Steps to Owning a Home

Posted by Ernestina Birova on March 21, 2013

Steps to Owning a HomeFor most people, buying a home is the biggest decision they will ever make. There are many important factors to be considered and many essential steps to take. Below you find a simple road map of what you can expect in the process of buying new home.

Step 1. –  Make the Decision to Buy

Home ownership gives you and your family a sense of stability and security. It’s making an investment in your future.

Whatever your current situation is renting or owning; buying a new home is certainly a very exciting time, but it is important that you know all the facts and making sure buying makes financial sense to fit into your lifestyle.

Place a value on the enjoyment and satisfaction that you will derive from owning your new home and be sure this is the right move for you and your family.

Step 2. –  Get Professional Guidance

Whether you are looking to buy or sell, it is important that you get help and advice from a trusted real estate professional. Your real estate agent should act as a consultant and guide you through the entire buying process. That includes answering questions about the neighborhood, market conditions, schools, and helping you get the finance you need. At the same time, your agent will assist you in acquiring a pre-qualified mortgage loan. This will show lenders you are committed to purchasing a home and make your financing arrangements a lot easier.

Step 3. – Begin the Search

To begin the search, you should have a general idea about the type home you want. Your real estate professional will use all of their resources to find homes that fit your criteria. You agent will also be able to advise you on “hot” markets and any good deals that are available. After touring some homes, your search will be narrowed down, and you will be one step closer to finding your dream home!

Step 4. – Finding your Dream Home

After you find your dream home, your agent will begin the process to get you moved in as quickly and easily as possible. The process usually begins with putting together an offer to the seller that is tailored to your needs. After the seller accepts the offer, closing is usually held within 30-60 days from the offer date.

Step 5. – Negotiate the Deal

It is very likely that the seller will submit a counter offer. This should not discourage you. Your agent will help you assess the counter offer and help decide whether to accept the counter offer, submit another counter offer, or reject the counter offer and move on. Emotions can often get in the way of making good decisions. Your agent will be well-prepared to make this step easy and stress-free.

Step 6. – Arrange Financing

During the closing period, you will be working with your mortgage lender to obtain the financing you require. Your agent will also be involved in this step by gathering the necessary property information that the lender requires to help you get that much closer to the end.

Step 7. – Close the Deal

At the time of submitting your loan application you will be presented with closing cost estimates and the expected down payment. Your agent will review the closing cost estimate and provide you with an idea of how accurate the estimate is.

Step 8. – MOVE IN!

The most exciting step in the home buying process- moving day! A little bit of planning here will help ease the pressure of moving. Your agent’s work doesn’t end here. You will be provided with a checklist of reminders to help make your moving experience a delight!

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