Home Buying 101

Home Buying 101
 
Finding a home can be ONE of the most stressful yet rewarding experiences in your life. Realty ONE Group professionals understand that and work extremely hard to make the process as simple and exciting as possible. 

They'll provide you with the latest tech, tools, and data to make sure no homes fall through the cracks and that you'll have all the info you'll need to make a strategic decision! The moment you find your home is as special to us as it is to you! 

Step 1: Check Your Credit Report & Score.

The higher the score, the better loan you’ll qualify for. But don’t worry, there are mortgages available for almost every credit level.

Step 2: Visit a Loan Officer and Get pre-approved.

To prequalify for a mortgage, you’ll need to provide your lender with pay stubs for two months, savings information, and your last two tax returns. To discuss your lending options, click here to connect with our preferred lending partner.

Step 3: Find the right Real Estate Professional.

Find your real estate professional with the experience and knowledge to get you through this exciting process.

Step 4: Identify the Neighborhoods.

There’s so much information about communities and neighborhoods online today. You can read reviews on schools, get walkability scores, and tour local coffee houses so you can know the area before you buy. 

Step 5: Search for the Right Home.

You’ll see a lot of houses and it can be very overwhelming. Make a list of your ‘must-haves’ versus those things that would be nice to have. This will help you and your agent zero-in on the right homes.

Step 6: Make an Offer on your favorite Home.

An experienced real estate professional will know the market in your area and be able to confidently guide you on the right amount to offer a seller once you’ve found a house. 

Step 7: Counter or Accept the Offer.

Be ready as you may be presented with a counteroffer. Again, you’ll want to work with your real estate professional to accept the counter or negotiate further. 

Step 8: Congratulations! You are in Escrow!

Once the offer is accepted, you’ll be in escrow. Escrow opens when a signed agreement is delivered to an escrow officer, who helps to ensure that all conditions of the contract are satisfied.

Step 9: Complete all necessary inspections.

This is a crucial step. You’ll want to know about any pre-existing conditions of the house and the cost to fix them. Keep in mind, that a good inspector will list everything that may be of concern. Again, it’s up to you and your agent to determine what is reasonable for the seller to fix. 

Step 10: Clear all necessary contingencies.

Make sure all closing costs and inspections are complete. You’re almost there!

Step 11: Head to the Closing Table

Your real estate professional will help you understand the closing process which can be complicated and a little overwhelming. Get your hand ready to sign a lot of paperwork.  

Step 12: Get the keys to your new home.

Congratulations! You’re now ready to begin the next chapter of your life. 

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