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Determine what you can afford.
Visit or call your mortgage lender to determine what you
can realistically afford. Get pre-qualified, or better yet,
complete a credit application and get pre-approved. With
a pre-approval certificate in hand, your negotiating power
with the seller increases.
Compare various communities/neighborhoods.
Visit different communities that may fit your needs. Look
for above average school systems, convenience to shopping,
highway access and public transportation. An above average
school system is most important, whether or not you have
school-age children. It will usually help home values over
Look at homes-for-sale in your favorite
We will show you all the properties available in the areas
chosen. As a general rule, it’s better to buy a home
that isn’t the most expensive in the neighborhood.
Then, over time, the more expensive homes have a positive
influence regarding the appreciation of yours.
Keep an open mind.
There’s rarely a perfect home available. Don’t
lock-in to your perfect home in such a way that you miss
out on a great buying opportunity. Make two lists, one for
“must have” features and the other for “nice
to have” features. Be willing to compromise on the
“nice to have” list.
Evaluate previous neighborhood sales.
We will review “closed sales” of homes similar
to the one you are interested in. Our evaluation will include
differences in features, location, age and square footage.
This step is critical as it minimizes emotion-based decisions
and keeps you from overpaying for your dream home.
Utilize our negotiating expertise.
Factors other than price determine the strength of an offer.
Two factors that will greatly improve your negotiating position
Earnest money, personal property you want to include and the
closing date will be negotiated according to what’s best
for you — our client.
- A pre-qualification, or better yet, pre-approval mortgage
- Making your offer non-contingent on the sale of your
current home (we can refer lenders who arrange interim
Don’t overlook home inspections.
Always be willing to engage the services of a professional
home inspector. You may uncover potentially serious problems
that need to be worked out with the seller prior to closing.
Also consider radon, termite, Dryvit and structural inspections,
if applicable. We will give you a list of licensed inspectors
to choose from.
We will be there with you at closing.
Most closings go smoothly. Sometimes though, there are issues
to be resolved like missing personal property or damage
done by movers and discovered during the final walk-through.
In situations like this, we’ll suggest fair resolutions
and work with your attorney to make sure you’re satisfied
with the outcome that’s negotiated.
Our service continues beyond the
Whether you’re looking to find a doctor, dentist, handyman,
day care center or auto mechanic - use us as a resource.
We’re never more than a phone call away and we enjoy
helping clients get to know the lay of the land. Our goal
is to be known not only as your Realtor but also as your
Make sure your consider steps 1
through 10 — “Make a Wise Move!”