Unless you’re paying cash for your home, you’ll need to get a pre-approval letter for ﬁnancing. This will help you determine the price range for your search.
We’ll discuss what you are looking for in a home, review available inventory, and answer any questions about the home-buying process. We’ll also discuss your timeframe and home ownership goals.
We will schedule private viewings to see homes that not only ﬁt your criteria but also have great resale potential. I’ll also send you notiﬁcations every time a new home comes onto the market that ﬁts your criteria.
Once you have found "The One", we will put in an offer. The seller can accept, reject or make a counter offer, based on the price and terms. I will guide you through the negotiation process and if all terms are agreed upon by the buyer and seller, the offer will be signed by both parties. Once this happens, you will be ofﬁcially under contract and the earnest money will be due along with the option fee.
You will have an option period, typically 7 days to conduct an inspection after the offer is signed. If any serious issues are uncovered, you can negotiate seller repairs or credits.
If you are obtaining ﬁnancing, your lender will ask you for a list of ﬁnancial documents necessary for underwriting (
bank statements, tax records, pay stubs, etc).
Once your lender has all of your documents, they will send them to underwriting to review. As part of this process, your lender will order an appraisal on the home. If you are using ﬁnancing, you will have a contingency period to obtain loan approval. When underwriting has issued a clear-to-close, your loan is complete and the ﬁle will be sent to the title company for closing.
Obtain hazard and ﬂood insurance. Turn on utilities.
Before we head to the closing table, we’ll have a ﬁnal walk-through of your future home. This is our chance to make sure the sellers made any repairs agreed to, all appliances and ﬁxtures negotiated were left behind, and that the home is in the same condition as when viewed.
You will wire the closing funds to the title company. At closing, the escrow ofﬁcer will explain each form you need to sign and will review the amounts on the settlement statement. Closings typically take about an hour. When closing is complete, you’ll receive the keys to your new home!