From developing your budget to signing your name on the dotted line, learn more about the home buying process.
Buying a home is one of the most exciting experiences of your life. This is true whether you’ve purchased several homes or you’re preparing to buy for the first time. With the right support system and help from me, you'll make the most informed decisions.
This quick guide breaks down the steps of buying a home so you can start the process feeling confident and prepared. From developing your budget to signing your name on the dotted line, you’ll find helpful tips right here. Plus, I am here to help every step of the way.
Define Your Goals
Before you start looking, consider why you want to buy a home. Are you tired of renting? Do you want to buy an investment property? Figuring out why you want to purchase a home helps you make important decisions down the road. Considering what you want and need out of your home will help you narrow down your home search as well. What neighborhood do you want to live in? How many bedrooms do you need? Knowing your preferences can help with filtering out homes that don’t fit your criteria.
Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you'll ever make. Whether you’re buying your first home, relocating or just moving down the street — you want a trusted professional by your side. Working with me will make this process easier, helping guide you through the home search, purchase agreements, inspections, closing matters and more. I have your best interests at heart, so don't worry, we'll make it go as smoothly as possible.
Determine Your Financial Standing
Knowing your budget up front helps you focus your search and can save you both time and stress. I'll give you several names of wonderful mortgage brokers for you to contact. They'll help you to find out how much you can afford, how much you should put towards a down payment, and will walk you through loan options and other costs or fees associated with purchasing a home. I've used a couple of these lenders myself, personally, so I vouch for them.
Make an Offer
Once we find a home you’re interested in, I'll help negotiate a fair offer based on comparable homes in the area. If your offer is accepted, you’ll make a down payment and be officially under contract. During the due-diligence period between signing the purchase agreement and closing on your home, I'll help you understand the conditions, provisions, and obligations of your contract. I'll also help guide you through the appraisal and inspection processes.
This is the final step of your home buying journey. Closing is the official transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer. At closing, you will sign your mortgage paperwork to solidify your purchase. From there, you officially become a homeowner and will be handed the keys to your new home so you can begin making memories.
The Tools to Help You Find Your Home
Once you’ve defined your home search goals, discussed them with me, and have spoken with a mortgage professional to see what your buying power is — you’re ready to find your dream home! In addition to my local knowledge as a Realtor, I offer online tools which can help make your initial search as easy as possible.
Find a Home Using My Interactive Map Search
I know that location plays an important role in the home buying process. Use the map search available on my website to view homes located in or near the area you love.
Get to Know the Neighborhood
Feel confident and informed about your neighborhood choice! On any listing page, you can learn more about the communities you are interested in, including a breakdown of the local population, school ratings and more.
Create an Account on My Website
Sign up for an account on my website to save searches, favorite homes you love, receive real time property alerts, and more!
Download My RE/MAX Mobile App
Available for iOS and Android devices, my app brings the same experience found on my website to your smartphone or tablet. Save searches, favorite listings and schedule showings — all while on the go!