Here’s how we can help!
1. Finding your dream home – Once we know your preference on the location, size, style, schools, amenities and monetary limitations, we can save you time by finding and only showing you the best of what is on the market.
2. Bringing you up-to-date on local real estate trends – Before you make the decision to buy, we can provide information on area real estate values, utility costs, taxes, and any possible neighborhood zoning changes that may be of future concern.
3. Helping you with pre-approval for financing – We can provide you with all the information needed to present to a mortgage counselor to help you get “pre-approved” for a mortgage loan. This can help you negotiate the final price faster and with less stress.
4. Helping you get the home inspected by providing a list of qualified inspectors and, if you wish, help coordinate the appointments.
5. Helping you close the sale – When you decide this is the home you want, we can work as a liaison between you and the seller to negotiate offers and counter offers until an agreeable price is reached. We will also explain what happens at the mortgage closing if you are not familiar with the process.
Here’s what you should do before you buy…
1. Make a list of the amenities you want in your next home – Number of bedrooms? Fireplace? Appliances? Formal dining room? Basement? Size of Garage? School preference? Pricing? Etc.
2. Research the available homes by checking over our listings and those you will find in the Multi Listing Service (MSL). We can show you the properties that most closely match your list of priorities.
3. Pretend you are the seller when you tour each home. Why did the seller buy the home? Why is it being sold? How many improvements have been made and how many need to be made if you purchase the home.
4. Get a home inspection – Leave the final analysis of the condition of the home to professional inspectors. It will be money well spent.
5. Compare mortgage rates – In today’s market, there is a countless number of mortgage companies competing for your business. Check local financial sources and compare them with those you will find on the internet. It is always better if you can become “pre-approved” before negotiating the final price.
6. Consider a Home Protection Plan – Such a plan will help protect you as the buyer and the former owner of the home from expenses due to the need to repair and replace an unpredictable breakdown of the home’s heating and cooling systems, water systems or appliances. The warranty is usually good for one year after the date of the closing.