There are many factors to take into consideration when you enter into the process of buying a home. Whether this is your first home purchase or its been a while since the last time you were in the market, the following steps can greatly reduce the stress involved.
Step 1: Are you Ready?
The first step is asking yourself why you want to buy. Do you need a larger home? Are you ready to buy instead of rent? Are you planning to move to a new community due to a lifestyle change? What would you like, in terms of real estate, that you do not have now? Do you have a purchasing time frame? No matter what your answers to these questions are, proper planning will allow you to better assess your goals.
Step 2: Get a Realtor
The buying and selling of a property is a complex process that can be fraught with legal pitfalls. It is important to have experienced, competent representation. Every real estate transaction is a unique maze of forms, inspections, marketing, negotiations, financing, and pricing, so it makes sense to work with professionals who know the community and the ins and outs of the process. Your local Realtor provides that service to you. Buyers and sellers should chose a Realtor that they feel best understands their goals and the area in which they intend to purchase or sell. Once a Realtor has been chosen, they will provide you with information regarding current market conditions, financing options, and negotiating issues that might apply to a given situation. During your time in the marketplace, your Realtor will be with you every step of the way.
Step 3: Get Loan Pre Approval
It is extremely important to get your loan process started well before you begin bidding on properties. The majority of people qualify for a loan, but you need to make sure that you can obtain the loan that fits your needs and financial situation. There are costs associated getting a loan, and they vary from lender to lender. By getting your pre‐approval prior to looking at homes, you can accurately assess your monthly expenses and determine your price range. With your price range in mind, your Realtor can start the search for your new property with everyone on the same page.
Step 4: Looking at Homes
The housing market is complicated because the stock of homes is always changing. Each of us has different tastes and preferences, and so it is important to make a list of your wants and needs and share that with your Realtor. When making your list, you should prioritize the items listed and consider how your lifestyles could change over the course of the time you plan to be in this property. This information will allow your Realtor to keep you updated when properties that meet your criteria come onto the market. Many buyers like to start looking at properties online, and this can help you get an idea of what is out there in your price range and allow you to give your Realtor an idea of what you like.
Step 5: Choose a Home
Once you have had a chance to view several properties, you may have narrowed the list down to your favorites. When deciding about which home to purchase, think about several things. Does it meet the original criteria that you set for yourself? Will it allow you to grow and change as your lifestyle may over the course of the time you own the property? Can your afford it (taking into account utilities, mortgage payment, taxes, association dues, etc)? Discuss these with your Realtor in order to get further clarification and accurate numbers.
Step 6: Make an Offer
Many times buyers think that this is just about price, but an offer to purchase also includes terms. Terms can represent thousands of dollars in additional costs for the buyers or sellers. It is important to review and carefully understand all of the terms of the Purchase and Sale Contract, and your Realtor can answer any questions you may have. Your Realtor will also provide information on the recent sales that will help you determine the market value of the property you are offering to purchase. Your Realtor will also help you navigate the
negotiation process. Counter-‐offers are common in the real estate market, and it could take a few rounds of negotiation to come to terms.
Step 7: Inspections, Appraisals, and Insurance
Once terms have been agreed upon, a copy of the fully signed contract will be sent to the lender you chose. They will then get your appraisal scheduled. An appraisal is an assessment of value done by a certified third-‐party appraiser that the lender hires and schedules. You will be scheduling your home inspection at this time and then reviewing the contents of that report to deem them satisfactory to you and the terms laid out in the contract for purchase. Once those 2 items have been completed, you will need to obtain homeowners insurance. Homeowner’s insurance provides fire, theft and liability coverage. Homeowners’ policies are required by lenders and often cover a surprising number of items, including in some cases such property as wedding rings, furniture and home office equipment. Be sure to ask about deductibles, limitations, and costs.
Step 8: Close the Loan
Settlement is a brief process where all forms needed to finalize the transaction are signed. This is when title is transferred from seller to buyer and the buyer is officially allowed to take possession of the property. Deeds, loan papers, and other documents are prepared, signed, and filed with the local property record offices. Many of the documents that you receive at closing are extremely important, and you may need them to establish tax discounts or ownership should you chose to sell in the future, so hold on to them. Well you have looked at homes, chosen a property, made an offer, and closed the loan. All you have to do now is move in. Congratulations!
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