mY QUICK GUIDE TO BUYING A HOME
step 1. GET APPROVED
Unless you have cash, you will need a mortgage to buy a home. Call a mortgage lender and do an application to see how much you are approved for. Don't waste your time looking at homes priced at $500,000 when you are only approved for $150,000. You will be very disappointed making that switch and probably ruin your home buying experience.
step 2. know your wants vs your needs
If you want a fence because you have a dog, I get it, but you don't need a fence and can always add one. Don't lose your dream home because there is no fence. We can consider the cost of the fence during negotiations. If you have 5 people in your home, what you need is a 2nd bathroom.
step 3. find a house
In the olden days, Seller's would call Realtors to list their house and Realtors would put the listing in a physical book. This book would be shared by the office and everyone would look through it to find housing to view. Welcome to 2018 where we have the internet. Let the search begin!
step 4. negotiate
This is why you need a Realtor. Do you know what an escrow is? or what an effective date means? Do you know the difference between a loan approval and a loan contingency? Do you know what the CFPB requirements are or what a FIRPTA is? How about who pays the owner's title policy or special assessments? Force Majeure or FinCEN? Don't try to be a Realtor, stick to your job and let me do mine. I'm licensed and certified by the State of Florida and I would hate to see you end up in a lawsuit or behind bars.
STEP 5. THE CLOSING PROCESS
Once I've secured the perfect home for you, you will be on your way to closing! I'll guide you through the inspection process, the appraisal, repairs and insurance and make sure you know exactly what is going down. I'll also work hard to secure you any discounts along the way, I'm savvy and I know a few people.
STEP 6. CLOSING DAy
Congratulations! You've made it. I'll have already prepared you with a moving checklist so you'll be ready to move in!