Congratulations! If you’re here, then you’re considering buying a home!
I understand how turning that consideration into a reality may feel daunting. It’s one thing to browse listings on Zillow, but where do you actually start?
Let’s take it one step at a time and walk through the process together.
To get ideas flowing, take some time and put pen to paper. Really consider the following questions about buying a home. These will help get you started and give us some solid ideas to discuss.
Everyone has their own "why". What's yours? Are you looking for a condo, townhome, or residential home? If you're not sure, let's chat about the pros and cons of each. There’s no better time than the present for us to get a pulse on how the market’s moving and start your search for a new home.
Are you buying in cash? If not, have you spoken to a loan officer? They can help you find out how much you can afford. I have referrals for reputable lenders who offer a variety of programs and suggest speaking with a few to know your options. Getting you pre-approved before we even start looking means we can spend more time on the exciting aspects of finding your home.
Can you fund a home on your own, and do you have the final say in all the decision-making, or are there others involved in the process? Getting everyone on the same page from the start can help prevent conflict or confusion down the road.
Take a look at your timeline. Perhaps your lease is ending, your kids are starting school, or you’re starting a new job that requires you to move by a specific date. Or is your calendar open, allowing for more flexibility?
It may help to pull up a map and see what cities, towns, suburbs, or rural country spaces you can imagine calling home. Is there a school district you are particularly partial to living in? How far are you willing to commute?
Do you want to be by a park your dog can play in? Are gourmet restaurants something you can’t live without? Would you like to replace a stressful commute with public transportation? Does the thought of being close to open space make you overjoyed?
Does the idea of renovating a home make you excited to throw on a tool belt? Can you afford to carry two house payments? Or does the thought of dealing with painting and plumbing make you cringe, and you want a home where all you need to bring is your suitcase?
Are there any aspects of your home that must be accessible or meet specific criteria? For example, do you need wheelchair accessibility or a home office? List any non-negotiables you have to have in your home.
Let’s get creative! What elements would you include in your new home that would make you feel wholeheartedly satisfied? Does it have three bedrooms, a quarter acre, gas heating, scenic views, and a two-car garage? What do you love about the home you live in now?
Note which of the above features is a “need to have” versus a “nice to have.” Remaining flexible with your criteria prevents disappointment about the market and potentially missing out on magnificent homes you may not have considered.
HOW CAN I HELP?
You’ve just built the foundation of finding your home. Now that you have a list of things to consider, let’s work together and find a house that fits your needs, location, goals, and budget.
What makes an agent like myself qualified to help, and why should you work with me? I’m glad you asked.
The Seller pays both of the Real Estate agent commissions at closing, so my services are free of charge to you. You’ll have a knowledgeable, communicative, and compassionate advocate with a sincere interest in finding and finalizing the sale of your new home, saving you money, time, and stress.
As an active member of the National Association of Realtors® (NARS®), I’ve made a pledge to prioritize my client’s best interest. I’m committed to my career, approach my work with integrity, and hold myself to a very high standard. In addition to my expertise, I aim to make home-buying enjoyable, and I’m excited to make this an extraordinary experience for you.
Realtors® have a fiduciary duty, meaning they must act in the best interest of their clients. I’ll always put your best interests first, work to understand your needs, goals, and even limitations, and do whatever it takes to make them a part of your future home without pushing you outside of your means. I’ll be the authoritative buffer between you and the Sellers, so you can partake in the buying process without feeling any pressure.
Finding the perfect home requires an open mind and a finger on the pulse of the market. As a resourceful pragmatist, I have an extensive network of Realtors® and brokers that casts a wider net to find more buying options and save you time. I’m always available to act quickly when the perfect listing goes live online.
It can be difficult to verify the validity of a listing price. I can help analyze the market for you by working up a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) and looking at what similar properties have sold for recently. Your best interests are my primary concern, and we’ll decide together what tactic to take with the offer price you’re comfortable making.
Buying a home is the biggest purchase you might ever make. When emotions inevitably arise, I can offer objective information and recommendations. Acting as an unbiased eye means I can see options you may not have thought of. Helping to clear any hurdles in a cool, calm, and professional manner means you can stay focused on finding your home.