Buying a Home

How can a Real Estate Agent assist you in buying the right home?

  • I provide client-focused services and will work for you as a buyer's agent to help negotiate the best price and terms for you.  If it's my listing, I'll be a liaison between you and the seller to present offers and counter offers until an agreement is reached.
  • I will help you work out a realistic idea of the home best suited for your needs - size, style, features, location, and other personal preferences.
  • I have access to a listing of all available home in the multiple listing service, can evaluate them in terms of your needs and will not waste your time showing you unsuitable homes.
  • I will help you determine how much home you can actually afford, including introducing you to a mortgage lender to help you get pre-approved.  This will improve your negotiating position and enable you to achieve your home-buying goals faster and with less stress.
  • I can often suggest simple, imaginative changes that could make a home more suitable for you and improve its utility and value.
  • I can supply information on real estate values and taxes for homes that you are interested in.
  • I can explain in detail the closing process and will review the closing statements with you in advance of your closing.
  • I can provide you with a list of qualified home inspectors, pest inspectors, and other vendors and will help to coordinate inspection appointments.

Top 8 Tips to Successful Home Buying

  1. Research is the Key!  When you find a home that you want to see, let me know and I'll get us scheduled.
  2. Get Pre-Approved.  Loan pre-approval helps you determine the home price you're most comfortable with and presents you as a genuine prospect to the seller.
  3. Location. Location. Location.  Deciding what area you want to live in is an important step in narrowing down what homes you want to see.
  4. List Your Top 10 Amenities.  List the features (fireplace, fenced yard, new appliances, etc.) that are most important to you.  Establishing your criteria early will save you valuable time in the home shopping process.
  5. Work with Your Loan Officer.  Deciding whether to get a fixed or an adjustable rate mortgage, how long of a mortgage term to do, and other details of your mortgage should be discussed with your mortgage loan officer so that all of your questions are answered.
  6. Sign a Contract that Protects You.  I will make sure that any offer we present on your behalf will allow you to inspect the home and negotiate any problems that are uncovered. 
  7. Get a Quality Home Inspection.  Paying for a home inspection before you buy is all about peace of mind.  It's absolutely essential for anyone who doesn't want to spend thousands of dollars for repairs.
  8. Consider a Home Protection Plan.  A home service contract usually lasts for one year and is renewable.  It protects homeowners against the cost of unexpected repairs or replacement of major systems and appliances that break due to normal wear and tear.  I can help you negotiate this within our offer on your chosen property.