you're satisfied with the inspection. Now it's time to stay real focused. We have a deadline to meet and missing it can be a breach of contract. We are going to be working with a lot of people during the due diligence period and their requests may seem endless. The best thing to do, however, is do your assignments right away. I will certainly do mine but my biggest assignment is to keep you organized.

Step 6: Close on Home

Our due diligence period is over and we checked off all the boxes. It didn't take long and the closing date is here.  Congratulations!  You have a new home.

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