Are you getting ready to buy a home?
Here are four keys to being prepared to make your first offer.
1. Know what you can afford and how much cash you will need. Knowing what you qualify for before looking at any homes will save you the disappointment that can come from falling in love with a home that’s out of reach. We’ll be happy to “pre-qualify” you now so you’ll know what will work later.
2. Know where you want to be. Learn about the neighborhood before you make an offer to buy. Sample the commute. Talk to would be neighbors. See the schools, shops and services before you start negotiating.
3. Choose your property type. Consider your range of choices: single family, multi-family, townhome, condo, co-op, new construction, etc. Know the pros and cons of each. Decide which fits your needs, and define your search accordingly.
4. Obtain a valid pre-approval before you make an offer. This entails document verification, a credit check and automated or actual underwriting. If all is in order, you will receive the equivalent of a loan commitment that’s subject to a contract, appraisal and title work. Your pre-approval gives you and the seller confidence in your ability to close the deal once you find your perfect home.
You will probably buy a home only a few times in your life, but we’re laser focused on the process every day. We know how important proper preparation can be to making the process easy and rewarding. Now, so do you.