Everyone has a friend in real estate. But is it a good idea to pick your agent based solely on a friendship? I’d say NO! You need an agent that specializes in the area and home type you want. It’s a huge purchase and they’ll be guiding you through the process so they really need  [ read more ]

You’ve decided the time is right to buy a home. Great, that’s an exciting first step…but now what? It can be a little intimidating and nerve-wracking to try to figure out where to start the process. So many things to think about, so many questions. Assuming you know the general area where you want to  [ read more ]

You’ve decided to buy a home. Time to go see some homes now, right? Not so fast! Before you start shopping for a home you really want to have a loan pre-approval in plan. Why look for a home if you aren’t sure how you will pay for it? This loan pre-approval step is one  [ read more ]

You found a house you love and you want it! So you have your agent call the listing agent and see what’s happening with the house only to find out they have 3 offers already and they’re going to market the home through the weekend and make a decision on Monday. What a downer! This  [ read more ]

Inspections are critical. In this tight seller’s market some buyers are waiving their inspections but as I mentioned earlier I think that is a bad move. In most competitive situations right now my clients are largely giving up their right to object to minor items, but they are still making sure they have an inspection  [ read more ]

You did it, you beat the competition and got the home you love under contract. Now what happens? Actually quite a bit, so let’s go over it. The contact you just signed obligates you and the seller to do a lot of things in a short period of time. Your agent can help you keep  [ read more ]

You have the right agent in your corner and the loan pre-approval you are ready to buy a home. Now all we need is the home, so how do we find it? This is the biggest challenge in the whole process in our current “seller’s market” where home inventory is low. First of all, I  [ read more ]

Pop the champagne, you made it! You’re ready to close on your home and sadly many buyers won’t make it this far in the process in this market. With low inventory and still tight lending standards many buyers have turned back and decided to rent instead. So glad you’ve made it this far! So what  [ read more ]

Now that your past inspections on your home purchase it’s now time to order the appraisal. The buyer’s lender orders the appraisal so the appraiser is not directed by the buyer or the seller. Appraisals have been taking a while and they are a very common source of delays on closings so you want to  [ read more ]

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