Eight Steps to Buying a New Home
Buying a home doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Let me help you by providing the answers to your most common questions. Many of my clients have me help them with questions relating to the home buying process. To assist in this process, we’ve come up with a comprehensive 8 step process that will help you buy your new home.
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Step 1 - Select a Realtor
The term is Agent, Broker and Realtor® are often used interchangeably – BUT have very different meanings. In Colorado a person must be licensed in order to sell Real Estate. Standards set by the State cover the minimal education, examinations and experience needed to become licensed. After receiving a real estate license, the better Agents join their Local and National “Association of Realtors”, the world’s largest professional trade association.
The real estate Agent can be called a Realtor® only after joining the Association and subscribing to a strict “Code of Ethics” (which goes well beyond state law). It is through the Realtor Association that the Agent agrees to collectively share the information on all houses listed for sale. This is done through the MLS or Multiple Listing Service.
Step 3 - Prepare a Wishlist
The one common starting point we have for working with all Buyers is to receive from you a description of the home you would most like to have (within the constraints of your financial capability).
We ask that you prepare and send us your desires for the home which ideally you would like to find. We want you to tell us what you consider important!
Consider many factors including:
price of home; size of home; number of bedrooms and bathrooms; garage size; lot size; commuting time to work place; access to recreational activities; age of home; time until you plan to move in; neighborhood conditions; style of home: contemporary, traditional, ranch, 2-story; length of time you expect to live in this new home; new home versus previously owned home, etc.
If you are interested in park neighborhoods, please check out Platt Park Neighbors and the Platt Park Peoples Association Website
This is an excellent opportunity to get input from all your family.
We will use this as my starting point to help you locate the house which most closely meets your requirements. We will also use this as a basis to make you aware of some features, which may be unique to the Area’s homes and neighborhoods, which you may find desirable.
Step 2 - Get a Loan
The process of buying a home starts with determining your buying power: that is, your cash available plus your borrowing capacity.
This is a vital step in the buying process – often, the difference between having your offer accepted or rejected. It is our policy for each Buyer to obtain a “Pre-Approval” letter from a reputable Mortgage Lender which will be included with any purchase offer you wish to submit on a home. We will assist you in this process.
As a first step, we will ask you a series of questions such as: your available cash reserves, income, current debt, cash to be freed up on the sale of your existing home, employer provided allowances for moving costs, and so on.
In this way, I can provide you with a good estimate of your purchasing power and recommend you to a mortgage lender most suited to help you whether you require: FHA, VA, Jumbo, Conventional, or a first time home buyer program. I will do this for you whether you are Credit Perfect or Credit Challenged!
Step 4 - Visit Properties
Within a few days after receiving your “Wish List”, we will prepare a report for you of all homes that most closely match your “Wish List.” Included in this report will be maps specific to the area where the homes are located.
After getting feedback from you on which homes most appeal to you, we will schedule appointments for us to personally visit the selected homes.
Please keep in mind that in today’s market good homes, well priced in a good location, seldom last more than 2-3 weeks on the market.We will get daily reports on homes matching your criteria as they become available. You will be notified immediately as particular homes meeting your needs come to our attention.