Preparing to buy a home can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. Luckily, Bray Real Estate is ready to lead you in the right direction toward the home of your dreams. You first may want to ask yourself:
You may want to make a list or brainstorm about the features and amenities that you find most appealing in a new home. back to top
When choosing a Realtor, do not be afraid to meet with many different agents. They are, after all, competing for your business. This competition is what makes the real estate industry successful.Feel free to ask them the following questions:
Once you have chosen an agent, it is important to establish specific goals that you would like to meet. Communication with your agent is key! back to top
It is important as a buyer that you establish some kind of financing before you make any serious home offer. The "pre-approval" process allows lenders to take a look at your finances and credit history in order to make a general assumption about your loan amount.
The pre-approval process is when a lender looks at all of your finances and determines the amount of money you could afford for a mortgage.
In order to get pre-approved for a loan, you need to contact a lender. Your agent can help you help you find a lender that you feel comfortable with, and that offers programs best-suited to your needs. back to top
Now it is time to start the exciting search for homes!
You may want to narrow down your search by asking yourself the following questions:
Searching for a home is becoming easier than years ago. We now have the Internet as a powerful "home finding tool," as well as the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and print advertising. back to top
Beginning the search for your new home can be a great feeling. It is important that you directly communicate with your real estate agent about the desires you have for your new home.
You may want to first begin by making a list of the features and benefits that are most important in your pursuit of finding a home.
These could be:
Looking for a home in an area where you feel comfortable is key. If appropriate, instruct your real estate agent to look for homes in the specific areas you have designated. back to top
Selecting a home should be relatively easy once a home falls somewhere in your criteria and the property is desirable for purchase.
You will want to inform your real estate agent what you like about the house and make a list of your likes and dislikes with the property. Though you will most likely have done this already in a general sense, it is important to do it again for specific homes you have in interest in.
In the negotiation process you may accept the seller's asking price and have your agent write up the contract or reject the seller's asking price and have your agent make a different offer. back to top
Doing your homework about loans will save you time and money. There are thousands of loans out there to choose from, but it is important to keep in mind several key factors that will help you along the way:
Receiving a loan requires completion of a loan application and specific financial documents including pay stubs, rental checks and/or tax returns. You can receive a loan from a number of different financial institutions, namely: commercial banks, credit unions, mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, savings and loan associations, mutual savings banks and insurance companies. back to top
Insuring your home is like making an investment in your future. You work hard to have a home; homeowners insurance protects you and your family from someone or something taking it all away.
There are many different forms of insurance:
Title Insurance - Protects you in the event that the title on your property has a lien, unpaid taxes, or other legalities that would make it invalid.
Homeowners' Insurance - Protects your home from fire, theft and other liable coverage.
Flood Insurance - Protects your home from flood damage.
Home Warranty - Offers buyers and sellers the peace of mind that should anything unexpected happen (due to normal, every day wear and tear) of the home's appliances, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems, it will be repaired (or replaced in some cases) for you without costly fees. back to top
The closing process is always changing. It is even referred to as "settlement" or "escrow" in different parts of the country. With increased technology, most closings are completely automated and both parties do not have to be present at the same time to sign.
Closings usually occurs about 30 days after a contract is signed by both parties. This mainly depends on the buyer's financing availability, successful home inspection completion, and various lender conditions (ex. title search, title insurance, termite inspections, surveys and appraisals).
The closing process is the transfer of the title of the property from the buyer to the seller. The buyer will receive the keys to the home or the deed to the land, while the seller receives payment for the property. The amount the seller receives is based upon the amount that is still owed on the mortgage, any outstanding fees or taxes, and any additional closing costs.
All legal papers are filed with the local record office.
Prior to closing, it is important as the seller to take a final walk through the property to make sure the property's condition as not changed. It is equally important for both the buyer and seller to make sure the paperwork they are signing reflects the agreement of the original sale. back to top
You have unpacked your boxes, arranged your furniture, and feel complete with your moving task.
There is always an adjustment period when you move. It is important to understand that what you, your spouse and/or children may be feeling is completely normal.
Here is a list of a few things that may help: