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Buyer Tips

Choosing your real estate professional is, perhaps, the most important decision you will make when buying property. I believe the more you look around, the more you will see the value of working with me.

However, no matter whom you choose, these simple tips will help you find and purchase the home of your dreams more quickly and efficiently. If you're a first-time buyer you can find more information here. It is important for you to know there are still first time home buyer programs available through USDA for very little money down, based on qualification. ASK ME!

Before you shop:

Be a smart consumer. Learn the financing basics. It is the very first step in buying a home. We must know what you qualify for before we get out there and shop. Get pre-approved. This takes very little time and lets you know the price range that fits your lifestyle.

Know what you want. The last thing you need is to close a deal and realize you bought a house you don't want. Ask yourself what you're looking for in a home, before you shop. Think about size, commute time and necessary repairs.

Keep your debt load to a minimum. Don't make major purchases or incur any additional debt until after your purchase. Pay down credit cards and don't apply for new ones. Remember, financial institutions evaluate your financial situation on your gross monthly income. Your total monthly house costs should not exceed 28 percent of your gross monthly income.

Be prepared to view new properties quickly. Sometimes homes sell quickly, so be ready to make fast decisions. Be accessible to change the terms.

Have instant access to your agent. Instant communication can mean the difference in purchasing the property of your choice.

Before you buy:

Submit a strong competitive offer.

Include a substantial earnest money deposit. Sometimes offers are accepted based on the amount of the deposit but not always, this also depends on the type of loan you are using.

Try to minimize the number of contingencies. Fewer contingencies mean a stronger offer.

Hire an inspector. A professional building inspector. This is a very inexpensive way to find out the home you are buying is in good condition. Or what to expect is needed in repairs for your home.

Check zoning regulations and covenants. Good residential neighborhoods will be zoned to keep out commercial and industrial users. Read any restrictive covenants and make sure they fit your lifestyle.

Make sure you know what stays or goes.
Your contract should be very specific about which items (appliances, etc) are included in the sale.


Get agreements in writing. Make certain verbal agreements are written into the final contract to avoid any stressful and expensive issues later.