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The Steps To Buying A Home

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It's really hard to know all the details and the steps involved in, if you are not involved in real estate on a daily basis - and most of you probably are not. Based on my many years of helping people buy houses, I distilled the process until seven simple steps. Each situation will have its own purchase items unique purposes, but these seven steps are crucial in most situations.

Funding evidence. It is crucial that you can show a prospective seller that either you have the money to buy a house, or you can obtain a large enough mortgage loan. Otherwise you should not be house hunting. A letter from your bank stating that you have sufficient funds available enough, as a pre-approval letter from a loan institution.

List of requirements. Make a list of all the features you want in a house, including its general location, school district, square images, finished basement, garage, garden, etc. Furthermore, it is very important to list the price range of homes you can afford. Then go around the neighborhood and get an idea of what properties are available. Go down the addresses of all properties for sale.

Work with a realtor. It is best to work with a full-time realtor. This will cost you nothing, by the way. The commission of your real estate agent will be paid by the seller at the closing of the property. You want to find a realtor who has successfully closed a transactions in the past and who specializes in representing buyers. Beware of engaging the services of a person who works in real estate as a hobby, even if it is a family member or friend.

Looking at the houses. Give your wish list to your agent. Based on your preferences, he/she will locate a number of properties that match your list, and send you their addresses. Go online and look. Most ads these days come with pictures, and some even offer virtual tours. Choose the 5 you like best, and then ask your realtor to establish indices for you. Keep in mind that this first round of projections will probably not be the only properties that you tour if the home you want is out of your price range; consider making some modification to a good cheap home.

Make an offer on the property. After some house hunting trips, you will usually find one or two houses you like. If you cannot imagine living there, so that's a good sign that this is a property that you should write an offer. Work with your agent to arrive at a good asking price. Your agent will also have a standard purchase agreement to fill, and you speak the words that you can include in the offer, such as the risks, inspection arrangements, etc. In general, your agents submit your signed offer to the real estate agent of the seller.

Inspection of the property. Once the contract is signed, you return to your lender and submit the final documents for you loan approved. The bank will order an appraisal, survey and title policy - you will not have to worry about that. However, you should schedule an inspection of the property to make sure there are no hidden faults in the house. Your real estate agent can help you find an experienced inspector and plan inspection with the seller. A good real estate agent will inspect with you. It usually takes 2 to 3 hours, but it is definitely worth your time. You learn a lot about your new home when you walk through it with the inspector of the property. You will get the inspection report a few days later. Your real estate agent should discuss with you and can recommend to seek remedies from the seller, if there are mechanical or structural problems.

The closure. The last step in the process of buying a home is closing. Your mortgage servicer or lender will schedule the closing with a title company that manages all the paperwork between you, the seller, your mortgage lender, tax services and real estate agents. The closing is a meeting where all the necessary documents are signed. The Title Company ensures that the property you are buying is free and clear of all liens. Most of the closures take 30-60 minutes, but you can speed up if you read the papers ahead of settlement. The title companies provide you with a copy of the documents in 24 hours before closing.

After all the paperwork has been signed, you will be handed the keys to your new home. That's all! The whole process can be confusing at first, but an experienced real estate agent can guide you and make your first purchase of a home easy.

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