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So, you want to buy a house—now what? The first time buying a home is an emotional, exciting, and also exhausting experience. You may also be wondering along the way—what am I missing? This is a common question. Here’s how the buying process works from start to finish.
Do some preliminary online searching. Check into what homes are selling for in the areas you’re interested in to give you an idea of what you’re looking for. This will help later on when communicating your wish list with your real estate agent.
Take care of the budget. Use an online mortgage calculator to determine what your monthly mortgage payment would be if you were to purchase one of these homes you’ve found online. Make some additional estimates for utilities and see if this fits into your budget.
Get pre-approved. Contact a lender to find out what you can afford! Check out our Pre-Approval Checklist for all the info you will need to have on hand when you talk to a lender. And if you need contact information let us know! We can refer you to some great lenders we work with regularly.
Find an agent. We will help you navigate the process every step of the way. We send you homes, show you homes, and negotiate the best deal we can for you!
Look at homes. Give us detailed feedback so we can show you homes that are perfectly suited to you. Also, make sure you let friends and family know you’re looking for a new home--you may even find out about an amazing home before it hits the market.
Make an offer. Once you’ve found your dream home, you may want to move quickly. We will guide you on a reasonable first offer to start negotiations based on market conditions. Also, make sure you consider closing costs. The lender will be able to give you an estimate on closing costs based on the home.
Negotiate. Prepare to go back and forth with the seller a few times on price and selling conditions. We will be your advocate here and try to get you, our client as much as possible for your money while being fair and respectful to the seller and their real estate agent.