Buyer Info

Get Preapproved for a Loan
Obtain a copy of your credit report and your FICO score and, if necessary, do what you need to do to improve it. The higher your FICO score, the better interest rate you can command. You can get this information online or I can help you by setting you up with a trusted lender. Contact several lenders and determine which one will give you the best deal.

Determine Your Price Range and Area(s) in Which You're Interested
By now you should have a good idea of how much home you can afford. This helps you narrow down your home search. You should also begin researching the neighborhoods in which you might want to live. I can also help you with this.

Decide Which Amenities and Features You Must Have – and Which Ones Would Be Nice but not Necessary
How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? Would you prefer a newer home or an older one with established landscaping? Are hardwood floors a must? Is an updated kitchen important to you? Walk-in closets? Which features would you be willing to give up if you find the otherwise-perfect home?

Begin Testing the Market
Identify properties that seem to be fits for you, take an afternoon and go on a driving tour. See what's available in your price range and explore neighborhoods.

With Your Agent, Begin Seriously Looking at Homes
I can add to the list of homes you've already identified – including ones that have just come on the market. Look at homes with a critical eye – does the floor plan work for you, is the property in good condition, would it be right for your lifestyle? In short, can you imagine yourself and your family living there?

Take notes at each home you visit. What do you like and not like? Narrow down your choices; re-visit homes in which you're interested. See them at different times of the day.

Make an Offer
When you've identified the home you want to buy, I'll prepare a purchase agreement for you to sign. We'll go over the contract together to make sure it's what you want.

At this stage, try not to become emotionally attached to a home. Your offer may not be accepted for any number of reasons. Have backup homes in mind.

Once Your Offer Is Accepted:

You'll be asked to submit an earnest money deposit that usually isn't refundable.
Begin making moving arrangements (select a mover, obtain change-of-address cards, inform friends and relatives).
Have the property professionally inspected.
If necessary, request repairs.
Obtain homeowner's insurance.
Contact utilities (phone, water, power, etc.).
A few days before closing, stage a walk-through.
Obtain a cashier's check for the down payment and closing costs.

At Closing:

Make sure the terms and conditions of the loan statement are correct.
Carefully read everything before you sign.



Steps to Buying a Home curtesy of Re/Max International


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Angela Amaral Real Estate