From developing your budget to signing your name on the dotted line, learn more about the home buying process.
Buying a home can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. This can be true whether you’ve purchased several homes or you’re preparing to buy for the first time. With the right support system and the help of a trusted RE/MAX® professional, you can make the most informed decisions.
My guide breaks down the steps of buying a home so you can start the process feeling confident and prepared. From developing your budget to signing your name on the dotted line, you’ll find helpful tips right here. Plus, I am here to help every step of the way.
Define Your Goals
Before you start looking, consider why you want to buy a home. Are you tired of renting? Do you want to buy an investment property? Figuring out why you want to purchase a home will help you make important decisions down the road. Considering what you want and need out of your home will help you narrow down your home search as well. What neighborhood do you want to live in? How many bedrooms do you need? Knowing your preferences can help with filtering out homes that don’t fit your criteria.
Pick a RE/MAX Agent
Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you may ever make. Whether you’re buying your first home, relocating or just moving down the street — you want a trusted professional by your side. Working with a qualified RE/MAX agent can make this process easier, helping guide you through the home search, purchase agreements, inspections, closing matters and more. Having an agent who has your best interests at heart can ease some of your stress and can help make it go as smoothly as possible.
Determine Your Financial Standing
Knowing your budget up front helps you focus your search and can save you both time and stress. Talking to a mortgage professional can help you to determine your buying power. They can help you to find out how much you can afford, how much you should put towards a down payment, and can walk you through loan options and other costs or fees associated with purchasing a home. Consider asking your agent for a referral; they understand your needs and can help find a professional for your situation.
Make an Offer
Once you find a home you’re interested in, your agent can help negotiate a fair offer based on comparable homes in the area. If your offer is accepted, you’ll make a down payment and be officially under contract. During the due-diligence period between signing the purchase agreement and closing on your home, your agent can help you understand the conditions, provisions, and obligations of your contract. They can also help guide you through the appraisal and inspection processes.
Close on Your Home
This is the final step of your home buying journey. Closing is the official transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer. At closing, you will sign your mortgage paperwork to solidify your purchase. From there, you officially become a homeowner and will be handed the keys to your new home so you can begin making memories.
The Tools to Help You Find Your Home
Once you’ve defined your home search goals, discussed them with your RE/MAX agent, and have spoken with a mortgage professional to see what your buying power is — you’re ready to find your dream home! In addition to my local knowledge as a real estate agent, I offer online tools that can help make your initial search as easy as possible.
Find a Home Using My Interactive Map Search
I know that location plays an important role in the home buying process. Use the map search available on my website to view homes located in or near the area you love.
Get to Know the Neighborhood
Feel confident and informed about your neighborhood choice! On any listing page, you can learn more about the communities you are interested in, including a breakdown of the local population, school ratings and more.
Create an Account on My Website
Sign up for an account on my website to save searches, favorite homes you love, receive real time property alerts, and more!
Download My RE/MAX Mobile App
Available for iOS and Android devices, my app brings the same experience found on my website to your smartphone or tablet. Save searches, favorite listings and schedule showings — all while on the go!
Learn about the escrow process.
Here is a general over-view of the buyer-side escrow procedure/process. What happens after buyers get their offer accepted? Lots to do! Get earnest money to the title company. Schedule and attend the property inspection. Get financial documentation to the lender. Schedule movers!!
Rent to Own Program
I am a certified rent-to-own agent with Home Partners of America. We are committed to making homeownership a reality for more people. The program provides a clear path to homeownership. The process is easy, transparent, and built on a foundation of choice and flexibility. With Home Partners, we are helping more people get into great homes, in neighborhoods they love, with the opportunity to build a more secure financial future.
Many people want the benefits of living in a single family home. However, whether they're a first-time homebuyer, cautious about making such a large financial investment, someone who has recently relocated and is unsure of which neighborhood to live in, or someone who is creditworthy but cannot currently obtain a mortgage, they hope to one day buy a home but aren't ready now.
Home Partners provides the opportunity for people to move into a great home and community today that otherwise may not be available in the rental market. They work to get potential homeowners on A New Path to Homeownership®– by purchasing the home of their choice and delivering an attractive lease structure with the right to purchase the home in the future.
Qualified prospective residents work with me to select the right home. They can choose from a wide variety of properties in communities that Home Partners serves that fit their budget and meet Home Partners’ investment criteria.
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