8 Steps to the Home Buying Process
Despite all of the technology available to buyers these days, their search for their dream home still takes time and careful research — regardless of whether they’re a first-time home buyer or a veteran who’s purchased multiple residences over the years.
Our goal is to make sure that you–and all other potential buyers–understand each of the 8 steps that we take to make the process as easy and painless as possible. By the end of your search, with our support and guidance, you will live happily ever after in your new, dream home.
- Meet in person and create a wishlist
Let’s get to know each other! Once you’re ready to work with our team, we’ll meet together for a Buyer Consultation to focus your search and determine what you want and need in a home. We will discuss:
- Today’s housing market
- Home loan pre-approval
- Buyer agency benefits
- Home search process
- Your real estate needs
As you begin home shopping, a pre-approval letter brings you, your lender, and potential home sellers confidence in knowing what you can afford, making your offer more likely to be accepted than someone who is not pre-approved.
- Listing alerts sent to you based on your criteria
We get to know you — Need to move for a job? Need a shorter commute? Getting married? Having a baby? Need to upgrade or downsize? At this stage in the process, we’ll send you notifications about the listings that you’re most likely to be excited about. Be sure to let us know if one (or more) jumps out at you so that we can skip to the next step and schedule a viewing.
- Schedule viewings and attend open houses
Here’s where the buying process gets really FUN! We’ll go to local open houses together and schedule viewings of the homes that you’ve loved from our listing alerts. We’ll talk about how the budget will work and make sure that we find you the perfect home. We’ll also do one extra step to ensure you get your dream home. We talk more about this during our first meeting,
- Find the perfect home and write an offer
When you’re ready to make an offer, we will present a written offer to the seller. And while everyone loves getting their offer accepted right away, the seller may come back to us with a counter offer, or reject your initial offer all together. We’re happy to walk you through each of these possibilities and exactly how to handle them. Once the offer is accepted, it’s on to the next step!
- Acceptance, appraisal and inspection
The sellers accepted your offer, and the home is going through appraisal and inspection. The appraisal guarantees that the price of the property matches the condition of the property while the inspection makes sure that everything in the home is functioning properly and there are no major issues inside. These are the last steps before the shiny keys to your home are placed in your hand… for good!
- Time to close and get the keys
Get excited because it’s time to close on your home! All of your time and efforts have paid off. Don’t to forget to bring an official photo ID and a cashiers check to settlement (if applicable) made payable to the title company for closing costs.
- CELEBRATE ✔️