Find a REALTOR ® whom you can trust
The First Step… Choosing an agent that you can trust is a big first step in the home-buying process. Your agent will be with you every step of the way and represent you through the entire process of buying your new home. They will work with you and show you re-sale homes listed by First Properties and our competitors. They can also show you for sale by owner properties, and new construction.
In this highly competitive market where properties are in limited supply and in great demand, it is important for you to get your financing in order before you start looking. Being pre-approved will save you time, stress, and money. Most sellers are requiring a pre-approval letter with the offer. Your agent can put you in contact with lenders that will help you figure out the best financial options for you in buying a home.
The Search Begins
Once you’ve established the type of home you’re searching for and the amount of money you want to spend, it’s time to start looking. Your agent will set up a search for you where you will be e-mailed properties that fit your criteria as soon as they come on the market. They will also send you properties that are coming soon to the market.
When you find your dream home, your agent will help you put together an offer. Your agent has extensive experience in contract negotiations. In today’s market of limited supply and high demand, some homes are going for over the asking price. Your agent will show you comparable properties that have already been sold and other information to help you make an informed buying decision.
After The Accepted Offer
Once your offer is accepted, everything will start to happen very quickly. Dealing with and organizing inspections, repair negotiations, utility transfers, and movers can get overwhelming. Your agent will be there to help guide you and make recommendations through the entire process.
On closing day, you will normally walk thru the property before signing the closing papers. Be prepared to bring your cashier’s check and driver’s license to the closing at the attorney’s office. If you are wiring money, please do it at a minimum of the day before closing. Your agent will never give you wiring instructions. Please confirm wiring instructions with the attorney’s office voice to voice. After the deed is recorded, you will be given keys to move into your new home!