Assuming you are ready for the responsibilities of owning a home, the buying process is actually fairly simple. If you are a first time buyer it may help to consider and follow these steps.
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1. Find an agent
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2. Get pre-approved for a loan
There are many options for financing and the best way to get started is to be pre-approved by a lender. Contact us if you're like to be referred.
3. Find properties to visit
Use the MLS search to get started. Make a fairly large list of potentials and have your agent schedule the visits.
4. Rate the properties you visited
Review all of the homes you toured and give each a rating. Once you have spent a few days touring homes it will be possible to compare them and make an educated descision.
5. Make an offer
Discuss with your agent what price you will offer to open negotiations. Make sure your initial offer is reasonable otherwise the seller and his/her agent may not give it much consideration.
6. Get a home inspection
A qualified home inspector will check for leaks, cracks, infestation and many other common problems. This is the time when your agent can ask the seller for repairs in needed.
7. Close escrow
Your agent will help to ensure that all paperwork is completed, financing is in place, and all other necessary steps have been taken in order for your escrow to close on time.
8. Enjoy your new home!
Prepare to enjoy your new surroundings. All utilities should be turned on and any renovations can be done now before you move in.
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