Buying or selling a home in Fayetteville?
For a lot of people, purchasing a home is a stressful event. However, with a bit of planning ahead of time, it's not too complex.
So you know exactly what to expect, I like to furnish my buyers with an outline of the whole deal.
These are my nine steps to buying a home.
Step 1 – Get ready to purchase a home
There are several things you should do before you start looking for a home.
You'll most likely want to form a check list of must-have features, get a feel for what school districts you want to live in, and begin working on your budget.
A good rule to adhere to is that your mortgage payment should be less than or close to 30 percent of your monthly income.
Step 2 – Talk to a real estate agent
This is where Alotta Properties, Inc comes in.
I'd be happy to schedule a time to get together with you and communicate with you regarding your real estate needs and get an idea of your upcoming plans.
We'll talk about everything from neighborhoods, school districts in the Fayetteville area, the mortgage and housing industries, to any other economic factors that may affect your buying decision today or in the future.
In addition, I'll help you begin the loan process.
There are some very good mortgage professionals in Fayetteville, and I partner with a lot of them, so you can rest assured that you're in great hands.
They will assist you with deciding which type of loan is best for you and help you get approved.
Step 3 – Start house hunting
After our first meeting, I'll start finding houses on the market that are a good fit for you.
I'll research most of the houses and ignore the duds, and then we'll set up appointments to tour the houses when it's convenient for you.
When we tour the houses, I'll call attention to positive features, as well as bad ones. I'll also ask you to talk about things you like and don't like.
Generally, buyers update their wish list as we view homes and some features become more important than others.
If that's the case, I'll search all the listings once more and trim it down to the home you've been dreaming about.
Step 4 – Get a feel for the market
An agent's awareness of the Fayetteville market is a leading agent in your home search. And I assure you I'm mindful of all the neighborhoods and schools, and I can alert you to which areas are "hot" and require immediate action and the rest that are "cool" and allow for cautiousness.
When we tour houses, I'll make sure to communicate when the seller's asking price has room for bargaining and when I think the house is "priced to sell."
Every real estate agent will claim to truly understand the market, but trust your instincts, and make sure you ask your agent lots of questions.
If it appears they don't know everything, contact me at 9102613559 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'd be glad to answer any questions you have. My understanding of the market will keep you a step ahead throughout the entire process.
Step 5 – Find the house of your dreams
I'm positive we'll find your dream home in the Fayetteville area. When that happens, I'll carefully create your real estate purchase offer. The offer will be tailored with your needs in mind, including many contingencies, such as acquiring financing, carrying out the inspection, and a clear title.
Upon turning in your purchase offer, you'll likely need to submit "earnest money." This is a cash deposit made to a home seller to secure the offer to purchase the property and is often applied to the closing costs. If the offer is accepted, we should close on the property within 30 to 60 days afterward. This allows ample time for your mortgage financing.
Step 6 – Negotiate
Most deals aren't closed on the beginning offer. It's very common to receive a counter offer. But don't let this discourage you. We'll figure out whether or not to consent to the counter offer, present our own counter offer, or reject the seller's offer and go on.
The state of the market will play a big part in how aggressively we negotiate the deal.
We'll also work within your financing budget. And at the end of the day, we'll compose a deal that's best for you.
Step 7 – Get financing
Upon completion of the contract, you'll begin working with your lender to close the loan.
If you're already pre-approved, this won't take very long at all. But you should to keep in close contact with your mortgage lender.
And I'll take care of all the property information your lender will need to close the loan.>
You'll get a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) detailing closing costs from your lender within three days of accepting your application.
This estimate is based on the loan amount. RESPA requirements dictate that it has to contain all closing costs and be within a narrow range of accuracy, and I'll go over the estimate and let you know if it all looks good.
Then we'll close on your home. This will most likely occur at a title company or escrow office and should be a smooth and relaxed event.
Step 9 – Move in
You made it! It's time to move into your new house. Enjoy it. And if you need anything, just call me at 9102613559 or send me an e-mail.