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PRE-QUALIFICATION

Meet with a mortgage broker and find out how much you can afford to pay for a home.
 

PRE-APPROVAL

While knowing how much you can afford is the first step, sellers will be much more receptive to potential buyers who have been pre-approved. You’ll also avoid being disappointed when going after homes that are out of your price range. With Pre-Approval, the buyer actually applies for a mortgage and receives a commitment in writing from a lender. This way, assuming the home you’re interested in is at or under the amount you are pre-qualified for, the seller knows immediately that you are a serious buyer for that property. Costs for pre-approval are generally nominal and lenders will usually permit you to pay them when you close your loan.

MUST HAVES AND WISHES

Make 2 lists. The first should include items you must have (i.e., the number of bedrooms you need for the size of your family, a one-story house if accessibility is a factor, etc.). The second list is your wishes, things you would like to have (pool, den, etc.) but that are not absolutely necessary.  You probably will not get everything
on your wish list, but it will keep you on track for what you are looking for.

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

Consider hiring your own real estate agent, one who is working for you, the buyer, not the seller.
 

MAXIMIZE YOUR SHOWING

In a convenient location, keep handy the items that will assist you in maximizing your home

Tape Measure, brochures, notepad and pen

MAKE IT PERSONAL

Visualize the home as if it had all of your stuff in it!
Are the rooms laid out to fit your needs? Is there enough light?
 

DON'T FALL IN LOVE ON THE FIRST DATE
Does this home really meet your needs? 
There are many houses on the market, so don’t make a hurried decision that you may regret later.

DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS

A few extra dollars well spent now may save you big expenses in the long run.  Don't forget to:

Include inspection & mortgage contingencies in your written offer.

Have the property inspected by a professional inspector.

Request a second walk-through to take place within 24 hours of closing.

You want to check to see that no changes have been made that were not agreed on (i.e., a nice chandelier that you assumed came with the sale having been replaced by a cheap ceiling light).
 

All the above may seem rather overwhelming. That is why having a professional represent you and keep track of all the details for you is highly recommended. Please email me or call me directly to discuss any of these matters in further detail.

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