Not only do we have a state of the art property search tool that you can use, but we also help you locate properties, compare neighborhoods and homes for sale, understand negotiations, prepare for closing, and more. We fight for you so that you will get the best deal possible on your next house or investment property. We walk you through every step of the process and take the stress out of buying real estate. We are a full-service real estate group that is committed to providing competent service at the highest level for all of our clients.
We like to meet with our clients to make sure you are educated on the buying process before you jump in headfirst. We find that by doing this, you have less surprises throughout the process and helps to provide you with a smooth transaction. Our job is to provide a home buying experience that is smooth and stress free. Make an appointment to speak with one of our agents today and start packing!
Here is a helpful step-by-step guide of the home purchase process:
1. Meet for a Coffee
Like we said, we find it is best to find a time to meet in person and have a conversation. This initial conversation is your chance to get to know us, and our chance to get to know you! If we like each other that’s a good start!
2. Get Pre-Qualified for a Mortgage
A big mistake many home buyers make is that they begin to look at homes before they get pre-qualified. That’s why before we begin on our journey, we will suggest that you meet with your preferred lender or mortgage broker. Don’t have one? Don’t worry, we have a list of professionals that we have worked with in the past and we would happily recommend. Once you have completed this step, we will then know exactly what price of homes we should be looking at allowing us to view each property with confidence!
3. What’s on your Wishlist?
Once we have your pre-approval in-hand, we can get to the fun stuff and go for another coffee to start talking about what you need and want in your next home. This is our chance to think big and capture all of your ideas first. From there, we will start to build your initial search. At this point, we will be sure to tell you how we will cast as wide a net as possible to make sure we capture every possible listing available. This way you can rest assured you are not missing out on “the one”. We will also sign some paperwork stating that we will be working together.
4. Previewing Properties with Online Listings
Using your Wishlist, we will create an automatic online search which will send you listings as they hit the market. That’s right, you can stop searching online, we send everything to you! Upon viewing these listings, you will be able to favorite and comment directly with us, telling us which properties you would like to see in-person. Generally speaking, we suggest that you limit your first in-person viewings to a maximum of five properties as after that in one session, it can all start to blur together!
5. Viewing Properties
Once you have selected some properties that interest you, we will begin to schedule showings of those properties. We will take you to these properties or meet you there (yes, your friends and family can come), show you around and ensure that you have all of the information that you need. Sometimes we look at a lot of properties before we get to the next step. Sometimes, we look at one. It all depends on you and we are happy to guide you through this, no matter how long it takes.
6. Make an Offer
You will know it when it happens. You walk into the home and…this is the one! It is time to make an offer. We will head back to our office and do a few very important things:
- We will conduct a comparable value assessment to ensure that the asking price is reasonable and give you an idea of the range of prices that we could consider with our offer.
We will discuss additional items in the offer such as:
- Goods Included
- Closing or Possession Date
- Conditions and Terms
- Once we have this together, we will complete our offer and we will send it to the listing agent.
Once the offer has been sent, things will start to move fast. Our role will be to negotiate the best (lowest) price for this property with the most favorable conditions for you. Taking your direction, we will do our best to ensure a favorable outcome for you.
8. The Under Contract / Escrow / Inspection Period
We have a deal! The Seller has accepted our offer and has signed the deal. Now we will have an agreed upon time frame to conduct our due diligence. We handle scheduling the inspectors of your choice. Once inspections have been performed, we will meet again to go over the reports. At this time, you decide what issues (if any) you would like to have addressed. Once we have negotiated repairs and both you and the seller agree, we then wait for the repairs to be completed and re-inspected. Then on to the next step!
9. Moving Day / Possession Day
The home buying process is unique and emotional, and we usually become friends along the way. Once you move in we would hate to lose that so we will do our best to pop-by and say hi or maybe just a quick phone call as we love to keep in touch with our amazing clients!
10. Enjoy Your New Home!
The most important step for sure – it will totally be worth the process when you are sitting in your new home!