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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Home Buying Process: Part 2

Here’s what you need to do during the next phase of the home buying process: look for homes and begin contract negotiations.

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There are many parts to the home buying process, and today we’re exploring the steps you need to take from the time you start looking for homes to when negotiations begin. 

Once you hop in the car and start looking at homes, you need to keep track of every home that you visit and take note of which ones fulfill your needs, which ones fulfill your wants, and which have features that disqualify them from consideration. You also need to keep track of the different neighborhoods you visit. Visit them at different times of the day to see which ones are the right fit for you

After you narrow your list down to perhaps a couple different homes and neighborhoods, you need to get down to the nitty-gritty details of each. Your Realtor will help you acquire any important homeowner documents, disclosures, and surveys.

At the end of the day, the house has to be perfect for you.

On our team, we also provide our buyers with a Housefax report, which is the same thing as a Carfax report, except for houses. We belong to a service that produces these documents, and they help with understanding the comprehensive history of the house.

Your Realtor will also pull reports on crime statistics, local school ratings, and other things relating to the quality of the neighborhood your prospective home is located in. That way everyone is in agreement on what offer number to present to the seller.

After that, it’s time to make the offer. Included in this offer are contingencies. Contingencies are basically safety valves we write into the contract. There are three contingencies we typically include: financing contingencies, appraisal contingencies, and inspection contingencies. These protect you and allow you to get out of the deal if you don’t feel comfortable with it.

Stay tuned for the last part of our home buying series, where we’ll explore what happens from contract to close. In the meantime, if you have any questions or are looking to buy or sell, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help!