BUYING A HOME
Contact a Real Estate Agent
Get Pre-approved for a Loan
Determine Your Price Range and Area(s) in Which You’re Interested
Decide Which Amenities and Features You Must Have – and Which Ones Would Be Nice but not Necessary
Begin Testing the Market
With Your Agent, Begin Seriously Looking at Homes
Look at homes with a critical eye – does the floor plan work for you? Is the property in good condition? Would it be right for your lifestyle? In short, can you imagine yourself and your family living there?
Take notes at each home you visit. What are your likes and dislikes? Narrow down your choices; revisit homes in which you’re interested. See them at different times of the day.
Make an Offer
At this stage, try not to become emotionally attached to a home. Your offer may not be accepted for any number of reasons. Have backup homes in mind. Be prepared to negotiate through your agent with the sellers.
Once Your Offer Is Accepted
Begin making moving arrangements. Select a mover, obtain change-of-address cards, and inform friends and relatives.
Have the property professionally inspected, and if necessary, request repairs. Obtain homeowner’s insurance.
Contact the local utility companies (phone, water, electricity, etc.).
A few days before closing, stage a walkthrough. Also, you will want to obtain a cashier’s check for the down payment, as well as for any closing costs.
-Carefully read everything before you sign
ENJOY YOUR NEW HOME!
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