Buying a home can be an overwhelming process.
From financing to negotiating to closing, there are a lot of moving pieces that can leave home-buyers bewildered.
A real estate agent can help guide you through each step of the buying process, offering sound advice along the way. By working with a professional agent who knows the ins and outs of the real estate industry, you’ll not only end up with a great home, but you’ll also walk away with a great experience.
Here are some of the key areas that an agent can help you with:
GETTING A PRE-APPROVAL LETTER
By providing your real estate agent with some basic information about your income, savings, and debt, he or she can assist you in getting pre-approved by a reputable lender. The lender will then go over your financing options, what monthly payment amount you can afford, and what you can expect for down payment requirements and closing costs.
CHOOSING A HOME
For most buyers, choosing a home is an emotional process. An agent can assist you in this process by offering objective information about each property. From local community information like schools and zoning to home-specific details like condition and amenities, an agent can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
MAKING AN OFFER
Once you’ve found the home of your dreams, an agent will research recent comparable sales of similar homes in the area to help determine a fair selling price. Based on those comparable sales, as well as other factors like inspections and repairs, an agent will then help you structure an offer and negotiate to get the very best deal possible.
Closing, or settlement, can be a complicated process. In some areas, the escrow or title company handles the closing process, while in other areas an attorney handles it. Regardless of where you’re buying, a real estate agent can help ensure that everything goes smoothly.
The very first step in buying a home is knowing what price of a home you can afford. It is not wise to look at homes and possibly get an emotional attachment only to find you will not qualify for the asking price.
It is because of this reason that our TEAM will not begin the process of looking for homes until you have a Pre-Approval Letter from a reputable lender. Once you have this, we are good to go forward.
We work with several reputable lenders. Many have different programs and strengths depending upon your occupation.
These programs may result in a lot of money saved over the time of your loan.
If you would like a referral to a reputable lender please contact us and we will help get the ball rolling and oversee that it is done in a timely manner.
WE KNOW HOW TO SELL HOMES!
Times are changing and you’re thinking about moving the family into a new home. But before you start searching for your next dream home, you’ll need to figure out when you’re going to sell your existing home. The decision is a complex one, especially considering the unpredictable economic environment you’re living in. And while there’s no magic formula for determining the best time to sell a home, there are several factors you should consider.
WHO SHOULD I HIRE AND WHY?
You should hire our TEAM!!… DUH! JUST KIDDING! But in all seriousness we believe that hiring a Team of Realtors that you feel is reliable, trustworthy & experienced is the most crucial step in the process. In a TEAM approach you have one designated representative, yet an entire TEAM of Associates and Affiliates all working to help you buy or sell your home. Selling a home can be a very stressful experience and it is our job to provide a very stress-free environment and transaction. We believe that our team members and clients need to be good fits for one another in order to create a seamless experience. Once we’ve interviewed each other and established a great relationship that is positive and encouraging we find that communication is the secret-sauce to every good experience. From the pre-listing steps of professional photography, cleaning, decluttering & staging; to the transactional portion of having the proper paperwork, opening escrow & inspections. Every step of the way provides its own challenges that our TEAM of Realtors are equipped and ready to handle on your behalf.
THE BEST SEASON FOR SELLING
Conventional wisdom dictates that spring is the best time to sell a home. In spring, the holidays have past, the new school year is still a while away, and gardens and other outdoor spaces tend to look their best. And while spring is the season that sees the largest amount of buyers, it’s also the season when inventories are highest. This means lots of competition, so if you’re going to sell in spring, you really need to get your property to stand out with effective marketing and staging.
THE BEST TIME TO SELL
According to research, Thursday is the best day of the week to list your home for sale. By listing your home for sale on a Thursday, you can make it available immediately for weekend showings. Come Saturday – the busiest day for real estate – your home will have only been on sale for two days, which is great for attracting full-price offers. In general, the shorter amount of time your home remains on the market, the higher the offer you’ll receive.