Buying a home usually represents your single biggest investment. 

The home buying process is one of the most exciting, and sometimes stressful, experiences you’ll ever go through. This holds true whether you’ve bought many homes or you’re looking to buy your first, whether you’re in the market for a new primary residence, an investment property or that perfect 
vacation getaway. Today’s real estate market can offer more opportunities, yet
 can be filled with more risks, without the advice of a good Realtor. There are a many  factors to consider and decisions to make. When buying, it’s crucial to have all the available resources necessary to make a well-informed decision, together with the time required to make use of them. It’s important to enlist the help of a trusted real estate professional who’ll be able to provide expert guidance at each step of the buying process. Finding and purchasing a home includes the following steps, which we’ll examine in more detail throughout this booklet:

1.) Define your goals, research your options, make your plans

Given that buying a home is such a big step, it’s very important to educate and prepare yourself as much as possible. This means clearly determining the reasons you’re buying and what kind of home you’re looking for. Since buying and financing a home are so closely related, it also means examining your current financial situation and projecting how much you can afford. Once you’ve answered these questions, even tentatively, you’ll be in a better position to research housing and mortgage options, and create an action plan and timelines for moving forward. Although it is possible to do this yourself, you may benefit by consulting an experienced  professional Realtor right from the start.

2.) Contact a professional Realtor!

Buying real estate is a complex matter with many factors to consider since no two homes or transactions are alike. Moreover, with all the unique opportunities like should you invest in a single family home or an attached home, it’s important to have a professional Realtor to explain your options in detail. When choosing a real estate professional to guide you through the property search, financing, negotiation and transaction processes, you should consider their local market knowledge, experience, and track record.

3.) Get pre-approved for a loan

We recommend that you get pre-approved for a loan before you start viewing homes with the serious intention of buying. The pre-approval process involves to an on-line application  with a lender and authorizing them to examine your current financial situation and credit history. On the basis of this examination, the lender may provide you with a document detailing the amount you can borrow to buy a home. Consider asking your Realtor for the best recommendations. We are very familiar with good lenders that provide great service to our clients. Your local bank is really not in the mortgage business.  Credit union have very competitive pricing and can also be an option.

The benefits of pre-approval include:

You’ll know what you are eligible to receive and be able to plan accordingly
. As a qualified, motivated buyer you’ll be taken more seriously when you make an offer.  Lenders can tell you if you qualify for special programs that will help you afford a better home (particularly if you’re a first-time buyer). Real estate financing is available from many sources, and an experienced professional Realtor will be able to suggest lenders with a history of offering excellent mortgage products and services. 
For more information about the benefits of pre-approval and the loan process in general speak to your professional Realtor or loan officer.

4. View homes with a Professional Realtor

Simply put, the key to the home search process is knowing what you’re looking for with-in your budget of spending.  That means distinguishing between “must-haves” and “likes-to-haves”. That said, here are a few recent facts about the search process that might put your experience in perspective: 92% of buyers use the internet or mobile apps to search for homes. 
The typical buyer searches for 12 weeks and views 12 homes, 2
97% of buyers view their Realtor as important in the home search process.  Hire a Professional Realtor with many years experience they can solve most all issues if you encounter one. There are many benefits to starting the search process with a real estate website like this one!  You can view many homes and their details, take video tours and access neighborhood info. However, it’s also important to view homes in person. While the property details may seem similar online, homes can be very different in terms of layout, design, workmanship and other aspects. Ideally, you should view homes with the help of an experienced professional who’ll notice things you might miss, provide expert analysis, and act as an impartial sounding board.

5.) Make an offer and use a Professional Realtor

Once you’ve found the home you’d like to buy, it’s time to make an offer. Your  Realtor will go over all the terms in the Purchase and Sale agreement. You should carefully review these clauses with your Professional Realtor to be sure that they accurately express your intended offer. In addition to drawing up the contract, your Realtor will be happy to address all of your questions about the offer process.* Once you’ve written the offer, your real estate professional will present it to the seller and/or the seller’s representative. Generally speaking, the seller can accept your offer, reject it, or counter it to initiate the negotiation process. Successive counter-offers, with deadlines for responding and meeting conditions, may be exchanged between you and the seller until a mutual pending agreement is reached or the negotiations breakdown. Negotiations involve many factors specifically relating to different market conditions, homes and sellers. At that point, the process will vary somewhat depending on the market you’re in.  Here in Ga when we have an agreed upon terms between buyer and seller you can than proceed to have your home inspection done.  Your Professional experience Realtor will guide you along the way.

6.) Secure your financing

Once you have a pending agreement, it’s time to return to your chosen lender to finalize mortgage details in order to close the deal. This means finalizing your down payment, interest rate, regular payment schedule and all other financial conditions associated with the closing. As the saying goes, ‘let the buyer beware’. Unfortunately, too many buyers suffer negative consequences from not fully understanding their financing decisions. Thus, it’s crucial for you to work with people you trust. In this regard, a good professional Realtor can become a true friend for life. For more information on the loan process, see – The Loan Process – Financing Your Home Purchase or contact Isabel Elsesser your professional Realtor and she will guide you through and go to closing.  Taking ownership should be a positive joy with no surprises. Key steps to the closing, also referred to as the “escrow” or “settlement”, include: Getting a title search – you will need a historical review of all legal documents relating to ownership of the property – to ensure that there are no claims against the title of the property. It’s also necessary to purchase Title Insurance for protection in the event of errors in the records or mistakes in the review process. At your final walk-through – you will be given the chance to look at the home one last time to make sure it’s in the same condition as when you signed the sale agreement. The settlement – typically, on the Closing Date you’ll meet with a lawyer, all parties come together at the closing table to verify and sign all the paperwork required to complete the transaction. The settlement will include paying your closing costs, legal fees, property adjustments and transfer taxes. At that point, you’ll receive the property title and copies of all documentation pertaining to the purchase. Oh, and one more thing – you’ll get the keys!   Move in anytime you own it now!