Consider these questions.
Consider what is inspiring you to think about moving. This can include but not limited to job location, upsizing, downsizing, separation, lifestyle priorities, and more.
One of the biggest drivers of moving is being unsatisfied with our current situation. Something just isn’t working anymore and has reached a point of considering something new. What is this for you?
As with most processes, for example: traveling, cooking a new recipe, or looking for a plumber, we often start by learning more about the process before diving in. For traveling, we research places to visit and places to eat. When cooking a new recipe, we review each step and make sure we have all of the ingredients. When looking for a plumber, we look up a few plumbers and their reviews.
The home-buying process should be no different. The average person will purchase up to 3 homes in their lifetime. It’s imperative to get acquainted with the process before diving in. Getting acquainted with the process will make the journey less overwhelming and more straight-forward.
Going back to what I said earlier, the average person will purchase up to 3 homes in their lifetime. Full-time agents are doing this week-in and week-out. The best part is, for you as a buyer, there are no fees to engage with a buyer’s agent! The seller pays their agent a commission fee to market and to sell their home. The commission fee gets split with the buyer's agent for bringing the buyer. It’s an investment and an investment in your team. Connecting with an agent will line up all the pieces and take some of the stress off towards your investment in real estate.
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This often seems to be the step that buyers want to put off until the last minute, but it will set you up for success to do this step at the beginning of the process. Speaking to a lender will:
Many lenders will speak with you and share what kind of loan options they can provide. They can generically pre-qualify you over the phone to give you an idea of where you might qualify. An official pre-approval letter will come after the lender has reviewed your financial documents, credit score, debt to income ratio, work history, etc. This can take up to a few days depending on the complexities of your file. The official pre-approval letter is what will be needed to write an offer on a home.
In the COVID-19 pandemic market, open houses are paused for the foreseeable future. All home showings are by private appointment only accompanied by an agent. Therefore accessing properties is more available for serious ready-to-go buyers and less available for the “looky-loos” or window shoppers.
Getting acquainted with the home-buying process, connecting with an agent, and speaking with a lender are the first steps in entering the real estate market. These initial steps will get your “ducks in a row” and set you up for success in the next phase of the process — touring homes and writing offers.
When you work with me, you are working with a highly responsive agent that will go above and beyond to help you achieve your real estate goals.